ALL THE BOYS LOVE MANDY LANE

ALL THE BOYS LOVE MANDY LANE-United States-90 Mins. 2006

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Amber Heard as Mandy Lane in All the Boys Love Mandy Lane

Amber Heard as Mandy Lane in All the Boys Love Mandy Lane

Michael Welch (with Amber Heard) as Emmet in All the Boys Love Mandy Lane

Michael Welch (with Amber Heard) as Emmet in All the Boys Love Mandy Lane

Whitney Able (R, withAmber Heard) as Chloe in All the Boys Love Mandy Lane

Whitney Able (R, withAmber Heard) as Chloe in All the Boys Love Mandy Lane

Edwin Hodge (with Amber Heard) as Bird in All the Boys Love Mandy Lane

Edwin Hodge (with Amber Heard) as Bird in All the Boys Love Mandy Lane

Aaron Himelstein (C) as Red in All the Boys Love Mandy Lane

Aaron Himelstein (C) as Red in All the Boys Love Mandy Lane

Luke Grimes (L) as Jake in All the Boys Love Mandy Lane

Luke Grimes (L) as Jake in All the Boys Love Mandy Lane

Melissa Price as Marlin in All the Boys Love Mandy Lane

Melissa Price as Marlin in All the Boys Love Mandy Lane

Adam Powell as Dylan in All the Boys Love Mandy Lane

Adam Powell as Dylan in All the Boys Love Mandy Lane

Peyton Hayslip as Aunt Jo in All the Boys Love Mandy Lane

Peyton Hayslip as Aunt Jo in All the Boys Love Mandy Lane

Brooke Bloom as Cousin Jen in All the Boys Love Mandy Lane

Brooke Bloom as Cousin Jen in All the Boys Love Mandy Lane

Robert Earl Keen as Keg Trucker in All the Boys Love Mandy Lane

Robert Earl Keen as Keg Trucker in All the Boys Love Mandy Lane

Anson Mount as Garth in All the Boys Love Mandy Lane

Anson Mount as Garth in All the Boys Love Mandy Lane

Directed by Jonathan Levine

Written by Jacob Forman

In every high school in every state in every city there is a girl like Mandy Lane. The kind of girl that, even though she may not be the most beautiful girl, there is still something about her that makes every horny teenage boy, and yes, some of the girls, turn their heads as she walks down the hallway. Time seems to stand still as she passes you by; her hair shining in the fluorescence and you hope that she will even think about giving you a smile. Face it, you want in her pants and you’ve got the blue balls to show for it. It’s too bad she is completely unattainable. She may not be saving herself for marriage; she’s just not saving it for you. Then there’s that one guy (in ‘Mandy Lane’ it is Emmet (Michael Welch, Twilight) that she picks out of the crowd to be ‘just friends’ with and he is perfectly okay with that. The cool kids call him ‘fag’ and ‘loser’ because they are so jealous that she lets him breathe her air, even. This is what All the Boys Love Mandy Lane get right.

Blonde, athletic and beautiful; Mandy Lane (Amber Heard, Drive Angry, Machete Kills) is to die for. In fact that’s exactly what Dylan (Adam Powell, The Garage) does in the first ten minutes of the film. Cut to nine months later and Mandy is invited by Red (Aaron Himelstein, Assassination of a High School President) to a party at his father’s ranch with friends Jake (Luke Grimes, Taken 2, The Wait), Bird (Edwin Hodge, Red Dawn), Chloe (Whitney Able, Monsters) and Marlin (Melissa Price, The Kid & I). Aside from the usual teenage drinking and drugs, there is also the ulterior competition that the three boys have of being the first to ‘get with’ the elusive Mandy Lane. Director Jonathan Levine (Warm Bodies, 50/50) is adept at using slow motion and lighting accompanied by a hip (but not hipster) soundtrack to portray the idyllic apathy that is typical of teenage life.  Again, these are the things that All the Boys Love Mandy Lane get right.

The film goes wrong when it swerves into slasher territory when the kids are picked off one by one by an unseen assailant. The killer is quickly revealed but don’t worry; if you paid attention to the previous action the answer was as obvious as a fake sign language interpreter at a memorial service. Of course there are red herrings, mainly in the form of Garth (Anson Mount, Safe, and AMC’s Hell on Wheels), the ranch hand and former veteran with a rifle seemingly welded to his hand. The film tries to pick itself back up at the end when it throws in a twist that I either didn’t see coming; or I did and was oblivious to it by this point.

All the Boys Love Mandy Lane is not a bad film. The cinematography has been compared to the work of early Terence Malick (Badlands, Days of Heaven) and Tobe Hooper (The Texas Chainsaw Massacre). That’s quite a compliment to be put in such good company; Malick and Hooper have both made memorable and iconic motion pictures. One can only hope that with the right screenplay that Jonathan Levine will take his place beside them one day.

TRIVIA

The main ranch house in the film used to belong to Hilary Duff’s family.

Local legend has it that John Wilkes Booth evaded capture in Virginia after his assassination of Abraham Lincoln and was the caretaker on the ranch property. He told the property owners his true identity as he was dying. They buried him in an unmarked grave next to the oak tree which Mandy Lane walks by to see Garth.

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.

A little girl died in the upstairs bedroom in the ranch house after asphyxiating. Locals claim she still haunts the house. It is claimed a little girl in a white dress was seen several times in the ranch house during night shoots, even though there were never any children on set.

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Country singer Robert Earl Keen has a brief spot as an keg trucker. His song “Dreadful Selfish Crime” appears on the soundtrack for All the Boys Love Mandy Lane. Here is a video for the song and while I’m at it I’ve thrown his “Merry Christmas from the Family” in for good measure. Enjoy.

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About jmount43

I was born in Spartanburg, South Carolina on March 4, 1962. I guess that makes me old, but I certainly don't feel that way. I still play video games and listen to rock and roll music. I love movies, especially horror films. I have a beautiful wife who is my all time best friend. She supports me in everything I do. More importantly, she calls me out on my bullshit. This blog is dedicated to her for everything she's done for me.
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15 Responses to ALL THE BOYS LOVE MANDY LANE

  1. Zoë says:

    Awesome review! I was not really a fan of this. It had potential and then just dumped it.

  2. as obvious as a fake sign language interpreter at a memorial service – great line. I’ve been debating about watching this, got it in my queue, now that I know what to expect I’ll give it a watch.

  3. jjames36 says:

    Sounds interesting. I might have to check it out, the flaws you cite notwithstanding.

  4. I agree with you, I really enjoyed the movie until it went all teen slasher. I thought they started to ruin what was building to be a very good thing.

    I didn’t see the ending coming, but I bought this when it first came out and haven’t watched it since.

    • jmount43 says:

      The film was made in 2006 and took 7 years to make to U.S. shelves. What’s up with that?

      • Really! 7 years that is crazy. The movie set Amber Heard to be a sexy star of the future. Sadly I don’t really think she her career has skyrocketed the way she would have wanted. Not bad, but I expected more from her.

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