All the Boys Love Mandy Lane

Movie review by
Jeffrey M. Anderson, Common Sense Media
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Teen-party slasher movie with drinking, drugs, sex.
  • R
  • 2013
  • 91 minutes

Parents say

age 16+
Based on 1 review

Kids say

age 14+
Based on 3 reviews

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this movie.

Positive Messages
The idea that resisting peer pressure and remaining true to your beliefs and confident in your choices runs throughout and is reflected in the central character's choices (though the movie's ending subverts this to some degree). Generally though, teens are depicted as wild, promiscuous partiers who are often cruel to one another.
Positive Role Models & Representations
Up until the ending, Mandy Lane is a virtuous character in high school. She's beautiful and desired by all, but she doesn't have sex, do drugs, or drink, and doesn't give in to peer pressure. She's not defined by others. Her confidence in her choices makes her even more attractive and admirable. Most of the other teens are wild high schoolers.
 
Violence
Several teens are killed in bloody ways, with shotguns and knives. A teen's eyes are slashed. A teen dies jumping from a roof into a pool (blood is shown clouding the water). Sick cows are shown being shot in a flashback. A killing takes place in a burial pit filled with cow carcasses. Characters have a suicide pact (which is not acted upon).
Sex
A teen girl is shown topless. A girl teen gives a boy teen oral sex. A girl teen gives a boy a "hand job" in a car, hidden under an open road map. The movie contains all kinds of sexual references and innuendo (including jokes about giving a horse oral sex, or discussions of shaving pubic hair), all by teens.
Language
Language, spoken by teen characters, is frequent. Words include "f--k," "c--t," "a--hole," "fag," "bitch," "s--t," "Goddamn," "whore," "prick," "damn," and "bitch."
Consumerism
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
During a weekend party, teens are almost constantly drinking, snorting cocaine, smoking pot, and taking unspecified prescription drugs, with varied consequences.
 

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that All the Boys Love Mandy Lane is a horror movie that features medium-to-strong slasher violence, with dead teens, blood, and death by shotgun and knife. Teens are constantly thinking and talking about sex. One girl is shown topless, and there are scenes of oral sex and a "hand job" (with nothing graphic shown). Language is very strong, ranging from insults ("fag," "bitch") to stronger terms ("f--k," "c--t"). Drinking and pot smoking are prevalent, with occasional cocaine snorting, and use of prescription pills. The main character, Mandy Lane, generally stays away from all these things. The movie is not the bloodiest, scariest, or cleverest ever made, but it contains some compelling ideas and teen genre fans will probably want to see it.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written bywonder dove October 18, 2013

Nothing special.

All the Boys Love Mandy Lane was an okay watch, but nothing special. I like Amber Heard and think she's a terrific actress, however the film was not that g... Continue reading
Teen, 15 years old Written byJulia1998 November 13, 2013

Ok for teenagers, but not all.

Avoid only if your kid is over impressionable and keen on emulating what he sees in a movie. Not scary or traumatizing for teenagers.
Teen, 14 years old Written byHaithamB November 9, 2013

Moviegoer14: All the Boys Love Mandy Lane

Familiar. But one of the cleverest movies of the year. Entertaining and darkly funny. Catchy. Shocking. Terrifying.

What's the story?

High schooler Mandy Lane (Amber Heard) doesn't drink, do drugs, or have sex, but is still an object of mystery and desire among boys. One young man invites her to a house party, and she agrees, but only if her best friend, the nerdy Emmet (Michael Welch) can come along. There, Emmet is involved with an accidental death, and Mandy stops speaking to him. Months later, she is invited to a weekend party on a ranch, which promises much drinking, drugs, and sex. She decides to go, and tries to stick to her personal values. An older, alluring ranch hand, Garth (Anson Mount), begins to throw things off balance within the group, and before long, strange things begin to happen, and dead bodies begin turning up. Will Mandy survive?

Is it any good?

This movie is well-made, with more effort placed on building tension than on creating bloody payoffs. Director Jonathan Levine made his feature debut with this movie, and he has since gone on to make very entertaining movies like 50/50 and Warm Bodies. Like many others of his generation, he's clearly a horror fan and is paying tribute to a genre he loves.
 
The ending is fairly clever, but is not the story's major selling point. Rather, it's the Mandy Lane character who is the most interesting element. Traditionally, in slasher movies, the virginal girl is the "final girl," or the one who escapes punishment. Levine and screenwriter Jacob Forman create a character that's pure, but somehow still confident, alluring, and mysterious. She provides the counterpoint for everything else in the movie, and Amber Heard's considerable screen presence is a key factor. This could become a cult classic.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the movie's violence. What is the appeal of watching this kind of violence? Is there anything that you can't bear to watch? Why is that?
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  • What is the appeal of horror movies involving teens? How are they different from movies about families or grown-ups? Who is the audience for movies like this?

  • Is Mandy Lane a good role model? Is she an admirable character because she refrains from teen sex, drinking, and smoking? Do you know anyone like her?
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Movie details

  • In theaters: October 11, 2013
  • On DVD or streaming: December 3, 2013
  • Cast: Amber Heard, Anson Mount, Whitney Able
  • Director: Jonathan Levine
  • Studio: Radius TWC
  • Genre: Horror
  • Run time: 91 minutes
  • MPAA rating: R
  • MPAA explanation: strong disturbing violence, pervasive drug and alcohol use, sexuality/nudity and language - all involving teens

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