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All the Boys Love Mandy Lane (2006)
Written by: The Arrow
Director: Jonathan Levine

Starring:
Amber Heard/Mandy Lane
Anson Mount/Garth
Whitney Able/Chloe
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PLOT-CRUNCH
All the boys at school love Mandy Lane (Heard). They all want to bone the gal and I don't blame em! WHAT A HOTTIE! When a group of kids hit a ranch party (you heard me) with Mandy in tow, the festivities go beyond titties and beers. You see somebody loves Mandy so freaking much that he/she is killing off the competition. My kind of shin-dig!
THE LOWDOWN

This review was written in 2006, being that the film just got released this week, I am bumping it up! Took them long enough!

Its fairly hard to make a TRULY original slasher flick today. I mean the structure, the twists and the stories have been done to death and rarely do we get a slasher opus that actually aims higher than the mold or/and pulls off something original within the subgenre. Well color me green and call me The Green Giant cause All the Boys Love Mandy Lane did just that.

Having now seen the film, I understand why the Weinstein's swiftly acquired this bad girl at the Toronto Film Festival for 3 Million. All of the marketing elements were there! Hot young chicks, arousing sexual moments (All about that lesbo hint..nice!), razor directing and a groovier than groovy soundtrack. It was a no brainer! But what this girl had that others don't now of late is a couple of new tricks up her skirt. Say hello and bend over to a slasher film that toys with our knowledge of the usual conventions to bamboozle the shit out of us! Throughout, I thought the film was playing one twisted game, then it would go against the grain and reveal something new to prove me wrong and take an all new direction. I was loving it!

By the time the last block kicked I was smiling ear to ear at the novel hat trick the flick pulled on me. Another thing that I highly appreciated with this flick was its grounded and realistic feel. The teens here looked/acted like real teens (even the black dude was portrayed as a human being instead of a joke-machine) hence giving the f*cked up situation even more emotional/dramatic impact. Super hottie Amber Heard as Mandy Lane should be singled out of the lot as the camera totally loved her! Coupled with her naive yet sexy demeanor, she made sure that everybody in the theatre loved Mandy Lane. I expect big things for the gal! 

The gritty, 70's retro like visuals owning the screen cranked my dial to "F*ck Yeah!" as well! They gave the film edge, a bleak charm and a engrossing feel that I couldn't get enough of. Finally, the gruesome kills at play had a realism and a mean streak to them that so rubbed me the RIGHT way! This killer don't muck around! He/She means that shite! It will be interesting to see how the film plays wide in the wake of Columbine and the more recent Dawson shooting (which happened a street away from my house incidentally...yes...I want a medal). Unlike other recent slashers, this one struck a strong cord in that respect. Well I felt it anyways.

On the slightly watered down side of the Jack & Coke, I felt the pacing was a tad off within the middle section. Nothing too critical but it needed to be said. I also craved more murders, the bodycount was too low for my psychotic self. Yup, I'm greedy! With that eviscerated, any snags this flick had were forgiven when the visceral finale destroyed the screen, grabbed my the throat, slapped me around, banged my dog and then gouged my eyes out. NICE! All the Boys Love Mandy Lane was a slasher to be reckoned with, one that sported more smarts than the norm and that manipulated the shite out of me. Yes...I'm in love. Mandy Lane? Will you marry me? 

GORE
Talk about good loving! We get bloody stabbings, slashed out eyes, broken teeth via a gun barrel slammed in one's mouth and bloody gun shot wounds.
ACTING
Amber Heard (Mandy Lane) was the big revelation of the film. innocent yet sexy looks, able chops and a great ass! Star in the making! Anson Mount (Garth) was ideal casting as the stand up older dude. Whitney Able (Chloe) was perfect as the slut-hut of the group. It should be said that all of the teen actors in this film did a bang on job. Very credible! Props!
T & A
We get a pair of flat titties. Nice titties yet flat titties. We also get chicks in bathing suits/bra/undies... yes Amber Heard (Mandy) is one of them!
DIRECTING
Jonathan Levine did a badass job! I so adored the grainy look of the film, the sly use of still frames and the potent suspense. The best way I can describe this film's vibe is: 70's, mainstream yet artsy. He's one to keep tabs on!
SOUNDTRACK
We get an eclectic array of trendy, old school and moody ditties. The semi trippy yet dark score also hit hard.
BOTTOM LINE
All the Boys Love Mandy Lane took itself seriously and winged it via its realistic cast, cruel kills, grounded feel and gritty yet striking directing. The dame also whipped out a couple of cards that hadn't seen in a while and that resulted in more emotional weight than your average slasher and a riveting final act that gave the whole an all new toxic layer. The pace could've been tighter and the body count higher but that didn't change the fact that Mandy Lane was one of the more  mature, clever and engrossing slashers I've seen in a long time. Yup, she was to die for!
BULL'S EYE
The flick was shot in Texas, USA

Amber Heard was born on April 22nd 1986 in Austin, Texas, USA. Her bra size is 33-24-33...cause I know you care!
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12:42PM on 10/08/2013

One of my fav underground flicks

Why this film took so long is just for shame. One of my fav modern slashers, and one of the rare "Smarter" entries in the genre. Like a "Scream" feeling the first time I watched it. A film that knows the audience... cannot wait to finally own a blurry.
Why this film took so long is just for shame. One of my fav modern slashers, and one of the rare "Smarter" entries in the genre. Like a "Scream" feeling the first time I watched it. A film that knows the audience... cannot wait to finally own a blurry.
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4:14PM on 03/17/2013

