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All the Boys Love Mandy Lane
17 December 2013
Excerpt: It’s hard to believe that a movie from 2006 is just now seeing the light of day. All the Boys Love Mandy Lane faced distribution problems (among other things) until finally getting released. Regardless, it’s finally available. I only heard of the film more recently, but became eager to see it. I am a horror fan and this one seemed like it might be right up my alley.
Conclusion: Jonathan Levine's stylized horror thriller 'All the Boys Love Mandy Lane' has its appeal and its moments, but in the end, the story is dragged by a great deal of high school drama. Since its distribution-rights fiasco, the movie has garnered a following and seems to be on its way to becoming a cult favorite, though there's nothing particularly special about it. Finally finding its way into the U.S.
Summary: The film made the festival rounds in 2006-07, and got a 2008 theatrical release in the United Kingdom, before finally getting a video-on-demand and limited release earlier this year. I’m glad to say it now arrives on a strong, swell-looking Blu-ray. Despite its flaws, this film was too good and (especially) too well-made to sit on a shelf for seven years.
Summary: How much you get out of All The Boys Love Mandy Lane may depend on your personal high school experiences but even if you never found yourself the kind of situation that the movie deals with, the film is still quite well made. The performances are good, the situations are both interesting and even believable and while the film is a little on the flat side in terms of style, it is well paced and it builds to a pretty strong finale.
Conclusion: All the Boys Love Mandy Lane certainly won't win any awards for originality, despite a welcome retreat from convention in its final act. Sadly, a fine twist ending and a finale awash in daylight rather than covered by the shroud of darkness cannot offset a rather bland two-act setup that's straight out of Teen Slasher 101. It's certainly better than many of its kind, but Slasher fans shouldn't expect the next great genre film.
Conclusion: I'd love to say All the Boys Love Mandy Lane was worth the long wait, but that just isn't true. The film shows a little promise and grit but largely just conforms to the usual horror movie composition down to a twist ending that doesn't relate to what we've just watched.
Excerpt: Better late than never. The fiercely independent All the Boys Love Mandy Lane made a hell of a splash in Toronto back in 2006, but thanks to poor test screenings, distributor cash flow problems, at least one [click on the thumbnail to enlarge] bankruptcy, and no shortage of legal wrangling, this arthouse slasher is only now getting a proper release in the U.S., seven full years later. Like the man says, all the boys love Mandy Lane (Amber Heard) .
Conclusion: The lack of extras for this much anticipated film is a bit disconcerting. However the presentation is good enough and there is an informative commentary that has some laughs and such. Its presentation is above average. On top of it all, it’s recommendable based on the quality of the film. It’s a slasher film that has no shame in being what it is. There are no post-modern, self aware Scream -generation characters to annoy you with.