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Review: All The Boys Love Mandy Lane

Oct. 8, 2013by: Eric Walkuski

PLOT: Isolated at a ranch, a group of partying teens begin to get killed off one by one.

REVIEW: I would not have liked ALL THE BOYS LOVE MANDY LANE had I seen it seven years ago, when it was originally supposed to come out. I state this only to underline the fact that my negative reaction to the horror film, directed by Jonathan Levine (who has since directed such titles as THE WACKNESS and WARM BODIES), is not the result of disappointment after an insanely long wait; its just not a strong piece of work. As a slasher movie, its unimaginative; as a subversion of slasher movies, it has little new to add. And as it pats itself on the back at the end for seemingly putting one over on the audience, it becomes obvious that a smugness has presided over the entire endeavor.

The films best section is its prologue, a fairly engaging pastiche of high school movie cliches involving dudes and chicks at a small town high school. The center of the attention is Mandy Lane (Amber Heard) a shy beauty who is the object of every guy with a boners attention. Mandy is a good girl and doesnt put out, which makes her all the more desirable. The desperation to secure her affection is at such a fever pitch that one fellow jumps off a roof at a house party in a truly ill-advised attempt to impress her and kills himself (he was aiming for the pool). To be fair, he isnt completely to blame for this dumb action; the schools punching bag Emmet (Michael Welch) goaded him into it, knowing it would end in certain doom. Emmet has a thing for Mandy too, naturally.

After this tragedy, we skip ahead nine months. Everybody still loves Mandy Lane, and more than a couple of them intend to get in her pants during a weekend stay at rich jerk Reds (Aaron Himelstein) parents ranch. Thus we have a small group of beer-drinking teens isolated on a farm with no supervision - save for rugged ranch-hand Garth (Anson Mount), a strong, silent type whom the girls take a liking to. Before you know it, the partying kids begin to meet ugly fates one by one.

MANDY LANE really lacks punch, or any sense of immediacy. Its death sequences are rather dull (aside from one gruesome moment involving a mouth getting all sorts of mangled) and theres barely and fun to be had during the drinking-and-sex shenanigans that are requisite during one of these yarns. Perhaps its superficial to seek out more of the same, especially when we yearn for horror movies to give us something unique, but MANDY LANE has a strangely plodding atmosphere that just begs for a shaking-up. To put it another way, its kind of boring.

The actors are fine, but Levine and screenwriter Jacob Forman have not provided them with intriguing material, and every character comes off as either an irritating moron or a sullen bummer. Actually, the only interesting person in the movie is Garth, but that could just be because hes the sole one of them wed actually want to hang out with. (Aside from Mandy, because she really is quite purdy.)

I know what youre thinking: Why am I complaining about ill-defined characters if this is just another slasher flick? Ah, but MANDY LANE doesnt fancy itself just another slasher flick. It has a twist - a weak twist - at the end that gives us some second thoughts on what weve just seen. But this upending of our expectations doesnt come with any brains or true meaning; its just there for the moment of Ohhhh and nothing beyond that. The power of the twist is further undercut by the fact that we all see it coming a mile away.

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10:44PM on 10/09/2013
This flick has been sitting in the Limbo that is my Netflix 'saved titles' section for god knows how long
This flick has been sitting in the Limbo that is my Netflix 'saved titles' section for god knows how long
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9:33PM on 10/13/2013
Same. I feel like that's the Post-2010 era version of the "bargain DVD Bin" at your local Walgreens or CVS.
Same. I feel like that's the Post-2010 era version of the "bargain DVD Bin" at your local Walgreens or CVS.
9:09AM on 10/09/2013
I saw this film a few years ago and if I had to give it a one word review it would be "MEH"..... not bad enough to hate but not good enough to rewatch
I saw this film a few years ago and if I had to give it a one word review it would be "MEH"..... not bad enough to hate but not good enough to rewatch
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9:36PM on 10/08/2013

Cmon

I saw that movie a few years ago at the Fantasia Film Festival in Montreal and I really enjoy that flick.

I saw that movie a few years ago at the Fantasia Film Festival in Montreal and I really enjoy that flick.

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6:25PM on 10/08/2013
Good review, man...but I must respectfully disagree :) I think "Mandy Lane" is one of the best slasher films of the past decade and it is honestly one of my favourites. I thought everything about it was just about perfect :)
Good review, man...but I must respectfully disagree :) I think "Mandy Lane" is one of the best slasher films of the past decade and it is honestly one of my favourites. I thought everything about it was just about perfect :)
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5:37PM on 10/08/2013
Well folks, if you saw this movie way before the writer, don't you think that you both may have seen different versions of the film? Impulsion over intelligence.
Well folks, if you saw this movie way before the writer, don't you think that you both may have seen different versions of the film? Impulsion over intelligence.
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1:33PM on 10/08/2013
I agree with the review. I saw ATBLML years ago but I did not like it then and still do not like it now. I didn't hate either, so I would have given it 5 or 6 out of 10. I do not see the appeal in this movie and why it's praised so much. It's such a mediocre film with a ridiculous twist.
I agree with the review. I saw ATBLML years ago but I did not like it then and still do not like it now. I didn't hate either, so I would have given it 5 or 6 out of 10. I do not see the appeal in this movie and why it's praised so much. It's such a mediocre film with a ridiculous twist.
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1:31PM on 10/08/2013

So

What is this being released or what?
What is this being released or what?
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1:29PM on 10/08/2013
Walkuski gives a good film a bad review....what a shocker.
Walkuski gives a good film a bad review....what a shocker.
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1:05PM on 10/08/2013

Thank You

I was beginning to think I was the only one who wondered what the big deal was with this movie. It was certainly nothing special much like Mandy Lane. I thought Whitney Able was a much hotter gal.
I was beginning to think I was the only one who wondered what the big deal was with this movie. It was certainly nothing special much like Mandy Lane. I thought Whitney Able was a much hotter gal.
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12:45PM on 10/08/2013
Saw it a few years ago. Fucking loved it.
Saw it a few years ago. Fucking loved it.
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