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The Voyeurs is an erotic thriller starring Sydney Sweeney and Justice Smith.

Pippa (Sweeney), a junior optometrist, and Thomas (Smith), a composer, are a young couple who have just moved into their new apartment in Montreal, Canada. On their first night in their new home, they accidentally catch their neighbors - Sebastian (Ben Hardy) and Julia (Natasha Liu Bordizzo) - in the opposite building, having sex through their windows. Before long, Pippa and Thomas become fixated on the neighbours - to the point of obsession.

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The Voyeurs was released on Amazon Prime in September 2021.

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  • Black Dude Dies First: Thomas, the only Black person in the film, is the sole character to (really) die.
  • The Conspiracy: Sebastian's new exhibition turns out to be a series of photographs depicting Pippa and Thomas's voyeurism, with every single event in the film orchestrated by Sebastian and Julia for the exhibition. Even the lease for the apartment contained a photo release form - that neither Thomas nor Pippa bothered to read when they signed.
  • A Deadly Affair: After Pippa befriends Julia, she takes it upon herself to warn Julia that Sebastian is cheating on her via anonymous faxes. Julia is driven into a rage and contemplates killing Sebastian in his sleep, before breaking down. The next morning, Thomas and Pippa see that Julia killed herself. Or so it seems...
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  • Disproportionate Retribution: Pippa's (albeit unethical) voyeurism leads to some excessively harsh karma in the form of a photo of Thomas hanging himself being exhibited and Julia pinning the blame entirely on her. Say what you will about her habit of spying on other people, but Pippa definitely didn't deserve to have that publicly associated with her.
  • Driven to Suicide:
    • Julia appears to slit her wrists after discovering Sebastian's been cheating on her. It turns out to be faked though.
    • Thomas hangs himself on seeing Pippa having sex with Sebastian, though she later suspects this was also faked, with it being murder, and it's strongly implied she's right.
  • Exact Words: Towards the end, Pippa says to Sebastian, "I'm the last thing you'll ever see," shortly before blinding him.
  • Eye Scream: Pippa blinds Julia and Sebastian after she drugged them at the end using a laser surgery device, in revenge for their voyeurism. We see Sebastian's eye actually sizzling.
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  • Faking the Dead: Julia faked her suicide in the bathroom, showing up alive later as part of the ambush she springs with Sebastian on Pippa.
  • Fan Disservice: Pippa's nude photoshoot is initially very sexy, but it quickly becomes this when Sebastian and Julia reveal the photos of her to an entire audience at an art gallery.
  • Fanservice Extra: Four different models are shown nude and or having sex with Sebastian. All of them are of course beautiful, but none get names onscreen or in most cases even lines.
  • Foreshadowing: When Thomas comes home, he drinks from a bottle, gags at the taste and pours the rest of it into the bird feeder on their balcony. He then looks across the street and sees Pippa cheating on him with Sebastian. The next morning, Pippa comes home and finds Thomas hanging by his neck from ceiling. It's not until some time later that Pippa spots the dead birds that have accumulated near the bird feeder and realizes Thomas didn't kill himself.
  • Hollywood Law: The film implies the agent who leased the apartment to Pippa and Thomas is in on Sebastian and Julia's plans, and may have even neglected to point out the photo release form to Pippa and Thomas. In the real world, allowing tenants to be turned into a photo exhibit without their knowledge would be a huge legal issue for both the agent (potentially leading to her losing her real estate license) and the landlord (Sebastian).
  • Laser-Guided Karma: Pun intended. Pippa blinds Sebastian - a star photographer - and Julia by drugging them and giving them excessive laser-surgery, for their voyeurism.
  • Love Forgives All but Lust: Thomas freaks out when he sees the grisly consequences of Pippa's interference with their neighbours' personal lives and leaves her, but comes back later that night with some flowers, making it clear he's forgiven her. Then he looks out the window and sees Pippa having sex with Sebastian.
  • Make It Look Like an Accident: Pippa thinks Thomas didn't actually kill himself after noticing some evidence, but he was drugged by Julia and then hanged by her to make it look this way. It isn't explicitly confirmed, but strongly implied she's right.
  • Mr. Fanservice: Sebastian is a handsome man who's basically a Walking Shirtless Scene, since he spends about half the film with his shirt off, showing his muscles (in some cases while having sex too).
  • Ms. Fanservice:
    • Julia is a former model who's quite lovely, and her having sex topless with the window uncovered is what initially gets her neighbors watching. She later also tries to seduce her husband in skimpy lingerie, and is shown topless from the back while getting into a sauna beside Pippa.
    • Pippa is shown topless at length when Sebastian photographs her, and later while having sex with him. She is quite pretty and buxom.
  • Not Your Problem: Once Pippa befriends Julia, she begins to empathize with her suspicions about Sebastian. Thomas repeatedly tells her not to get involved.
  • The Peeping Tom: Pippa and Thomas start spying on their sexy neighbors across the way as the pair have sex with the windows wide open. They're at first conflicted, but increasingly get into it and even plant bugs in the neighbors' apartment for this. After it turns out Sebastian has been sleeping with many other women during the day, they get increasingly involved with their lives. It turns out in the end that Sebastian and Julia had also been spying on them this whole time, even sneakily getting legal permission for it, and wanted them to watch, role-playing things for manipulation.
  • Plot-Inciting Infidelity: Pippa and Thomas were content to just get the occasional glimpse into their neighbour's apartment, seeing it as little more than victimless mischief, until Sebastian starts having sex with random women behind Julia's back.
  • Polyamory: Discussed when Pippa sees Sebastian having sex with other women, her friends suggesting he's not really cheating on Julia but they have an open relationship. It does seem to be the case at the end, as she's in on everything.
  • Read the Fine Print: Thomas and Pippa failed to notice that the lease they signed to rent the apartment included a photo release form that allows Julia and Sebastian to use their images for their latest art project. This is even lampshaded in an interview by Julia and Sebastian.
  • Sexy Spectacles: The frames Julia buys from Pippa are noted to have a Hot Librarian vibe.
  • Threeway Sex: At one point, Sebastian's shown getting up from bed after having had sex with two models.
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