Dark teen comedies often focus on the social aspects of high school, and the endless competition for popularity leaves some feeling down. “Thoroughbreds” takes the groundwork laid out by its predecessors and focuses on two very different outcasts who embrace each other – and whose goals have nothing to do with a peer competitor. or discotheque. Nor is there love, at least not in any conventional sense. This is the story of Lily and Amanda and the focus is entirely on them and their difficult relationship.
Both Taylor-Joy and Cooke deliver incredible performances that convey a sense of authenticity to the girls. While very few teenage girls have ever concluded a murder deal with their friends, Lily and Amanda make you see how they can do it. Their dialogue is never twee and their friendship is never forced, instead they grow throughout the film as they both recognize each other’s strengths and grow to appreciate them. Both characters are allowed to be deeply flawed and somewhat unlovable, never falling for the cliché bad girls.
Adolescence is when we find out what we will become and how we can fit into the world. In “Thoroughbreds,” the two teenage protagonists try to figure out how to make the world the way they want it to be. They were title hybrids just like the horses that Amanda loved; they are privileged beings given the right to rule freely. They are villains in their own story, but they are amazing to watch and they are amazingly funny. Eat your heart out, Amy Dunne.
https://www.slashfilm.com/965966/the-daily-stream-thoroughbreds-mixes-horses-humor-and-homicide/ Mix of Horse, Humor and Murder