Saturday, July 21, 2012

Quick Cuts: "All the Boys Love Mandy Lane" Movie Review by Andy Schopp

Release Date: 2006
Director: Jonathan Levine
Writer: Jacob Forman
Starring: Amber Heard, Anson Mount and Whitney Able
Rated: R
Run Time: 90 min

I was turned onto this little piece of cinematic pop-culture by our very own Ben Foutch. I was unsure of what to expect at first, but it became rather apparent what I was in for once the movie got through its intro. The movie is everything you would expect from a high school thriller/slasher with a few tid-bits of style and imagination.

Mandy Lane was a "loser" in her school until one summer she got HOT! All of the sudden, all the boys in the school wanted to "get with her" and her. Once that happened, her best friend, Emmet, was left in the dust. One night, Mandy and a few of her friends go up to a ranch in the middle of nowhere to party up the weekend and get laid as many times as they possibly can. As you can imagine, their little weekend trip goes horribly wrong as they begin to drop one by one into the icy clutches of the evil madman out to get them.


On the surface, this is absolutely nothing new. We have watched this story play out time and time again, in different settings. Sometimes it's enjoyable to watch and sometimes it isn't. It all depends on your mood.

While the movie isn't the most original of all time, it does have a few things going for it like, oh, I don't know...AMBER HEARD! (and also some other stuff too, I guess). But in all seriousness, there are some aspects that are enjoyable, and even a mix-up that some people may not see coming that they might actually like. The plot isn't anything new, but there are some nice aspects that make this just different enough to enjoy. It's nice to see that, at points, there was some effort put into this pile of blood and guts that they call a movie!

If you are a fan of the genre, I'd say check it out because it's a worthy addition to any slasher fan's movie base. It has some really great practical effects for some of the shots, which was one of my favorite things about this movie. I don't mind watching a girl get stabbed through the mouth, with a shotgun disconnecting her lower jaw; I'll take that any day of the week over some CG B.S. hoopla! Outside of horror and slasher fans, this might not seem like anything new or different to what you've seen before.

It may not be the very best of its kind but its certainly worth a watch. If you haven't seen it, then go help yourself to a big plate of mutilated teenagers! It tastes pretty good this time around!