All the Boys Love Mandy Lane (2006)

Amber Heard - what a waste of a that that's out of the way, we can talk about the film.

Mandy Lane (Heard) has suddenly gotten hot and the boys in high school are suddenly hot for Mandy Lane. Mandy seems ready and willing to play the cock tease game with the high school boys much to the chagrin of her life long outcast friend Emmet.

It starts out innocently enough. Mandy gets invited to a house party. Emmet tags along. There is some heavy drinking, some recreational drugging and a little bit of murder (where were these parties when I was i high school?). The murder shocks the town to the point where time moves forward a few months in the blink of an eye. Time may have shifted, but not much else has changed - Emmet is still weird, Mandy is still hot and all the Boys still want to love Mandy Lane.

Through some rather obvious scheming, a group of guys (and girls) convince Mandy to join them on a weekend trip to one of their ranch houses. All is going as planned - drinks are drunk, drugs are taken (where were these weekends when I was in High school?) and Mandy is romanced by they guys. Even the handsome but mysterious ranch hand takes an interest in taking a ride down Mandy lane. Then people start dieing - and all hell breaks loose.

Director Jonathan Levine (50/50) does a great job with a somewhat flimsy script by first (and only) time scribe Jacob Forman. Levines use of color really makes the film stand out against other similar set films. Set in the middle of nowhere, its easy to get lost in a sea of yellows and browns, but Levine expands the movies color palate by incorporating many different colors into the film depending not only on setting but mood as well. It keeps the film visually interesting in places where the script drops the ball.

The acting is extremely good for a low budget ($750,000) horror film. Heard is outstanding as the is she or isn't she innocent ingenue. Even after the film is over, you're left wondering how someone so pure could involved in what the film becomes. Micheal Welch, of Twilight fame, is solid and almost unrecognizable as Emmet - the misguided love of Ms. Lane. The rest of the cast does a very good job filling their interesting (but stereotypical) roles. Particularly worth noting is Luke Grimes, who channels Cabin Fevers Joey Kern in his performance perfectly as the dickish kid who you can't wait to get what coming to him.

All The Boys Love Mandy Lane is a solid film. There are some issues with the end, but some people will dig it, even if I didn't. In a sea of terrible low budget horror films, Mandy Lane stands head and shoulders above most of them.

*** stars out of 5

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