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Horror - Slasher

All The Boys Love Mandy Lane (2006)

Duration1h 30m
RatingsUK: 18, USA: R, Spain:18, Thailand: Banned.
Source of storyAn original screenplay
DirectorJonathan Levine
Writers/ScriptJacob Forman
StarringAmber Heard, Anson Mount, Michael Welsh, Whitney Able, Edwin Hodge, Aaron Himelstein, Luke Grimes, Melissa Price 
RatingsIMDb:  5.5 by 31,014 people. Rotten Tomatoes: 45% by 67 reviewers

Elevator Pitch: Mandy Lane is a good looking but insular college girl, who has one friend, the bullied and also isolated Emmett. So it’s a bit of a surprise when she is invited to join three guys and two other girls for a weekend of fun and frolic at the country ranch owned by the father of one of the boys. They travel in two cars to the farm, on the way stealing a barrel of beer and sniffing some coke. Once at the farm they continue to drink and take drugs, the atmosphere crackling with sexual tension. But then in the dark they start to be mysteriously picked off, despite the presence of the ranch hand who attempts to keep order. How will it all end?

Content: This is a teen slasher film, so inevitably a lot of the young women spend much time in their underwear, one flashing her boobs to a young man through a window. There is some non-revelatory sex, and quite a bit of drug taking and drinking. The girls are seen sitting on the loo at times, one apparently trimming her pubic hair. There is a lot of stumbling about in the dark, particularly after the lights fail and then members of the party are gradually eliminated quite graphically.  Quite close to the start a youth who fancies Mandy attempts to impress her by jumping from a roof into a swimming pool, unsuccessfully. 

A View: It just shows what publicity can do. I only watched this because Amber Heard was in it, an actress of whose existence I was unaware until the Johnny Depp trial in London recently. The title is ironic. Mandy is not really fancied because she is a cold fish. There was a bit too much stumbling about in the dark for me, and maybe more drug taking than I would like, because stoned people cause the narrative to falter. It was a particularly low budget outing, costing $750,000 and seems to have made a small profit. So not really worth spending money on, but probably a watch for nothing if you like that sort of thing.

Additional Info: Due to the distributors going bankrupt shorty after the movie was completed it took seven years to get a limited release in USA.  

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