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Amber Heard plays Mandy Lane, the beautiful “nice girl” who is the object of everyone’s affection at her high school, including her best friend Emmett (Michael Welch). Early in the film – we see him commit a vicious act of cruelty against a classmate that destroys his friendship with Mandy.
The following year, it becomes evident that she has abandoned him in favor of hanging out with her new group of friends – Chloe (Whitney Able), Bird (Edwin Hodge), Red (Aaron Himelstein), Jake (Luke Grimes), and Marlin (Melissa Price).
It’s funny because she doesn’t really seem to like them either. However, when they invite her to a weekend party at a secluded ranch, she reluctantly accepts, signaling the beginning of the horror.
As an obligatory element of the genre, the first victim of the group must always wander off by him or herself… thus making it very easy for the killer to start his murderous rampage. There’s nothing different here. Another requisite of teen slasher flicks is at least one sex scene during which one, or both participants meet their demise. Same thing here.
It’s not until midway through the film that something very out of the ordinary happens.
We see the killer.
Already? Yeah, that’s what I thought too.
The reason for this will be explained during the final act – at which time, another big twist is introduced, followed by one or two more.
“All the Boys Love Mandy Lane” isn’t a bad film. In fact, it starts off very promising, but unfortunately goes slowly downhill from there. However, the twist is very unpredictable, it does star the delightful Amber Heard, which is a very good excuse to check it out.
The film was made in 2006, but not released until September, 2013. It was just added to Netflix streaming and is also available on DVD, Blu-ray, and Amazon instant video.