All the Boys Love Mandy Lane

 
Teen-party slasher movie with drinking, drugs, sex.
  • Review Date: October 11, 2013
  • Rated: R
  • Genre: Horror
  • Release Year: 2013
  • Running Time: 91 minutes

What parents need to know

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
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
Not applicable
Drinking, drugs, & smoking
During a weekend party, teens are almost constantly drinking, snorting cocaine, smoking pot, and taking unspecified prescription drugs, with varied consequences.
 

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.

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?

QUALITY
 
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 movie is well-made, with more effort placed on building tension than on creating bloody payoffs.
 
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.

Families can talk 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

Theatrical release date:October 11, 2013
DVD release date: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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Adult Written bywonder dove October 18, 2013
age 16+
 

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 great in my opinion. The summary sounds better than it actually is. Mandy Lane (Heard) is liked and admired by all the boys, except she has nothing to show for it except a pretty face. She comes off rather boring because she doesn't talk much and she's shy, which is why I think she's most interesting to all the boys - she's the quiet, mysterious one that has no interest in anyone. Mandy is invited to a rowdy weekend party at a secluded ranch by her friends in a group of about 6 or 7. A security guard named Garth (Anson Mount) also works there. When strange occurrences start happening the first night, each person starts getting killed off one by one. The killer is rather predictable. The ending has a nice twist. Language has lots of cursing including plenty of f-words followed by harsh name calling type words. Violence is gory and includes bloody stabbings, gunshots, references to suicide, a character jumps off a roof that ends bloody, a human tooth covered in blood is found on a dirt road, gun shoved into person's mouth which chokes them then leads to a broken jaw, sick cattle are shot, eyes are slashed, a brutal beating in a pit of mud and carcasses is seen. Sexual content includes a topless teen, some bathing suit scenes, a girl gives a guy a hand job behind a newspaper, oral sex implied, girl in a bra and panties, some crude jokes throughout. Drugs include cocaine/pill snorting, pot smoking, prescription drug use and heavy drinking. Content is too harsh for under 17!
What other families should know
Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
Teen, 15 years old Written byJulia1998 November 13, 2013
age 13+
 

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.
What other families should know
Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much consumerism
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
Teen, 14 years old Written byHaithamB November 9, 2013
age 14+
 

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 other families should know
Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking

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