All the Boys Love Mandy Lane
What parents need to know
Positive role models
Drinking, drugs, & smoking
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?
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?
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?
|Theatrical release date:||October 11, 2013|
|DVD release date:||December 3, 2013|
|Cast:||Amber Heard, Anson Mount, Whitney Able|
|Run time:||91 minutes|
|MPAA explanation:||strong disturbing violence, pervasive drug and alcohol use, sexuality/nudity and language - all involving teens|