I saw Cory Finley’s directorial debut THOROUGHBREDS at Sundance last year, and while I wasn’t particularly impressed at the time, I recently watched it again and was able to appreciate the film more for Finley’s nuanced writing and the performances by Olivia Cooke (Me and Earl and the Dying Girl) and Anya Taylor-Joy (Split).
Focus Features is stepping up the marketing for the movie, which they picked up at Sundance and are releasing March 9, with a new trailer filled with pull quotes from reviews and giving viewers a better idea of what to expect from Finley’s film.
Basically, the two actors play childhood friends Lily and Amanda who reunite at Lily’s Connecticut mansion to study. As they bond over their very different lifestyles, Lily confesses that she wants to kill her insufferable stepfather, played by Paul Sparks.
Finley’s accomplished debut is also the final film featuring Anton Yelchin before his death in 2016, and we’ll have an interview with Finley sometime next week.
In some ways, it actually might be better to go into Thoroughbreds without knowing too much about it, so you might not even want to watch the trailer or read the official synopsis below:
Childhood friends Lily and Amanda reconnect in suburban Connecticut after years of growing apart. Lily has turned into a polished, upper-class teenager, with a fancy boarding school on her transcript and a coveted internship on her resume; Amanda has developed a sharp wit and her own particular attitude, but all in the process of becoming a social outcast. Though they initially seem completely at odds, the pair bond over Lily’s contempt for her oppressive stepfather, Mark, and as their friendship grows, they begin to bring out one another’s most destructive tendencies. Their ambitions lead them to hire a local hustler, Tim, and take matters into their own hands to set their lives straight.Edward Douglas | East Coast Editor