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After an interesting opening 10 minutes in which we're introduced to the alluring and seductively innocent Mandy and her sensual charisma that makes guys do things they normally would never do, and pay the price dearly for doing so, the story folds its hand and no more interest in character nor plot is dealt. What could have been, and should have been, a one-girl thriller along the aggressive and clever lines of Mean Girls, just never happens, and in fact, nothing ever happens of any interest or value of attention. The characters, including Mandy have virtually no conflict to deal with, and as such the film resorts to attention numbing stretches of dialogue filler just seems to go on and on, one pointless stretch of dialogue after another that has you looking constantly at your watch and wondering... is this going anywhere? Sadly it does not. Such a shame. Great title. Cool DVD cover. A really hot young waif in the title role, but nothing happens.
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RE: PLEASE RELEASE THIS IN THE US!!!Feb. 8 2010
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Just so everyone knows the UK Blu-Ray Is All Region,and can be played on US players.
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An Interesting Take On the Slasher GenreJune 26 2008
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*This does contain minor spoilers*
Mandy Lane has apparently become the most desirable girl in high school over the summer. She's definitely not like the other girls her age though. While every guy wants to do everything imaginable to her, she's turned them all down. The only guy she really gives the time of day is her best friend, Emmet. That is until a certain incident at a pool party comes between them. Now nine months later, Mandy has distanced herself from Emmet and has a group of new friends. These friends have decided to invite Mandy to a ranch out in the middle of nowhere for a few days and the guys who tag along hope to accomplish what, up to this point, has been impossible. It turns out to not all be fun and games though. When people start turning up missing, they soon realize that they're not alone and someone is taking their obsession with Mandy Lane a little too far.
All the Boys Love Mandy Lane is an interesting film, to say the least. It makes you wait a bit before the actual "horror" comes into play. In fact, the first forty minutes or so are basically filled with high school shenanigans. A bunch of kids drinking, doing drugs, having sex, and just things they're not supposed to. While the last half of the film, is pure horror. It kind of teases you at first. It gives you a little taste and then goes right back into high school mode, but after that things just start to snowball until it's just beautifully horrific in every scene.
The film is shot beautifully. For an indie film, it looks incredible. That's not to say other indie films look like garbage or anything. Mandy Lane just has vibrant colors that seem to jump off the screen. One of the things that caught my eye is the way certain scenes were shot. Unique perspectives, shots overlapping others to look like something else, the way objects in front of the camera go in and out of focus, etc. Scenes like when Bird goes to start the generator after the power goes out, Bird confronting the killer, and the car chase with Chloe being chased by the killer in her car are a few examples. It just seemed like something that was worth mentioning as you don't see too many shots, scenes, or anything in films anymore(especially horror) that you can call unique.
I think Michael Welch deserves a nod for his acting in this. It was pretty exceptional. I'd really only seen him in the Day of the Dead remake, which was awful on every level. His performance in this overshadows his performance in Day any way you look at it. His portrayal of Emmet in this in the closing moments of the film are what caught my eye. I mean, you truly believe he's psychotic. It'll definitely make me keep an eye on him with his future projects.
All the Boys Love Mandy Lane isn't your average slasher film and that's its biggest strength as it brings something fresh to the table. As I mentioned before, it takes awhile for the ball to get rolling in the horror department. If you're patient though, things do wind up paying off. If you could hold off for Wolf Creek to pick up, then I think you'll be in the clear for this. You can probably guess who the killer is within the first few minutes of the film, but the way things unfold are where the film shines. This is worth seeing for the ending alone as while it does reveal why the killer is doing what they're doing and things of that nature, it leaves a lot of things open ended. While that can either be a sink or swim kind of situation, I think it works well this time around. Mandy Lane isn't the most original horror film to come out in decades or anything, but if every horror film from now on had as much originality as this film does...then there might be hope for horror films yet.
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All the Boys LUST for Mandy LaneSept. 12 2013
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Oh dear; where to begin. I watched this on PPV, but I see other releases of this movie have it dated as far back as 2006...soooo, somebody's lying.
Anyway, All the Boys, Etc. is nothing special as far as I was concerned. It is yet another teenage slasher movie, albeit with a VERY lame twist. We have a bunch of goons (a/k/a high school kids) who decide to go away for a weekend of debauchery. Mandy Lane is going, too, but it seems ALL the boys lust for her either because (a) she hasn't showed them her "twins," (b) she hasn't shown them any nether region, (c) she's never been kissed, or (d) all of the above. Who knows? Who cares? Once they finally arrive at their destination, everyone tries to pair off for fun 'n games, and that's when the slasher part of the movie comes in swinging with both fists.