Meh

Was I suposed to like anyone in this film. Could not root for the kids because they were all dicks. Coould not root for the killer to kill the dicks because he was a dick. Liked Garth but not enough to care. Twist at the end I saw from the begining and not explanation at the end makes this one just another average romp. Had it not recieve great reviews it might have been a plaeasent surprise. But I can't for the life of me understand the raves this film has got.
Was I suposed to like anyone in this film. Could not root for the kids because they were all dicks. Coould not root for the killer to kill the dicks because he was a dick. Liked Garth but not enough to care. Twist at the end I saw from the begining and not explanation at the end makes this one just another average romp. Had it not recieve great reviews it might have been a plaeasent surprise. But I can't for the life of me understand the raves this film has got.
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4:17AM on 09/25/2010
I really enjoyed the prologue. I thought it was a set up for an intelligent, subversive slasher... unfortunately, it was just a mediocre slasher in the end.

Cliche'd characters, the ol' overly green, under-saturation with blown out whites done in two clicks in post production to make all modern horror films "creepy" and at the same time agonizingly repetitive. It looked bad, and worst of all it tries to use the common touch of meta-horror (aka "this is like a 70's/80's bloody horror film
I really enjoyed the prologue. I thought it was a set up for an intelligent, subversive slasher... unfortunately, it was just a mediocre slasher in the end.

Cliche'd characters, the ol' overly green, under-saturation with blown out whites done in two clicks in post production to make all modern horror films "creepy" and at the same time agonizingly repetitive. It looked bad, and worst of all it tries to use the common touch of meta-horror (aka "this is like a 70's/80's bloody horror film damn it!") to protect it from poor character development and a boring set up.

And the ending... what a crock. neither earned nor as shocking as they'd like it to be.
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6:35PM on 10/18/2009

A personal favorite of mine

All the Boys Love Mandy Lane is a personal favorite of mine. When people ask me my favorite movie of all time...i can never say just one, but i usually say two. My top favorite movies are Haute Tension and this movie, All the Boys Love Mandy Lane. I cannot say enough good stuff about this film. I think it is spectacular. It's realistic and gritty. The characters are realistic and [link] Amber Heard blew me away and is my favorite actress SOLELY because of this role. I hope she makes it
All the Boys Love Mandy Lane is a personal favorite of mine. When people ask me my favorite movie of all time...i can never say just one, but i usually say two. My top favorite movies are Haute Tension and this movie, All the Boys Love Mandy Lane. I cannot say enough good stuff about this film. I think it is spectacular. It's realistic and gritty. The characters are realistic and [link] Amber Heard blew me away and is my favorite actress SOLELY because of this role. I hope she makes it big one day and i can't wait to see her in The Ward. The directing is great, looked very 70s while the movie had an 80s feel. Soundtrack is SUPERB! I even found the pacing perfect...but when the hell will they release this in the USA. It's one of the best movies i've ever seen. My SOLE peeve is that i felt the chase scene at the end could've been better. I LOVE chase scenes. They are my favorite parts of the slasher films, and everytime i watch the movie, when it gets to the end, i think Mandy's chase could've been expanded and made AWESOME!

Oh and i must add, this is one of the FEW films that can make the daytime seem horrifying. The only other horror films that can make the daytime scary are the original Halloween and The Hills Have Eyes remake.

SEE this movie.
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10:17PM on 08/31/2009
All The Boys Love Mandy Lane was beautiful looking, intriguing, atmospheric and sometimes brutal teen mystery/thriller that had me scratching my head at the end of it. The acting was decent from all, but the star of the show is the beautiful and sexy Amber Heard and to me gave her breakthrough performance here as Mandy Lane. This film had alot of potential but it had serious editing issues that made it feel like an unfinished product and the lack of explanation towards the end made it kind of
All The Boys Love Mandy Lane was beautiful looking, intriguing, atmospheric and sometimes brutal teen mystery/thriller that had me scratching my head at the end of it. The acting was decent from all, but the star of the show is the beautiful and sexy Amber Heard and to me gave her breakthrough performance here as Mandy Lane. This film had alot of potential but it had serious editing issues that made it feel like an unfinished product and the lack of explanation towards the end made it kind of baffling and abrupt. It sometimes felt like I was watching a hip music video or a Abercrombie & Fitch ad, but that really didn't bother me much, the music in this film is one of its best qualities. It did have slasher elements in it but to me it's more of a dark drama/thriller with a twist, the directing is also well done giving it a 1970's feel which I dug alot. Overall I can't help but be disappointed in this long delayed teen thriller, because judging from the reviews I've read it's a tad overrated, it's not bad I just was expecting more from it, it is though one of the better teen thrillers I've seen in recent years and it's different from most, just don't expect the best slasher since Scream or you will be disappointed. Worth at least one rental but you don't need to rush you're really not missing out on anything amazing.
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2:43PM on 12/30/2008

Great

Really enjoyed the feel of this movie. I believe it wasn't released in the US do to the Virginia Tech Massacre and the ending of the movie is sorta Columbine-ish.
Really enjoyed the feel of this movie. I believe it wasn't released in the US do to the Virginia Tech Massacre and the ending of the movie is sorta Columbine-ish.
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9:13PM on 08/11/2008

Definitely Worth Watching!

excellent movie, well made, a little rushed in the beginning, but I couldnt imagine the movie without its pace, this is one sly naughty girl of a movie!
excellent movie, well made, a little rushed in the beginning, but I couldnt imagine the movie without its pace, this is one sly naughty girl of a movie!
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