All the Boys Love Mandy LaneFebruary 15, 2008
A group of high-schoolers invite Mandy Lane, a good girl who became quite hot over the summer, to a weekend party on a secluded ranch. While the festivities rage on, the number of revelers begins to drop quite mysteriously.
Release Year: 2006
Rating: 5.8/10 (10,987 voted)
Stars: Amber Heard, Anson Mount, Whitney Able
The orphan Mandy Lane is a beautiful, virgin and pure teenager raised by her aunt, desired by her schoolmates and a close friend of the outcast Emmet. After the death of their high school mate in a pool party, Mandy befriends Chloe, Marlin, Red, Bird and Jake. Red invites the group for a weekend party in the isolated ranch of his family, with all the boys disputing who would succeed in having sex with Mandy Lane. They meet the henchman Garth that takes care of the ranch and he asks the group to go easy on the drugs and booze. In the middle of the night, a stranger wearing a hood attacks Marlin in the barn; when Jake seeks her out, he faces the killer, beginning a night of bloodshed and terror.
Robert Earl Keen
This Summer Love Kills
Release Date: 15 February 2008
Filming Locations: Austin, Texas, USA
Box Office Details
Opening Weekend: $41,992
(1 June 2008)
(Toronto International Film Festival)
Did You Know?
The Ranch used for shooting had a cemetery with over 60 graves from the 1800s next to the house. The graves were from a town, which no longer exists.
Chloe's hair style changes several times during her topless scene.
[Marlin is cutting Ritalin on the counter. Marlin and Chloe snort it]
Thank God for little brothers with ADD.
Yeah, how's that working out for him? Has his behavior improved?
A Nutshell Review: All The Boys Love Mandy Lane
All the boys love Mandy Lane, and the way she is portrayed by Amber
Heard, who wouldn't? She's blonde, she's demure, she's so hot that the
camera in the movie's introduction to the character, lingered on her
T&As. She's a fine athlete though we don't really get to know what kind
of graaes she's getting. Every boy in school wants to talk to her, and
every one of them wants to get into her pants, earning bragging rights
to be the first amongst everyone else to have conquered probably the
last bastion of virginity in school. People would do silly things like
dying for her too.
In typical slasher flick formula, a group of students, Mandy included,
organized themselves for a getaway in a secluded ranch, where a ranch
hand Garth (Anson Mount) provides that element of question as to who
amongst the group will be the hunter, and who will fall as prey. Like
how the formula warns against decadent teenage lifestyles, such as the
unwritten rules of having the non-virgin being dispatched first and the
likes, you're constantly kept guessing as everyone in the group, save
for our goody-two-shoes Mandy, get sloshed in a flood of sin, with the
smoking of weed, snorting of coke, being highly sexually charged and
active, and downing alcohol as if it was water.
It does take quite a while for the first person to fall, and you
probably won't feel much for the characters that had to kick the bucket
in the most violent of deaths, which get shown quite graphically, only
to pull back at the last minute through visual tricks and edits the
filmmakers use. But for slasher flick fans, it's a long ride to get to
this stage, and frankly speaking given that the characters all don't
appeal to you (i.e. you couldn't care less if they live or die), the
movie does seem to coast along the tried and tested, until its last
Surprisingly, the narrative decided to reveal its boogeyman quite early
on in the film, which provided some perplexing questions. Again for
those familiar with the genre, there'll always be a thought niggling in
your mind in disbelief that the plot would be so straight forward.
Granted as mentioned, the payload comes at the finale, which I thought
had two meanings, depending on which concept you subscribe to. First,
following reality that the most perverse amongst us tend to be the one
most disconnected, and second, punishment coming from someone who
doesn't see eye to eye on immoral lifestyles, and want to put a deadly
stop to it.
I did see the revelation coming, but for the longest time had decided
not to believe my gut feeling in the hopes that it would develop into
something that will genuinely blow my mind. It's not perfect, but it
did have its moments with the following of recent trends in the slasher
genre that bad guys don't have to necessarily finish last. Nothing
fanciful here, but it still worked to a certain degree. And kudos to
both the casting director in putting Amber Heard in the titular role,
and for the actress to pull off one of the more memorable lead
characters in such a genre flick.