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All the Boys Love Mandy Lane

by Ken Tasho
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Tuesday Dec 3, 2013
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"All the Boys Love Mandy Lane" sat in movie distribution limbo for seven years, and one can see why after viewing this slasher film. The title suggests a romantic comedy or drama, but the film can’t decide whether it wants to be a coming-of-age story or a violent thriller.

Rooted in ’70s and ’80s low-budget horror films is "All the Boys Love Mandy Lane" and the entire film rests on the shoulders of Amber Heard. She plays the title character, and as Heard primps and preens, the camera leers at her every move.

The 10-minute prologue rips off "Prom Night," where a deathly accident causes someone to go berserk. As we flash forward nine months, Mandy Lane and her friends head to a deserted country home for a weekend of partying. The nondescript and disposable characters are stalked one by one and Mandy Lane becomes the inevitable Final Girl, coming face-to-face with the all too obvious killer.

This film was Jonathan Levine’s ("50/50") directorial debut, and he discusses his novice ways as a director in an audio commentary, the Blu-ray’s only special feature. You’ll learn about everything from how the soundtrack songs were chosen to how the house used in the film was found, and its supposed haunting. Levine is self-deprecating while watching many scenes, poking fun at the bad editing. He defends his actors but bashes himself, providing a much-needed, entertaining examination of an otherwise forgetful flick.





"All the Boys Love Mandy Lane"
Blu-ray
$29.99
www.anchorbayent.com

Ken Tasho is a Corporate Drone by day and Edge Contributor by night. He has a love for all things ’80’s and resides in the Wayland Square area of Providence, RI...but would much rather be sharing an apartment in NYC with ’80’s rock goddesses Pat Benatar and Deborah Harry.

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