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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.
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.
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.
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...
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.
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.
Excerpt: Arriving in theaters seven years after its Toronto International Film Festival premiere—its director, Jonathan Levine, has already made three additional movies ( The Wackness , 50/50 ,and Warm Bodies )— All The Boys Love Mandy Lane has the misfortune of inhabiting a specific horror subgenre that now...