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* RealityEnsues: [[spoiler:Your average, low-level drug dealer isn't going to be 100% on board with murdering someone, even for money. Tim bails on the plan at the first opportunity, knowing the girls can't report him. Amanda and Lily decide to cut their losses and let him go.]]



* ScrewThisImOuttaHere: [[spoiler:Tim bails on the plan to murder Mark at the first opportunity, knowing the girls can't report him. Amanda and Lily decide to cut their losses and let him go]].



* SpoiledBrat: Lily is this, though she denies it.

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* SpoiledBrat: Although she tries to deny it, Lily is this, though often acts like she denies it.is entitled to a better life than others. Her unwillingness to take give up her privileged and sheltered lifestyle by going to boarding school forms a large part of her motivation to murder her stepfather.


** In the backstory, [[spoiler:Amanda attempted to MercyKill her horse, but it wound up being a brutally violent act. This shows both Amanda's relative moral code, and her willingness to kill if she thinks it's for the greater good.]]

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** In the backstory, [[spoiler:Amanda [Amanda attempted to MercyKill her horse, but it wound up being a brutally violent act. This shows both Amanda's relative moral code, and her willingness to kill if she thinks it's for the greater good.]]



* ColdOpen: The movie starts with Amanda inside a stable at night with a horse, picking up a knife. [[spoiler: It's later revealed that she killed the horse as a MercyKill.]]

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* ColdOpen: The movie starts with Amanda inside a stable at night with a horse, picking up a knife. [[spoiler: It's later revealed that she killed the horse as a MercyKill.]]



* DoWrongRight: Amanda has no problem with Lily wanting to kill her stepfather. However, she's very insistent that they do it ''for the right reasons.'' [[spoiler:This also applies to how she killed her horse. For what it's worth, Amanda truly intended to give the animal a quick death, for what she felt were necessary reasons.]]

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* DoWrongRight: DoWrongRight:
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Amanda has no problem with Lily wanting to kill her stepfather. However, she's very insistent that they do it ''for the right reasons.'' [[spoiler:This ''
** This
also applies to how she killed her horse. For what it's worth, Amanda truly intended to give the animal a quick death, for what she felt were necessary reasons.]]



* MercyKill: [[spoiler:Amanda killed her own horse before the events of the film because it had broken a leg and her mother didn't have the courage to euthanize it. However, since Amanda was ill-prepared, what was supposed to be a quick, painless death turned into a very drawn-out and bloody process]].
* MoralSociopathy: Amanda. She doesn't feel anything -- not guilt, fear, happiness, sadness, or even anger. However, she says that she can still be a good person, she just has to work harder at it than most. She's still perfectly willing to kill Mark, but says it's because he does more bad than good; the way she sees it, human life isn't inherently sacred, and some people are better off dead. She also claims she only [[spoiler:killed her horse because he was in pain and going to die anyway, and her mother refused to take him to the vet to have him put down. She also tried to do it quickly and painlessly, though it didn't work out that way]]. She's never cruel just for the sake of it, [[spoiler:and willingly takes the fall for Lily in the end]], so she ''does'' seem to follow a code. Her code is just [[BlueAndOrangeMorality different.]]

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* MercyKill: [[spoiler:Amanda Amanda killed her own horse before the events of the film because it had broken a leg and her mother didn't have the courage to euthanize it. However, since Amanda was ill-prepared, what was supposed to be a quick, painless death turned into a very drawn-out and bloody process]].
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* MoralSociopathy: Amanda. She doesn't feel anything -- not guilt, fear, happiness, sadness, or even anger. However, she says that she can still be a good person, she just has to work harder at it than most. She's still perfectly willing to kill Mark, but says it's because he does more bad than good; the way she sees it, human life isn't inherently sacred, and some people are better off dead. She also claims she only [[spoiler:killed killed her horse because he was in pain and going to die anyway, and her mother refused to take him to the vet to have him put down. She also tried to do it quickly and painlessly, though it didn't work out that way]].way. She's never cruel just for the sake of it, [[spoiler:and willingly takes the fall for Lily in the end]], so she ''does'' seem to follow a code. Her code is just [[BlueAndOrangeMorality different.]]


* MercyKill: [[spoiler:Amanda killed her own horse before the events of the film because it had broken a leg and her mother didn't have the courage to euthanize it. However, since Amanda was ill-prepared, what was supposed to be a quick, painless death turned into a very slow and bloody process]].

