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All the Boys Love Mandy Lane (2006)

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A group of high-schoolers invite Mandy Lane, an innocent, desirable girl, to a weekend party on a secluded ranch. While the festivities rage on, the number of revelers begins to drop mysteriously.

Director:

Jonathan Levine

Writer:

Jacob Forman
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Cast overview:
Amber Heard ... Mandy Lane
Anson Mount ... Garth
Michael Welch ... Emmet
Whitney Able ... Chloe
Edwin Hodge ... Bird
Aaron Himelstein ... Red
Luke Grimes ... Jake
Melissa Price ... Marlin
Adam Powell Adam Powell ... Dylan
Peyton Hayslip ... Aunt Jo
Brooke Bloom ... Cousin Jen
Robert Earl Keen Robert Earl Keen ... Keg Trucker
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A group of high-schoolers invite Mandy Lane, an innocent, desirable girl, to a weekend party on a secluded ranch. While the festivities rage on, the number of revelers begins to drop mysteriously.

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Everyone is dying to be with her. Someone is killing for it. See more »

Genres:

Horror

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong disturbing violence, pervasive drug and alcohol use, sexuality/nudity and language - all involving teens | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

6 September 2013 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Ecos en la oscuridad See more »

Filming Locations:

Austin, Texas, USA See more »

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Budget:

$750,000 (estimated)
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Occupant Entertainment See more »
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Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Fire ants were an enormous problem for the cast and crew during the shoot. See more »

Goofs

The back of Mandy Lanes legs were covered in mud when she first gets up after falling in the mud pit. In the next scene her legs are clean. See more »

Quotes

Marlin: [showing belly button ring] Check out what I just got.
Mandy Lane: Is it contagious?
Chloe: Does it explain that thing on your face?
Marlin: Whatever smarty cunt. Serious check it out.
[flips belly button piercing]
Marlin: Tasty huh.
Chloe: Marlin, don't get me wrong, but you are all pudge. That thing is going to get lost in the folds.
Marlin: I'm not fat.
Chloe: [sarcastically] Ok.
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References Saving Private Ryan (1998) See more »

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Oh Molly Dear
Performed by B.F. Shelton
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A Nutshell Review: All The Boys Love Mandy Lane
25 September 2008 | by DICK STEELSee all my reviews

All the boys love Mandy Lane, and the way she is portrayed by Amber Heard, who wouldn't? She's blonde, she's demure, she's so hot that the camera in the movie's introduction to the character, lingered on her T&As. She's a fine athlete though we don't really get to know what kind of graaes she's getting. Every boy in school wants to talk to her, and every one of them wants to get into her pants, earning bragging rights to be the first amongst everyone else to have conquered probably the last bastion of virginity in school. People would do silly things like dying for her too.

In typical slasher flick formula, a group of students, Mandy included, organized themselves for a getaway in a secluded ranch, where a ranch hand Garth (Anson Mount) provides that element of question as to who amongst the group will be the hunter, and who will fall as prey. Like how the formula warns against decadent teenage lifestyles, such as the unwritten rules of having the non-virgin being dispatched first and the likes, you're constantly kept guessing as everyone in the group, save for our goody-two-shoes Mandy, get sloshed in a flood of sin, with the smoking of weed, snorting of coke, being highly sexually charged and active, and downing alcohol as if it was water.

It does take quite a while for the first person to fall, and you probably won't feel much for the characters that had to kick the bucket in the most violent of deaths, which get shown quite graphically, only to pull back at the last minute through visual tricks and edits the filmmakers use. But for slasher flick fans, it's a long ride to get to this stage, and frankly speaking given that the characters all don't appeal to you (i.e. you couldn't care less if they live or die), the movie does seem to coast along the tried and tested, until its last act.

Surprisingly, the narrative decided to reveal its boogeyman quite early on in the film, which provided some perplexing questions. Again for those familiar with the genre, there'll always be a thought niggling in your mind in disbelief that the plot would be so straight forward. Granted as mentioned, the payload comes at the finale, which I thought had two meanings, depending on which concept you subscribe to. First, following reality that the most perverse amongst us tend to be the one most disconnected, and second, punishment coming from someone who doesn't see eye to eye on immoral lifestyles, and want to put a deadly stop to it.

I did see the revelation coming, but for the longest time had decided not to believe my gut feeling in the hopes that it would develop into something that will genuinely blow my mind. It's not perfect, but it did have its moments with the following of recent trends in the slasher genre that bad guys don't have to necessarily finish last. Nothing fanciful here, but it still worked to a certain degree. And kudos to both the casting director in putting Amber Heard in the titular role, and for the actress to pull off one of the more memorable lead characters in such a genre flick.


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