All the Boys Love Mandy Lane Blu-ray Review

   Director: Jonathan Levine
  • Writers: Jacob Forman
  • Format: Blu-ray, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.40:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Anchor Bay
  • Release Date: December 3, 2013
  • Run Time: 90 minutes




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            The hype far surpassed the actual content of All the Boys Love Mandy Lane, which actually seems quite tame despite initial ravings from a select few able to see the film when it was first made seven years ago. After collecting dust for much of those seven years, All the Boys Love Mandy Lane is now old news. Even the casting of Amber Heard in the title role has little of the same impact since she has shed her virginal teen image, though fans may find it refreshing to see her in a film with a little baby fat in her cheeks. As often happens with a few years in the spotlight, Heard is more of a cookie cutter starlet these days, with little to no fat in her cheeks or anywhere else on her body.   

     

            It is actually quite easy to see why this film was shelved, because aside from the casting of Heard in the leading role, there is nothing much inventive or impressive about Jonathan Levine’s film. It simply utilizes the popular slasher narrative of a group of partying teens in a remote area, each picked off until the final cause of the deaths is revealed. There is an adequate amount of violence, though none feels altogether inspired.

     

            All the Boys Love Mandy Lane is directed by Jonathan Levine, who has had much more success with the films following this one (50/50, Warm Bodies), which is probably an additional reason for this film’s release after seven years of cinematic banishment. This also explains the Blu-ray disc’s only special feature, which is a commentary track with Levine. 

           

    Entertainment Value: 6.5/10

    Quality of Filmmaking: 5/10

    Historical Significance: 3/10

    Disc Features: 6/10

     

     

     

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