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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…
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…
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…
There she is boys, Mandy Lane. Untouched, pure. Since the dawn of junior year men have tried to possess her, and to date all have failed.
All the Boys Love Mandy Lane... da fuck why?! We are used to characters in horror films acting idiotic in the face of danger, but this film introduces the stupidity long before any danger rears its head. Apparently all the horndogs in this small town are completely infatuated with Mandy Lane because she's the only girl that hasn't slept with all of them.
If that wasn't bad enough, all the slutty girls are constantly in desperate need for Mandy's approval as well. So all these horned up teenagers, male and female, that are…
Boring, feels cheap.
Chloe: Damn it. I am trying to fuck your best friend here. Give me a little cooperation please.
I can't decide whether this film was trying really hard to comment on teen slasher tropes - over-sexualisation of women, archetypal characters, sinful high-school teenagers and their devious activities, obvious and unreservedly maniacal killers - that it ended up getting trapped in them, or just genuinely adhered to all of these so well without realising it that the finished product actually came off like it was subtly subverting them out of sheer intensity. At least it got the interconnection of sex and death right, as all horny, murderous teenagers should know and practice. That said, the film is entertaining to a degree, and impressively shot, with objects in the frame often having their proportions exaggerated and the colour bleached out…
Offbeat horror movie. Didn't see the ending coming, but that doesn't make up for the very standard first hour.
"Why no, I haven't seen 'All the Boys Love Mandy Lane', but sure yes I'll take your blu-ray off your hands as it has Miss Heard in it". And so it came to pass that I would watch this film.
Annnnnd, meh it's a bit of a disappointment. I'm not a huge horror fan as is, and tend to only watch the ones deemed "critically good" - suffice to say this doesn't fit into this category. Everything "You're Next" does in it's film, feels like it could be ripping on this film. It's full of clichés and underwhelmingness.
And the aesthetic is .... weird. It looks *awful* on baby blu, but was only made in '06 so age isn't an…
No wonder all the boys love Mandy Lane. Have you seen her? Yowza!
I wanted to love this movie but I just can't. There is however some things that I did like. Starting with the title of the movie itself. It just has a wonderful ring to it. Then there is Amber Heard who plays Mandy. She is a knockout! There is some sex and slutiness that never hurts a film for me and then there was a surprise (to me anyway) appearance by Anson Mount who stars in a series that I really like called Hell On Wheels.
The "kids" in the movie though are so far based from any real teenagers that I know. Their dialog just seemed…
I may not "love" Mandy Lane because of it's obvious flaws but it is still a fine slow burn horror thriller.
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
All The Boys Love Mandy Lane is a fine movie. The kills are well crafted in a way that doesn’t feel stupid or cheesy. The atmosphere feels very Texas Chainsaw Massacre-ish. Amber Heard does a super job at playing Mandy Lane. Probably the best role I’ve seen her play so far. Well no; her Chenault in The Rum Diary was probably better but that’s probably due to my love of Hunter S. Thompson (no matter how much the movie sucked and how far from the book it strayed). Still, superb acting and if I was a regular shmoe and not an avid horror movie fan, I would have bought her “innocence” hook, line and sinker. Unfortunately, screenwriters tend to fall…
A very typical teen slasher, you've already seen this from the beginning till the end. The only difference is the budget: it's much less than of "big name" movies from the '00s.
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