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New On Netflix Instant: All the Boys Love Mandy Lane Review

Justin Haaksma 39 Comments

New On Netflix Instant: All the Boys Love Mandy Lane ReviewWhen you see a movie at a premiere screening sometimes you dont know what you are gonna get. I think its a great way to see a movie because there are no other opinions or reviews to get in your head and change the experience and you see the film for what it is, good or bad. I got a chance to check out the Midwest premiere screening of All the Boys Love Mandy Lane at Flashback Weekend in Chicago and went in there with no expectations. Unfortunately, when it was all said and done I walked I out of the theater questioning the title because this is one boy who didn’t love Mandy Lane.

All the Boys Love Mandy Lane is the story of Mandy Lane(obviously). She is a high school student who isn’t quite in with the “in crowd” but finds herself on the verge of this after a summer in which the popular boys thinks she got extremely hot. Seeing as she is unused to the attention from the in crowd, she is still friends with Emmet who is not well accepted with the new group courting Mandy’s approval. Mandy brings Emmet to a party that he doesn’t want to be which turns out to be a disaster. The boys are all trying to score with Mandy, but she isn’t like that and turns them all down. When Emmet tells one guy he’s just like everybody else and needs to impress her if he wants a chance, the guy tries to impress but ends up with tragic consequences.

Flash forward nine months later and we see Mandy is now in with the popular crowd and she no longer hangs with the friends of her past. The stoner of her friends named Red has invited Mandy and their friends to his parents ranch for a few days of debauchery. Red and his two buddies Jake and Bird all argue who is gonna get to sleep with Mandy first. Obviously they have their intentions well set on Mandy but she is going to fit in with her new friends.

Once they arrive at Red’s parents ranch, the boys quickly vie for alone time with Mandy. Every time each person gets a moment alone with her, the others find a way to break it up. Also along on the trip are Chloe and Marlin who despite being great friends have it out for each other a little when it comes to the attention of the boys. Soon with the boys fighting for Mandy’s attention and the other girls fighting for the boys attention things begin to get a little heated. It doesn’t help that they aren’t thinking clearly from all the beer drinking, pot smoking, and Ritalin snorting as people begin taking jokes the wrong way and tempers flare.

With the friends slightly at odds, a few of them begin to storm their separate ways to cool down. Unfortunately, this leads to problems on the ranch that the ranchhand Garth is left to deal with since he promised Red’s parents to look after them. Unfortunately Garth’s role soon turn into protector as someone else is on the ranch and is hunting down everyone one by one. With the boys still fighting for Mandy’s love and everyone fighting for their lives, there is no telling who will walk out alive and with Mandy’s hand.

The story of high school kids partying in the middle of nowhere only to be hunted down and killed is too played out and All the Boys Love Mandy Lane didnt change this. They tried to make the unattainable aspect of Mandy an intriguing part of the film but since none of the other characters are really likable I found it hard to really care. The whole first half of this film was trying too hard to showcase Mandy’s innocence and really left me wanting to hit the snooze button and wake up when something began to happen.

Finally when things seem to happen on the ranch, they never keep going. The film didn’t keep momentum as the suspense built between kills was lacking. Every time I thought something might happen, it didn’t. Or worse, you thought something might happen and it did but I really didn’t care. It’s really hard to explain but to me the way things unfolded was just kind of empty and unoriginal.

The kills in the film were decent. There were two deaths that I enjoyed but one of them was spoiled because it was too dark to really enjoy. It may have been the contrast of the projector for the screening, but I think it may have been filmed this way. If that’s the case it’s a shame because the one gruesome kill is hidden too much in the shadows. The rest of the kills and special effects weren’t anything to get excited over either.