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* MercyKill: [[spoiler:Amanda killed her own horse before the events of the film because it had broken a leg and her mother didn't have the courage to euthanize it. However, since Amanda was ill-prepared, what was supposed to be a quick, painless death turned into a very slow drawn-out and bloody process]].


* MercyKill: [[spoiler:Amanda kills her own horse before the events of the film. She cites this as the reason why she did it.]]

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* MercyKill: [[spoiler:Amanda kills killed her own horse before the events of the film. She cites this as film because it had broken a leg and her mother didn't have the reason why she did it.]]courage to euthanize it. However, since Amanda was ill-prepared, what was supposed to be a quick, painless death turned into a very slow and bloody process]].


* DownerEnding: [[spoiler:Lily gets away with murdering Mark and framing Amanda. While Amanda is stuck in an institution, Lily moves on and is about to get into college. When Amanda writes a meaningful letter about her dreams, Lily throws it away without reading it. Or at least that's what she tells Tim.]]
** [[spoiler: Amanda is fine though, and actually genuinely smiles when looking at a photo of her and Lily as kids riding horses.]]

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* DownerEnding: [[spoiler:Lily gets away with murdering Mark and framing Amanda. While Amanda is stuck in an institution, Lily moves on and is about to get into college. When Amanda writes a meaningful letter about her dreams, Lily throws it away without reading it. Or it (or at least that's what she tells Tim.]]
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Tim). The only silver lining is that Amanda is fine though, adjusts well to her new life and actually genuinely smiles seems to be able to experience genuine emotions again, as evidenced by her smile when looking at a photo of her and Lily as kids riding horses.]]


** ''Mark''. While he isn't abusive to Lilly, he's so rude, nasty, and aggressive that it seems unlikely anyone will feel any sympathy for him [[spoiler:even after Lily kills him.]]

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** ''Mark''. While he isn't physically abusive to Lilly, he's so rude, nasty, and aggressive that it seems unlikely anyone will feel any sympathy for him [[spoiler:even after Lily kills him.]]



* BlueAndOrangeMorality: The way Amanda sees it, murder is okay if the victim is deserving.
** Amanda has a strange moral system in general. She doesn’t mind that her mother has to ‘buy’ friends for her, but is offended by Lily’s lying about it. She’s also obviously very confused when Lily asks her to leave after Amanda casually suggested [[spoiler:that Lily should kill Mark.]]

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* BlueAndOrangeMorality: The way Amanda sees it, has a strange moral system. She believes that murder is okay if the victim is deserving.
** Amanda has a strange moral system in general. She doesn’t
deserving, she doesn't mind that her mother has to ‘buy’ "buy" friends for her, but is offended by Lily’s lying about it. She’s also it, and is obviously very confused when Lily asks her to leave after Amanda casually suggested [[spoiler:that that Lily should kill Mark.]]



* {{Jerkass}}: Mark. Good lord, what an ''asshole''.
* JerkassHasAPoint: While Mark's lecture to Lily is cruel, it's not totally inaccurate. Amanda even says as much.

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* {{Jerkass}}: Mark. Good lord, what Mark is such an ''asshole''.
asshole that viewers are likely to agree with Amanda that the world would be better off without him.
* JerkassHasAPoint: While Mark's lecture to Lily is needlessly cruel, it's even Amanda has to admit that his assessment of Lily as a SpoiledBrat who lacks empathy for others is not totally inaccurate. Amanda even says as much.inaccurate.


* AbusiveParents: Subverted. [[spoiler: At the start, Mark is implied to be this, but by the end of the film it becomes apparent that he's just a jerk.]]

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* AbusiveParents: Subverted. [[spoiler: At the start, While Mark is implied to be this, but by the end of the film it becomes apparent that he's just a jerk.]]never gets physically violent, he displays some blatant emotionally abusive behavior towards Lily, insulting and belittling her at every opportunity.


The film is notable for being Anton Yelchin's last movie, as he died in a freak auto-related accident exactly two weeks after filming.

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The film is notable for being Anton Yelchin's Creator/AntonYelchin's last movie, as he died in a freak auto-related accident exactly two weeks after filming.

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** Amanda has a strange moral system in general. She doesn’t mind that her mother has to ‘buy’ friends for her, but is offended by Lily’s lying about it. She’s also obviously very confused when Lily asks her to leave after Amanda casually suggested [[spoiler:that Lily should kill Mark.]]

