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Mean girls mean business in a lip-smacking psychological thriller of cruel intentions and unscrupulous personal advancement set in the rarefied surroundings of suburban Connecticut. Written and directed by debutant Cory Finley, Thoroughbreds saddles up for a brisk canter through familiar terrain but quickly unseats us with some unexpected twists and a slickly conceived script laden with gallows humour. Rich kid Lily Reynolds (Anya Taylor-Joy) grows increasingly annoyed by the way her stepfather Mark (Paul Sparks) struts around the house, bullying her weak mother (Francie Swift) into submission. She shares her frustrations with deranged friend Amanda (Olivia Cooke), who suggests the solution would be to murder Mark. "If we did this, we would need to be far away with airtight alibis." The young women hire a small-time drug dealer called Tim (Anton Yelchin) to break into Lily's home and kill the stepfather, making it look like a burglary gone wrong. The plan starts off swimmingly but Tim's unreliability creates a host of new problems for Lily and Amanda.