The acting wasn’t all that great. I think the only real good character was Amber Heard who played Mandy Lane. She really made the character of Mandy interesting so it’s a shame that the other characters were all flat and unlikeable. I think part of the reason the characters weren’t easy to like may have been the script. Yes I understand they are in high school and they were trying to make it realistic but I felt the script was just a little too juvenile and had no depth. They try and make Mandy a deep character but none of the other characters have any depth or backstory that would make you want to root for them as well.

I will applaud the filmmakers for trying trying to add a twist to the end of the film, its just too bad you can see it coming from a mile away. Not to mention it couldn’t stop at one foreseeable twist but at the end tries to take another clear as day twist that only jumbles things up more. Sometimes its best to stop while your ahead and even though the first twist wasn’t much of a surprise, it could have been played off better and not left to an even more predictable finish.

Overall it’s really hard to say much about this film. I think it was as flat as the Great Plains and never really got momentum rolling. The twists were predictable and the story was like many films of this style. Yeah some can argue that there was good realism with the high schooler’s attitudes as well as drug, alcohol and sex abuse but whats the realism good for without a story and characters to keep it interesting? Mandy Lane was the best thing going for this film so it’s proper her name was in the title but thats about all this film had. Without her, you could of called this film Lake Dead 2 and called it a day. The only thing I can say is I have a feeling that like me, not all the boys( or girls for that matter) will love Mandy Lane.

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      1. Angie Lomi January 4, 2014 at 9:11 pm

        (y) saw it today

        • Horror-Movies.ca
          Horror-Movies.ca January 4, 2014 at 9:13 pm

          i will be watching it later today myself. did you like it?

        • Angie Lomi
          Angie Lomi January 4, 2014 at 9:14 pm

          yess it was really good..it worth watching it ;)

      2. Levi Everaerts January 4, 2014 at 9:15 pm

        100% agreed with this review. Very overrated flick.

      3. Elyse Sokol Nuwesra January 4, 2014 at 9:15 pm

        Thanks!!! Have always wanted to see this

        • Horror-Movies.ca
          Horror-Movies.ca January 4, 2014 at 9:18 pm

          i will be watching it today as well :)

      4. Yolanda M. Macaraeg January 4, 2014 at 9:15 pm

        We all know that Mandy is the killer.

        • Horror-Movies.ca
          Horror-Movies.ca January 4, 2014 at 9:19 pm

          sure hoping you did not just spoil the movie for me and everyone else

        • Michelle Rogers
          Michelle Rogers January 5, 2014 at 12:17 am

          It a little more complicated than that…just watched it. I think since this movie has been talked about for so long, my expectations were high. Just lower them a little and the movie will be pretty good. I knew right off who the killer was, but there is a good twist at the end.

        • Yolanda M. Macaraeg
          Yolanda M. Macaraeg January 5, 2014 at 2:21 am

          I watch even the most lame of horror movie’s (NOT saying that this one is lame! Remember? I have not seen it!), because I just like horror. If it’s good, then cool. If it’s not, then, cool too, because I most likely had a good laugh!

      5. Brittany Lamoureux January 4, 2014 at 9:16 pm

        Whaaaat, thanks for letting me know it’s on instant now! Awesome! I’ve been wanting to see this for years ever since it got postponed back in 2006.

        • Horror-Movies.ca
          Horror-Movies.ca January 4, 2014 at 9:18 pm

          you and me both Brittany Lamoureux I to remember when they announced it in 2006 and never released it. Let me know what you think when you watch it

        • Marc Hughes
          Marc Hughes January 4, 2014 at 9:23 pm

          It did get released…But only in the UK, the company that was going to distribute it went bankrupt and it’s been stuck in developmental hell ever since….It’s a great flick though, I might actually buy it again, since I tracked down a UK import a few years ago

        • Horror-Movies.ca
          Horror-Movies.ca January 4, 2014 at 9:29 pm

          Marc Hughes by released I meant wide so more of us can see it. The Uk release is why we have so many reviews on site for it

        • Marc Hughes
          Marc Hughes January 4, 2014 at 10:28 pm

          I’m guessing since it’s being put on Netflix they decided not to do the theatrical release, a lot of the VOD have said “see it before it hits theaters”….Either way I’m just glad it will finally get the recognition it deserves

      6. Greg Naugher January 4, 2014 at 9:17 pm

        I liked it as well. It also had a great soundtrack.

