All the Boys Love Mandy Lane (2006) ***
D: Jonathan Levine
C: Amber Heard, Michael Welch, Anson Mount, Whitney Able, Edwin Hodge, Aaron Himelstein, Luke Grimes
P: Mandy Lane (Heard) is the type of girl that everyone wants, but no one can have. After being invited to a ranch for a little R & R with her fellow classmates, she becomes the object of affection for a lunatic that is willing to kill off the competition.
All the Boys Mandy Lane is smarter then your usual slasher in the sense that it doesn't resort to a ton of gory killings right off the bat. It takes the time to create mood, tension, unease, to set up its premise and to establish that the character of Mandy Lane is this teenage Lolita that everyone wants, but that no one can touch. It's the type of film that knows that the build up, the anticipation of horror is always more satisfying then the actual payoff.
In between slashings, All the Boys Love Mandy Lane manages to tap into the high school psyche while making comments on teenage anxieties, teenage culture, the objectification of women and Columbine. It's well made, well acted and stylishly photographed with Amber Heard turning in the definitive performance of her career, to date.
At the end of the day though, All the Boys Love Mandy Lane is still just another slasher. Albeit, one that is better made and has far more brains then most of its counterparts. It's still not able to escape the overall limitations of the slasher genre though, in that the basic story of the film is yet another killer killing teens. It isn't able to transcend the slasher genre in the way that Halloween or Scream (1996) did. [R] 90 mins.
Filmed in 2006. Released overseas in 2008. Released in the US in 2013.
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