Thoroughbreds (2017)

Thoroughbreds
Director: Cory Finley
Writer: Cory Finley
Cast: Olivia Cooke, Anya Taylor-Joy, Anton Yelchin, Paul Sparks, Francie Swift, Kaili Vernoff
Seen on: 14.3.2021

Content Note: ableism/saneism

Plot:
Lily (Anya Taylor-Joy) and Amanda (Olivia Cooke) used to be friends when they were children, but they haven’t seen each other in a long time. Now Amanda’s mother has asked Lily to hang out with her again since Amanda got quite a reputation after an incident with her horse. And Amanda is weird, no doubt about it. But despite initial awkwardness, they bond over their mutual dislike for Lily’s stepdad Mark (Paul Sparks) – which leads to a plan that could solve their problem.

Thoroughbreds has excellent performances and a good sense of style, but also an ending that ruined the film for me, unfortunately.

The film poster showing Lily (Anya Taylor-Joy) and Amanda (Olivia Cooke) sitting as far away from each other as possible on a white couch in a white room wearing white and gray.
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The Lovebirds (2020)

The Lovebirds
Director: Michael Showalter
Writer: Aaron Abrams, Brendan Gall
Cast: Issa Rae, Kumail Nanjiani, Paul Sparks, Anna Camp, Nicholas X. Parsons, Kyle Bornheimer
Seen on: 18.10.2020

Plot:
Leilani (Issa Rae) and Jibran (Kumail Nanjiani) have been happy for a long time, but probably not anymore. On the way to a dinner party, they start to fight yet again – and break up. Just at this moment, a guy (Paul Sparks) stops their car, telling them he’s a police officer chasing after a criminal. He gets in and they drive after the other guy. But when they catch up with him, the supposed police officer doesn’t arrest the supposed criminal, but just murders him using their car, then taking off. Leilani and Jibran fear that they are going to be blamed for the murder. In their panic, they decide to track down the guy who got them into this mess themselves and bring him to the police. That is easier said than done, though.

The Lovebirds is made by its two leads, who play their characters perfectly and have a great connection with each other. That makes the film fun to watch even when it isn’t quite as hilarious as you’d like.

The film poster showing Leilani (Issa Rae) and Jibran (Kumail Nanjiani) sitting in a baxk alley filled with trash, looking exhausted.
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