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Overall Rating
3.33

Awesome: 22.22%
Worth A Look37.78%
Average: 6.67%
Pretty Bad: 17.78%
Total Crap: 15.56%

5 reviews, 15 user ratings


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All the Boys Love Mandy Lane
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by Scott Weinberg

"The Last Picture Show meets Friday the 13th"
4 stars

SCREENED AT THE 2006 TORONTO FILM FESTIVAL: First-time writer/director team Jacob Forman and John Levine obviously grew up knee-deep in Halloween, F13s, and 250 other slasher flicks, because their "All the Boys Love Mandy Lane" works as both a spooky, slimy throwback and as a deconstruction of the age-old teenaged stereotypes. (Well, deconstruction AND destruction...)

As the flick's title clearly indicates, all the boys really love Mandy Lane. She's sweet, she's sexy, and she's stacked, and she's nice to everyone. The gal crosses all the high school demographics, and she does so in chaste-yet-jiggly fashion.

So when Mandy's invited to a weekend getaway with a quintet of typically one-note schoolmates, she figures it'll be a good opportunity to be accepted as a "normal gal" -- as opposed to a "figure of perfection."

Suffice to say that things don't exactly work out that way. Saddled with a crew that includes a jock, a stoner, a slut, a bitch, and a horny jerk, Mandy slowly begins to realize that she doesn't have much in common with her hard-drinking, pot-smoking, coke-snorting, sex-lovin' classmates. And then some mystery guest pops up and starts slashing everyone to ribbons.

Taken as a straight-faced and enjoyably grim throwback to the halcyon days of mid-'80s slasher-dom, All the Boys Love Mandy Lane works exceedingly well. But since those flicks weren't exactly swimming in character development, depth, or subtext, Forman & Levine have decided to play with the rules that we gorehounds know so well. There's some solid humor to be found in the flick, but don't let that fool you: "Mandy Lane" is true-blue horror all the way.

The filmmakers are supported by a surprisingly strong cast ("for this type of movie," I suppose), and leading lady Amber Heard is the doe-eyed anchor in a sea of devilry, debauchery, and death. Her co-stars do a fine job of bringing the typical stereotypes to life, each with their own small semblance of wit, color, or humanity. Hell, you might actually care when some of these victims meet their shrieking demise. And how often does that happen in a slasher flick?

Bringing a quietly artistic taste of teenaged sexual politics to a sub-genre that's generally disinterested in anything resembling brains or subext, All the Boys Love Mandy Lane is what we call a "thinking man's slasher flick." Hell, it might just be the first one ever.

Plus the last ten minutes are icky, intense, and certifiably insane.

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originally posted: 09/13/06 03:54:56
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OFFICIAL SELECTION: 2006 Toronto Film Festival For more in the 2006 Toronto Film Festival series, click here.
OFFICIAL SELECTION: 2007 South By Southwest Film Festival For more in the 2007 South By Southwest Film Festival series, click here.
OFFICIAL SELECTION: 2008 Fantasia Film Festiva For more in the 2008 Fantasia Film Festival series, click here.
OFFICIAL SELECTION: 2013 Chicago Critics Film Festival For more in the 1st Annual Chicago Critics Film Festival series, click here.
OFFICIAL SELECTION: 2013 Stanley Film Festival For more in the 2013 Stanley Film Festival series, click here.

User Comments

7/03/14 vezpspy USA 3 stars
7/24/13 Molly I enjoyed it quite thoroughly. I liked the way it was filmed especially. 4 stars
11/21/10 Ryan One Of The Best Slasher Horrors I Have Ever Seen! It's Smart, It's Funny, It's Brilliant! 5 stars
7/20/09 Kazelwws Hi webmaster! lpy 4 stars
3/13/09 vxtq OK, but nothing to write home about. It takes to long to go anywhere 3 stars
2/22/09 Harold Parker This movie sucked ! Don't waste your time and money. Horribly shot. 1 stars
2/12/09 MP Bartley Dull for most parts. The ending is interesting but silly when you think too hard about it. 2 stars
2/11/09 DK Well made, well shot and with more intelligence than average slasher 4 stars
9/12/08 DW Smith And I was so looking forward to it. 3 stars
8/06/08 E K Zimmerman Meh - below average teen horror junk. 2 stars
7/12/08 Laura Lots of fun.....smart too! 5 stars
10/01/06 duder saw in toronto at the fest. loved it. 4 stars
9/15/06 Emmet It f-ing killed. awesome. 5 stars
9/14/06 Carl Smart, funny and scary! Best slasher flick since Scream. 5 stars
9/13/06 Edward Connell A must see movie spectacular 4 stars
IF YOU'VE SEEN THIS FILM, RATE IT!
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USA
  11-Oct-2013 (R)
  DVD: 03-Dec-2013

UK
  15-Feb-2008 (18)

Australia
  05-Mar-2009 (MA)


Directed by
  Jonathan Levine

Written by
  Jacob Forman

Cast
  Amber Heard
  Anson Mount
  Michael Welch
  Aaron Himelstein
  Edwin Hodge
  Whitney Able



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