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* SymbolicSereneSubmersion: Lily and Amanda play a game to see who can hold their breath longest underwater. Lily holds hers for an extremely long time, and Amanda gets concerned and swims down to pull Lily up, which is symbolic of Lily's growing murderous feelings for [[spoiler:her stepfather]] and foreshadowing that [[spoiler:while Lily will eventually commit the murder, Amanda is the one who takes the fall for it, almost gladly.]]


* FreudianExcuse: It's implied Lily never got over the death of her father.

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* FreudianExcuse: FreudianExcuse:
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It's implied Lily never got over the death of her father.father.
** Mark, too, references that his own father would beat him for disobedience or imagined disobedience.


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* KarmaHoudini: [[spoiler:Lily. She gets everything she wanted.]]


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* NotSoDifferent:
** Amanda and Lily. They appear to be total opposites, as Lily is a preppy, high-achieving StepfordSmiler with an excellent reputation, and Amanda is a sociopath with absolutely no friends or moral scruples. [[spoiler:But Lily has also been faking most of this all along; she was also thrown out and ostracized from her old school, and she murders Mark and frames Amanda for it rather than go to boarding school.]]
** Perhaps more disturbingly, Lily and Mark. [[spoiler:Mark is a total asshole and obsessive ControlFreak who gets close to threatening Lily with violence on one occasion. However, Lily herself shows that she can be extremely violent towards Mark when he threatens to dismantle her perfect life, which is symbolically represented by her taking his car after she kills him and gets away with it.]]


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* RoleSwapPlot: The whole movie is a variant. It sets up a premise: Lily is the popular, well-adjusted, empathic, and emotional one, while Amanda is the disturbing, cold, and sociopathic one who is completely without empathy. [[spoiler:By the end of the film, Lily has murdered Mark, framed Amanda, and gotten away with it, apparently without any remorse whatsoever, while Amanda has sacrificed herself and actually enjoys life in a psychiatric ward, where she is at last able to feel genuine happiness when she remembers Lily, who has apparently abandoned her.]]


* AmbiguousSituation: [[spoiler:Did Lily really throw Amanda's letter away?]]

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* AmbiguousSituation: AmbiguousSituation:
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[[spoiler:Did Lily really throw Amanda's letter away?]]away?]]
** Why did Amanda [[spoiler:drink the roofied drink?]] Was it because [[spoiler:she thought she belonged in a hospital, or was she genuinely hurt by Lily's betrayal?]]


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* AssholeVictim:
** ''Mark''. While he isn't abusive to Lilly, he's so rude, nasty, and aggressive that it seems unlikely anyone will feel any sympathy for him [[spoiler:even after Lily kills him.]]
** Amanda is a deconstruction. [[spoiler:She's an asshole by her own admission, but the end is, at best, bittersweet for her.]]


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* StepfordSmiler: PlayedForDrama a thousand times over.
** Lily's mom is a much calmer version, as while she seems obsessed with making her cruel husband happy, she doesn't do anything actively malicious to achieve this.
** Lily herself is a highly dramatic version. She responds extremely - and violently - if Mark ever threatens to blow her perfect façade.


* WeUsedToBeFriends: Lily and Amanda did.





''Thoroughbreds'' is a BlackComedy thriller starring [[Series/BatesMotel Olivia Cooke]] and Creator/AnyaTaylorJoy, and written and directed by Cory Finley (in his directorial debut.) It was actually filmed in 2016 and premiered at Sundance in 2017, but did not get a theatrical release until March 2018.

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''Thoroughbreds'' is a BlackComedy thriller starring [[Series/BatesMotel Olivia Cooke]] Creator/OliviaCooke and Creator/AnyaTaylorJoy, and written and directed by Cory Finley (in his directorial debut.) It was actually filmed in 2016 and premiered at Sundance in 2017, but did not get a theatrical release until March 2018.


* AmbiguousDisorder: Amanda doesn't feel anything due to an unspecified disorder, though ''why'' she doesn't is never explained.

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* AmbiguousDisorder: Amanda doesn't feel anything any emotions ever due to an unspecified disorder, though ''why'' she doesn't is never explained.explained. According to her, her therapist actually keeps changing the diagnosis, most recently going from Boderline Personality Disoder to Severe Depression to Anti Social with Schizoid Tendencies.



* CrocodileTears: "The Technique."

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* CrocodileTears: "The Technique." Amanda, who literally lacks the ability to cry from emotion, is a master.

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