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All the Boys Love Mandy Lane
Everyone is dying to be with her. Someone is killing for it.
The orphan Mandy Lane is a beautiful, virgin and pure teenager raised by her aunt, desired by her schoolmates and a close friend of the outcast Emmet. After the death of their high school mate in a pool party, Mandy befriends Chloe, Marlin, Red, Bird and Jake. Red invites the group for a weekend party in the isolated ranch of his family.
Everyone wants to fuck Amber fuckin Heard, too bad there's a fuckin-psycho killer in their way. A party with the cool-kids. A leap of faith. Locker room chit-chat. A weekend getaway. A Hell on Wheels ranch-hand. Tits at the window. 68, you do me I owe you 1. A shotgun blow-job. A bullet to the face. A Bird's-eye view gets cut to shit. A bloody French-kiss. A final hug. A broken oath. Predictable with a what-the-fuck twist. Anson fuckin Mount is cool as fuck as Garth the Cowboy. His 8 lines of dialogue are fuckin brilliant. If you want to see Amber naked, watch The Informers. If you want to see a good slasher watch something else. If you like Anson fuckin Mount and you have 90 minutes to waste, then watch this.
I really don't get the hype/support this flick gets. It looks better than every horror movie ever, and the opening 20 minutes made me think that it was going to be clever. Then it turns into a stereotypical teen slasher, but continues to act like it's still being clever.
And why, exactly, do all the boys love Mandy Lane? I mean, Amber Heard is very attractive, but Mandy Lane is less interesting than my toaster. Was that the clever part? All the boys want to do her even though she has the personality of a fern? Is that some sort of commentary on something? The end certainly wasn't the clever part because it was super obvious, so that must have been it. Just too clever for me to get, I guess.
On the upside, that one song by Professor Murder is in it and that song rules.
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
As soon as Mandy looked to her stereotypical "uncool" friend when being invited to the pool party by the "cool" kids, at the very beginning of the film, I knew she was in on whatever massacre was going to eventually occur.
While I am thankful after the twist was finally revealed that the filmmakers did not give us a long, drawn out explanation as to why Mandy is a manipulative, sociopathic killer I was hoping for a better ending. It would have been fantastic if Garth would have sat up and killed her, then collapse and die himself.
Thankfully I am not a boy because I would be offended that I am lumped up with everyone else in reference to…
Performances : 6.6/10
Story : 7.1/10
Production : 6.5/10
Overall : 6.73/10
It's corny, cheesy, thinly disguised, occasionally ridiculous and often laughable. The most important thing the film is can't be described in one word though. All the Boys Love Mandy Lane is a fantastic throwback to one of the more exciting genres in movie history: the 80's slasher.
It has the perfect amount of blood, plenty of laughs and more than it's share of sexual depravity. My big issue was that it tried to modernize itself. That sounds like an unfair complaint. After all, who can blame Levine and company for wanting to make their film look like it came out in the 21st century? I just felt like…
Jonathan Levine's "All the Boys Love Mandy Lane" is a nicely shot horror film that scares off its audience with unlikable characters and a story that is obvious and uninspired. The film may be good for a few cheap thrills, but it is an ultimately limp experience.
The story focuses on Mandy Lane. All the boys at her high school seem to want a piece of the pretty blonde. When she is invited to go to a friend's secluded ranch house, slasher-style mayhem breaks loose. This story is familiar and unfolds like one of Roger Ebert's dead teenagers movies. There are pot-smoking young people who are bound to be knocked off by the mysterious killer, and the virginal Mandy Lane…
do u remember when it was cool to be a loner?
when emo was legit?
this film is fucked
sexist / trashy
but somewhat artful?
its mostly terrible
that opening was pretty rad, right?
like, suspenseful and intriguing premise?
shitty actors, shitty characters, shitty dialogue, shitty sexism
seriously shitty sexism
and yet, some wholly artful moments
What happens when you mix a coming-of-age film with a slasher flick, and add a nice '70s vibe? You get a damn fine film.
Había leído sobre la historia de lo aclamada que fue en un festival en 2006 y los eventuales problemas que tuvo para ver la luz los cuales le adjudicaron la etiqueta de cult film. Creo que se estrenó en 2014, diez años en la sombra, eso me intrigó.
Pero en realidad realidad realidad la vi por Amber Heard.
Update: Justo acá le hacen un análisis www.youtube.com/watch?t=37&v=Hr-OKG851jo
Made in 2006, director Jonathan Levine’s twisty slasher flick sat on the shelf for nearly seven years, and was largely ignored upon its release. The oversight seems unfair, as the work freshens up a formulaic plot – horny vacationing teens slaughtered by a mysterious psychopath – with an emphasis on suspense instead of gore and a brutal, convention-defying finale. It’s also notable for young actress Amber Heard, who shines as the seemingly innocent, virginal title character.
Dear god it doesn't get more cookie-cutter than this, and not even in a fun way. And then there's the twist, the one that most viewers likely saw coming the whole damn movie. Nothing original, nothing fun, nothing redeeming.
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
Been wanting to see this one for years, finally got a copy and it was so not worth the wait.
For starters, the editor with the random blurry scenes or odd awkward pauses just did one of the worst editing jobs ever.
Second, what made Mandy Lane so wanted? Just cause she was a virgin? Heard is good looking, but a boring good looking woman. Her personality in the film was as dull as it gets as well. The other blonde, the one from MONSTERS, was far more interesting....not to mention she offered up the goods.
The killer was an annoying douchebag whose motives, which were never given, but I assume it was cause everyone blamed him for the death…
Another in a series of horror films (Jennifer's Body, High Tension, You're Next) that attempt to subvert Carol Clover's theories about the "final girl" archetype. All the Boys Love Mandy Lane, however, front loads its runtime with generic teenage debauchery and genre tropes, only to deliver its twist too late and with a lack of emphasis. The final reveal is clever, but not staged cleverly; Levine half-heartedly turns the final girl into the slasher, muddling the delivery with a second killer and not given Amber Heard enough screen time or dialog prior to the twist.
Seems like a very conscious effort to ape the style and tone of FRIDAY NIGHT LIGHTS, but drained of all the color, as if the whole movie was shot on a grainy Instagram filter. Also loaded with that weird 90's sped-up editing trick that makes it seem like you're watching a commercial for Surge or a Stone Temple Pilots music video.
Lots of reviews seem to be on the side of "almost gets it right" or "good concept that comes up short", whereas I don't see it even leaving the starting gate (good analogy??). A last-minute twist doesn't make up for the previous 90-minutes of boredom (there's almost no indication in the first 40ish minutes that this is going to…
I watched this mainly to understand why Mr Depp had fallen so hard. And yes, I don't blame him - Amber Heard is quite a gorgeous creature indeed. Unfortunately, that's about all this movie has going for it. I appreciated the attempt to make the story more interesting with a twist and some small "moments" here and there that make you do a double take, but sadly, it all fell short, mainly due to an underdeveloped cast and no real emotional investment whatsoever in any of the leads.
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