First of all, how ANY of these "teens" could be standing is beyond my comprehension because the six of them consume more dope, pills, snorty-snorts, liquor, and beer in about four hours time than is consumed at most raves. And there is every cliched character known to these movies: the total pot-head, the complete *ick, the black guy, the spoiled little girl who thinks she's better than everyone, the "in-love-with-the-wrong-jerk" girl, Sister Mary Virgin (a/k/a Mandy Lane), and the ranch hand "with a past." All that was missing was a mask...
"Mandy Lane" never builds one iota of tension. It isn't scary, it isn't entertaining, and it certainly isn't worthy of any kind of awards. It is rated R for "Caligula"-like debauchery and gore. P to the U.
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"All the Boys Love Mandy Lane" Finally Gets Blu-ray/DVD ReleaseNov. 27 2013
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"Warm Bodies" Director Jonathan Levine's "All The Boys Love Mandy Lane" finally gets a release thanks to Anchor Bay Entertainment and the Weinstein Company. What plays out like a typical slasher film for 75% of its run time is saved by a dose of indie charm and wit, some clever social commentary, and an ending you never see coming. It also gives actors Amber Heard ("Zombieland") and Michael Welch ("The Twilight Saga") a chance to shine brightly as the two main characters.
Mandy Lane (Amber Heard) is constantly pursued by every male in the small Texas high school she attends, much to the dismay of her best friend Emmet (Michael Welch). He has a secret crush on her. Mandy surprisingly accepts an invitation from her new-found friends to join them in a weekend getaway fueled by drugs and alcohol. Each guy fails when taking their turn trying to get together with Mandy. As the sun sets, a mysterious figure begins picking off the partiers one-by-one.
The high-definition audio and video transfers for "All The Boys Love Mandy Lane" look great for a movie made for $750,000. It's presented in 1080p widescreen (2.40:1) and 5.1 DTSHD-MA surround sound. The picture is clean with good color levels, but maintains a gritty feel not unlike the original "Texas Chainsaw Massacre." The soundtrack and audio is nothing special, but is efficient in keeping you rooted in the movie.
Either Anchor Bay Entertainment or Jonathan Levine dropped the ball when it comes to special features for "All The Boys Love Mandy Lane." I'm surprised that they couldn't come up with some behind-the-scenes featurettes or picture galleries of the making of the film. They could've even featured film festival footage and interviews. You'd think 7 years would give someone enough of an opportunity to come up with some interesting bonus material. Feature commentary is provided by Director Jonathan Levine.
"All The Boys Love Mandy Lane" is justifiably rated R. It contains strong disturbing violence, pervasive drug and alcohol use, sexuality/nudity, and language - all involving teens. The movie would have you believe that all teens act in the manner shown onscreen. Not to sound like an old man, but I certainly hope not.
The kids are the bratty and bullying "cool" crowd and jocks in school and, as much as I hate saying it, didn't get much sympathy from me when getting axed. I'm not condoning violence towards anyone in real life. However, it sure looks good on film sometimes.
"All The Boys Love Mandy Lane" serve as social commentary on teenagers' obsessions with their appearances and fitting in. It also touches on the negative effects of unrequited love, deception, and rejection. Although the film isn't perfect by any means, it tackles a lot of issues for a micro-budgeted independent slasher flick.
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Not the Standard Slasher MovieJan. 11 2014
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I usually don't go in for slasher movies - the vapid characters, inane plots, and pornographic violence don't do anything for me. But I'd heard good things about "All the Boys Love Mandy Lane," and I will say, it was better than expected. The story concerns the hot blond (presumably having just blossomed into such) who becomes the object of desire for clueless high school jocks and hangers-on she finds equally compelling and repellent. What happens next would be pretty standard slasher fare, except for the subtext of crass sexuality as unchecked power. Yes, I know that's a ho-hum subject done to death, but I'm not sure I've seen as honest a depiction of such for the teen set since, well, the original "Carrie." Their empty lives of hedonism mask an undercurrent of cruelty and aggression that will define their short lives (and their lost future as nihilistic adult boors trapped in this pattern - a thematic point that resonates throughout). There are also threads of racism, alienation, deception, chauvinism (for both men and women), and objectification, played out well by a competent cast of unknowns. In this, "All the Boys Love Mandy Lane" transcends the genre, taking familiar tropes but turning them sideways. In fact, my biggest beef is that it didn't have to be a slasher movie at all and that the set up could easily have been done as a straight drama along the lines of "Last Summer" rather than a horror movie. While the low budget is offset by a decent soundtrack and some occasionally inventive camerawork, the real interest in the film is created by the ideas, and this is the closest thing to a "thinking person's slasher movie" that I've seen, less about the showy killing and more about the reasons for it. It's not perfect by any means, but the effort is intriguing, if the ending predictable -- to paraphrase George Herbert, is there in beauty no truth?