      7. Tim Bearden January 4, 2014 at 9:22 pm

        I thought it was a big let down. Especially after hearing so much good. Reminds me of those Scream rip off movies we got after it was a hit.

      8. Yolanda M. Macaraeg January 4, 2014 at 9:23 pm

        I did not see this movie. I am being sarcastic in saying that Mandy is the killer. As a horror fan, I alwys like to “call it out” to see if I am correct! Enjoy people!

        • Horror-Movies.ca
          Horror-Movies.ca January 4, 2014 at 9:42 pm

          I think you are right it was my thought as well. Thanks for not spoiling the movie :)

      9. Justin Haaksma January 4, 2014 at 9:27 pm

        Booooooooooooo

      10. Teddy Bracy January 4, 2014 at 9:30 pm

        Good movie.

      11. Bob Mikkelsen January 4, 2014 at 9:36 pm

        Why not tell the whole plot and there will be no need to even bother to watch the film.

      12. Christine Gregorich January 4, 2014 at 9:38 pm

        Awesome! Thanks! I’ve been waiting forever for this~

      13. Gary Lowe January 4, 2014 at 10:01 pm

        Hasn’t a copy of this been floating around the Internet for , like, 3 or 4 years. Somebody told me probably 2 years ago that they actually watched it on YouTube . If its released on DVD I’ll probably watch it, although the person who saw it told me they thought it was weak.

        • Marc Hughes
          Marc Hughes January 4, 2014 at 10:30 pm

          You could have bought it from various places for a few years now…The story about it never getting released here till now is kind of long, but PAL versions of it were pretty cheap, I got the blu ray for around $20 which isn’t bad for an import

        • Jordan Cox
          Jordan Cox January 5, 2014 at 3:14 am

          I saw it on YouTube a couple years ago

      14. Peter Gutierrez Jr January 4, 2014 at 10:27 pm

        I’ve seen it and don’t listen to all the hype . Don’t expect a movie with a Big Bang horror story just watch it as a movie that has a little something scary to it and you should like it . Not bad I give it 2 1/2 or 3 out if 5 stars.

      15. William Armentrout January 4, 2014 at 11:30 pm

        I liked it…

      16. Becky Bishop January 5, 2014 at 1:23 am

        Meh ….. boring!

      17. Jose Nieves January 5, 2014 at 2:40 am

        It was good, not great.

      18. Pamela Lee-LaCombe January 5, 2014 at 3:09 am

        I didn’t like it all.

      19. Jeff Scalf January 5, 2014 at 7:01 am

        Ami Darling

      20. Anda Dániel January 5, 2014 at 10:59 am

        Menidi egy gyilkos

      21. Anil Sehgal January 5, 2014 at 2:22 pm

        Thanks for the suggestions, just love it! Another one added to the list! :P

      22. Donny Ybarra January 5, 2014 at 4:37 pm

        Meh

      23. Brandon Shea Tharp January 5, 2014 at 6:03 pm

        It was ok..

      24. Rhonda Thompson January 5, 2014 at 8:46 pm

        for the love of k mandi

      25. Laurent Fouassier January 5, 2014 at 9:34 pm

        Très bon film mais pas réellement 1 film d’horreur c autre chose

      26. Christopher Horton January 9, 2014 at 2:06 am

        I liked this one. But i didnt love it. I think the fact that we all had to wait on it to FINALLY come out is what made the hype for this film. I got to see it about a year ago, after hearing about it on horror news sites for years. Then it went to the limbo, where the movies that misbehave go. Does it live up to the hype? I didnt think so. But judge for yourself!