BY ERIN TORRANCE
First released at the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) in September 2006, All the Boys Love Mandy Lane has finally made its way onto DVD. And even though it seems 2006 wasn’t that long ago, it has actually been seven years. Technically, it was released on home video about two weeks ago, but hey, seven years, two weeks—there’s not much difference there. I suppose that is unless you were for some reason really anticipating this release.
Now, I’ve heard the theories behind delaying the release of a movie or speeding it up, but, well, seven years seems a little much. However, like the film itself, it’s hard for me to come up with a good answer to why? But before I launch into my rambling attempts to answer all the whys, I’ll offer the standard synopsis.
So the whole movie revolves under good girl Mandy Lane (Amber Heard). The film opens with some close-ups of Heard’s boobs and butt, and the point is easily made; she’s the centre of attention in high school. Suddenly, all the cool guys want to be with innocent Mandy, since she has turned quite hot over the summer break, of course. Soon, Mandy gets invited on a weekend trip to party with some friends at a ranch—out in the middle of nowhere. The place screams Strangers. And while all the boys seem to battle over who gets to be with Mandy, the group begins to dwindle one by one.
It’s hard to review this film without revealing the end, because there’s really not much to say about it until that point. The film seems to peter along, and it’s really not all that much of a thriller. Some of the deaths are “interesting” I suppose in that they aren’t really the average stab, slash, or gunshot—but then half of them are, so it’s not that much of a pro for the film overall.
Now for the SPOILER—I’d like to not reveal anything about the film that could ruin it, but it’s hard to ignore the question of why Mandy believes she needs to kill the five other people she heads out to party with and the one who is seemingly her best friend, even before she got milk. When it comes to understanding Mandy’s mentality, it’s difficult to understand her motives aside from the obvious, well, they can be bullies—a couple of them, anyway. And while we know her parents died when she was young, that doesn’t explain why she’s suddenly evil. Batman’s parents died when he was a kid, and he didn’t turn out all that bad.
In the end, this film really didn’t do much for me. There’s a lot of filler it seems; for a horror flick, there’s just not enough there to really keep me on the edge of my seat. I admit I didn’t see the plot twist coming, but I also didn’t really care to guess; and guessing the end or not, it was always obvious who would survive in the end. Simply put, All the Boys Love Mandy Lane isn’t worth the rental fees; if you’re really curious, I’d wait until it airs on cable another seven years from now.