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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.
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…
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…
I saw this at TIFF Midnight Madness, 2006, and it was an amazing experience. Watching it now, it doesn't have the same power – how could it? – but were certain things done better or differently, this would be a classic.
As it stands, it's a very enjoyable, though not particularly scary, slasher film. Where Scream highlighted the generic conventions of slasher films, this highlights the moral conventions, bringing Mean Girls-type vicious teenagers with dialed-up debeachery levels and dumping them in the middle of a horror movie. Slashers are usually only moral insofar as they punish characters for having fun. It's refreshing to see one actually look at things like bullying, slut-shaming, male privelage (all these boys think they have…
Off all the current American filmmakers who are relatively newcomers, Jonathan Levine might be the most overlooked and underrated. The Wackness, 50/50 and Warm Bodies are really good movies that present a different take on familiar stories. And his debut feature, All the Boys Love Mandy Lane, is no exception to that rule. It's about a group of horny High School teenagers who invite the hottest girl at school, played by Amber Heard, to a ranch house for the weekend so they can have sex with her. But, of course, things don't go according to plan and they all end up dead. And before you get upset, I didn't spoil anything. The movie has nothing to do with the victims…
Why spend 90 minutes watching this doozie, when you can spend 10 minutes reading this play-by-play review and the remaining 80 minutes doing...pretty much anything else:
The first two-thirds of "All the Boys Love Mandy Lane" is amongst the laziest, most sloppily written slasher films I've seen. The film just feels so juvenile, unprofessional, and poorly acted I was suffering from secondhand embarrassment for everyone involved. I guess you could say that Amber Heard tries her hardest, but she still seems bored for 75% of the runtime and lacks any sense of screen presence or charisma. For what it's worth, she's easily the best in the cast. The script is also a train wreck, with the group of teenagers suffering from every clichéd issue that these movies thrust upon their characters. There are times when this feels like an after-school special or cautionary tale, not a…
Thanks for proving that feminist power fantasies can be as shitty as misogynistic ones. Hooray equality.
It's an alright horror movie. It makes me appreciate everyone in the cast more, but it didn't entertain me as much as I wanted it to. The ending was fairly great though.
Bloody trash. Porno for those who like Amber Heard.
Had wanted to see this for a while as it seemed to be very highly regarded within the horror community. God knows why.
It's a very dull, very standard slasher with the only interesting thing being you know whodunnit halfway through, though it's not that much of a surprise anyway.
I did wander if, judging by its heavily stylised look, it was trying to ride the coat tails of Grindhouse (the closing credits certainly seem to be aping that style) but it was actually made earlier.
Utterly worthless and bafflingly popular.
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