There’s not actually all that much violence in Thoroughbreds, a WASP-y satire that’s nevertheless being billed as “Heathers meets American Psycho”. Two horsy Connecticut girls have dark secrets and vaguely defined plans to escape their immediate circumstances. Amanda is emotionless and misunderstood; Lily wears pearl earrings and hates her stepfather. Based on a play, the film feels very much like it’s trying to figure out its own point. It’s not a rich girl/poor girl story – they’re both rich – and the menacing stepdad is more of a fussy nuisance than an actual villain. It’s mildly funny and very bougie, but the film is saved by the late Anton Yelchin, filmed just weeks before his bizarre death, as an unlucky drug dealer.
Thoroughbreds is playing this week at Cinemaworld Lincoln and Showcase Cinemas (Providence Place / Warwick only)