All the Boys Love Mandy Lane

2013

All the Boys Love Mandy Lane

Critics Consensus

Mandy Lane has enough wit and craft to spark the horror fan's interest, but is not sufficiently original for mainstream audiences.

44%

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Total Count: 64

31%

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User Ratings: 27,820
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Starring Amber Heard and Anson Mount, ALL THE BOYS LOVE MANDY LANE is about a group of high-schoolers who invite Mandy Lane, "a good girl" who becomes the object of everyone's affection after returning from summer break, to a weekend party on a secluded ranch. While the festivities rage on, the number of revelers begins to mysteriously drop one at a time. (c) Radius-TWC

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  • Oct 04, 2015
    Mediocre at best, but this could have been worse. At least this film tries to be decent, and throws a couple of twists into the mix. That being said, not even an interesting take on horror cliches can save a movie if it's a clumsy mess to begin with.
    Stephen S Super Reviewer
  • Jun 27, 2015
    Lazy and uninspired, All the Boys Love Mandy Lane is a pretty rote horror film. Amber Heard stars as Mandy Lane, a seemingly innocent high school girl who's invited to join a group of her classmates for a weekend at a country house; but soon after they get there a mysterious killer starts picking them off one-by-one. It's all rather standard slasher stuff; however it's a light on gore and violence. And the performances aren't really that great, though Heard does fairly well with what she's given. All the Boys Love Mandy Lane isn't so much a bad movie as it's generic and predictable.
    Dann M Super Reviewer
  • Jan 03, 2014
    This film went unreleased in North America for 7 years after its distributor went bankrupt. After seeing this movie, perhaps it was best if it went unreleased for another 7 years. I don't mean to say it's bad, but if it wasn't for the last 15 minutes of the film, when it became almost like a tribute to 70s grindhouse films, and the "twist" I don't think there would've been as much clamoring for this movie. It's certainly a well-made film, particularly considering its budget, but with the exception of the last 15 minutes there was nothing in this movie that really lived up to the film's reputation among its fans. Yes, there's some horror cliches that are flipped on their head Like how the hottest girl in school isn't actually popular and how a slacker is actually the leader of the group of popular kids. That's all fine and dandy, but, for most of it, the film reads like every other horror film you've ever seen. Secluded ranch in the middle of nowhere? Check. Horny teenagers having sex everywhere? Check. I don't mean to say that the film doesn't have some good ideas about cliques and even going into the mind of disturbed teens and how bullying can have an effect on your psyche. But it's drowned out in a movie that doesn't really know how to present those ideas and still have an entertaining slasher film on their hands. I think the film touches on some very real subjects in a way that does make it a little better than your typical slashes, as it really does have much more on its mind than just murdering teenagers. But, like I said, it's sort of drowned out by the sheer nothingness that's going on in the film. The characters are poorly developed and unlikable, so when the shit hits the fan it's hard to feel any compassion for these people. Hell, even Mandy Lane herself has no personality whatsoever. She's portrayed as this angelic and almost ethereal figure, which every boy in the ranch is trying to corrupt, again touching on something that's very real, but she doesn't really have much of a personality to speak of. You could point to the last 15 minutes, but they don't really explain what Mandy's motivations were. And I suppose that's fine for people who like debating ambiguous endings, but I found it really hard to care as I found the movie tedious to sit through, in spite of all that subtext. The contents of the movie itself, minus the last 15 minutes, leave a lot to be desired. Pretty lame acting and even lamer deaths are the order of the day. Quite frankly, I'm not even sure HOW the third act manage to convince people that this was a great movie. I really don't. Are those 15 minutes enough to save what had been a really boring movie until then? No, I don't think so. In fact, I think the movie was way too long for its own good. And it's only 90 minutes. This is a problem a lot of horror movies have, so it isn't exclusive to this, but I feel that this is a 1 hour movie stretched out to 90 minutes. I don't know, but this movie did absolutely nothing for me in spite of it being smarter than your average slasher film. The fact that it is smarter and it has some good ideas doesn't immediately make it a good film. You have to do something interesting with those ideas in order for it to truly pay off. And I think that's why so many people over-rated the film, they saw that it was smarter and it instantly became good instead of actually looking at the story the film presented, and I hate saying this because it's someone else's opinion and I'm sure people have legitimate reasons for liking this movie. Not to mention the fact that in the 7 years since this film was completed, we've had many films turn horror archetypes on their head, and done in a much more entertaining and smarter way than this film. Cabin in the Woods is a perfect example. Hell, even You're Next if you're looking for a more recent example. Not a big fan of this film at all. The last 15 minutes are great but they're not enough to save what is an otherwise tedious film.
    Jesse O Super Reviewer
  • Nov 25, 2013
    Oh Mandy Lane, you so crazy! It starts out so unbelievably fucking strong and ends on a very interesting note, shame you're saggin' so much there in the middle Mandy. Though no part of this film was really that original (Take the cast of Neighbours, drop them in the outback of The Texas Chainsaw Massacre then have them knocked off one by one a la Friday the 13th [2009]) I went pretty crazy when I saw them out of yellow plastic cups. No, your eyes be not deceived my fellow horror aficionados, yellow. No red, that shit is aaallllllll yellow baby. Ahem... Also they play "Kings" and actually know how to take DXM, so that was cool. Emmet (above right) played by Michael Welch (The X-Files, Day of the Dead [2008], Bones) as the antagonist owns the screen far more than the titular Mandy Lane (above left) portrayed by Amber Heard (Pineapple Express, Zombieland, The Stepfather [2009], And Soon the Darkness, Drive Angry, The Ward). Along with what movie it's trying to rip off, All The Boys Love Mandy Lane also has trouble trying to decide where it sits genre-wise. There's plenty of awkward romances, complete with typical best-friend-in-love-with-pretty-girl-who-ignores-his-affections-but-strings-him-along-everywhere-and-is-really-nice-to-him relationship. All sorts of emotional teen drama bullshit. It's all mystery-like when people start dying, who-dunnit style, but only a third of the way into the film you find out it actually is Emmet, who you already know has the motive from the word go, so I don't think I'm ruining anything by telling you that. Then they drop the mystery and kill everyone off slasher style, but then the end is all suspenseful, and he psychology of it makes it a tad thriller-y. Often genre blending is pretty cool. Here it is just awkward. There's not a whole else lot to say about All The Boys Love Mandy Lane. It's an ever-so-slightly above average "pretty teens die in low budget first time young male horror director's go at the film industry that was gonna get a theatrical release but ended up straight to DVD". Like the million others out there, but just a fraction more clever (and possibly a fraction less entertaining). 47% -Gimly
    Gimly M Super Reviewer

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