Thoroughbreds (2017) Review

Comedy Crime Drama


Director: Cory Finley

Cast: Olivia Cooke, Anya Taylor-Joy, Anton Yelchin

Runtime: 1h 32 mins

What’s it about? 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. (Via IMDb)

To describe Thoroughbreds as a comedy-drama would not do it justice. It has the atmosphere of a drama with a constant unsettling horror vibe, and blends comedic dialogue with thrilling moments whilst maintaining the story’s crime theme. Thoroughbreds effortlessly combines all these genres into one chilling, suspenseful, and engaging movie.

The movie mainly focuses on two friends: Amanda, (Olivia Cooke) a cold, unemotional psychopath, and Lily, (Anya Taylor-Joy) a privileged, dishonest student. These intriguing characters are the film’s standout, watching them interact was truly fascinating. Their conversations hold your interest and use dark humour to match the film’s sinister tone. Cooke and Taylor-joy were perfectly cast, delivering highly convincing performances. They did an amazing job showing and developing their character’s personalities. Since Thoroughbreds combines multiple genres, it never loses momentum; the film continues to deliver thrills and shocks from the first shot till the credits roll. It’s unpredictable, like the lead characters’ behaviours, which makes the film even more interesting. The ominous atmosphere, memorable characters, and gripping story all contribute to the entertainment of the film, hence making Thoroughbreds an enjoyable and thrilling watch.

When to watch? If you are in the mood for a dark, funny, and unpredictable movie then Thoroughbreds will entertain you.

A Good Match For: Anyone who likes black comedies or enjoys gripping and unpredictable thrillers. Also, people who like character study films or are looking for something original to watch.

Not A Good Match For: People that aren’t fond of dialogue-heavy films or films that combine multiple genres.

Similar movies: Heathers, American Psycho.


  • Interesting characters
  • Great cast
  • Well-written story


Overall, an impressive directorial debut from Cory Finley who delivers a sinister, funny and unpredictable film that beautifully combines multiple genres.


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