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Thoroughbreds (2017)

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Two upper-class teenage girls in suburban Connecticut rekindle their unlikely friendship after years of growing apart. Together, they hatch a plan to solve both of their problems-no matter what the cost.

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Cory Finley

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Cory Finley
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Olivia Cooke ... Amanda
Anya Taylor-Joy ... Lily
Anton Yelchin ... Tim
Paul Sparks ... Mark
Francie Swift ... Cynthia
Kaili Vernoff ... Karen
Svetlana Orlova Svetlana Orlova ... Housekeeper
Alyssa Fishenden Alyssa Fishenden ... Jessica
Jackson Damon Jackson Damon ... Phil
James Haddad James Haddad ... Michael
Nolan Ball Nolan Ball ... Delivery Guy
Celeste Oliva ... Receptionist
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Storyline

In suburban Connecticut, upper-class high school-er Amanda (Olivia Cooke) euthanize her crippled horse with a knife, resulting in charges of animal cruelty. Some time later, Amanda arrives at the home of the more popular and academically-inclined Lily (Anya Taylor-Joy). The girls had previously been best friends but grew apart after the death of Lily's father. They meet under the pretense of hanging out and having a casual tutoring session, but Amanda knows that her mother (Kaili Vernoff) has paid Lily to socialize with Amanda. Lily denies being paid, but Amanda, left emotionless by an unspecified mental disorder, is unfazed. Lily meets with Amanda again, this time voluntarily, and they rekindle their friendship..

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

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Good Breeding Gone Bad


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for disturbing behavior, bloody images, language, sexual references, and some drug content | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

9 March 2018 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Thoroughbred See more »

Filming Locations:

Wellesley, Massachusetts, USA

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$1,224,430, 11 March 2018, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$2,830,775, 29 March 2018
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Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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Trivia

The film has remained in limbo for almost 2 years. Production lasted from May to June 2016, and the film wasn't theatrically released until March 9th, 2018. This was due to a long and extensive festival circuit in 2017, not to mention post-production and marketing. See more »

Goofs

The window changes position between shots slightly when Tim talks to Lily in her car. See more »

Quotes

Amanda: Well, the shrink would sure like it to be. First it was borderline personality, than severe depression, now she thinks I'm antisocial with schizoid tendencies. She's basically just flipping to random pages of the DSM and throwing medications at me. But at the end of the day, I have a perfectly healthy brain. It just doesn't contain feelings. And that doesn't necessarily make me a bad person. It just means I have to work a little harder than everybody else to be good.
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Crazy Credits

The title is shown at the beginning of the credits, followed by a dedication to Anton Yelchin. See more »

Connections

Features The Little Princess (1939) See more »

Soundtracks

Ce N'Est Pas Moi
Written by Tanis Chalopin
Performed by Tanis Chalopin (as Tanis)
Courtesy of Tanis
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Off to the Races?
13 March 2018 | by aciessiSee all my reviews

SPOILER: Thoroughbreds was quite a bit to process for me. On the surface, it's a story about young would-be murderers who are plotting to kill a stepfather in a WASPy Connecticut setting. Symbolically, it's a story about free will and letting go of all inhibitions. Amanda teaches Lily that committing a murder is all about getting away from yourself and focusing on the goal. Throughout the film, they relate it to how Steve Jobs dropped out of college and founded his own computer company. Strange and satirical, for sure. Cooke and Joy are a fabulous duo.

The pacing of the film is even more off-putting. Also, despite being advertised as a comedy, Thoroughbreds is so matter of fact and grim, I couldn't decipher what was supposed to be funny from what was supposed to be dead serious. That was entirely the point, but I found myself scratching my head more than enjoying the nuance.


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