Thoroughbreds – Film Club Review

thoroughbredsThis directorial debut that featured at MIFF has been described as Heathers meets American Psycho – Was it as thrilling as it sounds?

Title: Thoroughbreds
Genre: Drama
Classification: M
Director: Cory Finley

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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While I certainly applaud the efforts, it was evident that this was a directorial debut that could’ve benefited from some more experience. Thoroughbreds skims the surface of that which it promises to deliver. The slow and nonchalant nature of the film overtook a lot of the opportunity for shock factor, dialogue and context. It all seems rather rushed, but slow at the same time, glossing over important backstory to instead give the audience a snapshot of the present day without allowing us the opportunity to decide whether or not we’re invested in the story. While it’s certainly a very watchable film, there was not quite enough Heathers and not quite enough American Psycho for me. - Mali

Originally written as a play, Thoroughbreds is well written but doesn’t quite land the transition from stage to screen. Tonally all over the place, this has the plot of a crime thriller, the score of a horror movie, and dialogue filled with comedic moments. While it’s possible to juggle all these genres, this film didn’t quite pull it off. There was something lacking that left this falling flat a lot of the time. However, the film is backed by an engaging narrative and great dialogue, along with some solid laughs. The direction this took the two main characters was clever, and the great performances by the cast carried this through. I ended up enjoying this a lot despite also feeling like it left a lot to be desired. - Liam

Keywords used to describe this movie:

Satirical. Bland. Uncertain. Deadpan. Surprising. Funny. Dark. Sardonic. Lacking.

Would you recommend it to a friend?

Perhaps – It’s an enjoyable movie, but don’t go in expecting a masterpiece.

Average rating:
A five-star rating

 

 

 

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And the next film is…

Title: The Breaker Upperers1_breaker
Genre: Comedy
Classification: M
Director: Madeleine Sami, Jackie van Beek

Two women cynical in love, set up an agency to break couples up as a way to avoid letting go and moving on with their lives.