All the Boys Love Mandy Lane
You may be watching All the Boys Love Mandy Lane thinking: Wow, Amber Heard and Anson Mount are sure aging well. I mean, sure, they are both gorgeous, but they look like they have dropped about a decade just since their recent appearances in Paranoia and Hell on Wheels.
The truth of the matter is that they haven’t gotten younger, the movie they are in has gotten old.
All the Boys Love Mandy Lane is actually kind of a well-known property around Hollywood. It was filmed, with a certain amount of fanfare, back in 2005-2006. Since then, a series of delays, which include legal wranglings, changing studios and executive timidity, have forced delay after delay after delay upon the film’s release date. Weeks became months, months became years.
It eventually became something of a white whale in Hollywood. With so many missed release opportunities and the film’s pedigree lingering farther and farther in the rear view mirror, the accepted wisdom was that Mandy Lane would never see the light of day and become a somewhat legendary (using the term loosely) unreleased film.
Yet, when everyone had pretty much given up hope on virginal hottie Mandy Lane and her slightly creepy friends ever getting a release in the US (it’s long been available on video in other countries), fortunes changed and the film was quietly slipped into theaters earlier this year.
The popularity of Heard, who plays the title role and has become a b-movie it-girl as well as Johnny Depp’s mega-hot girlfriend probably greased the wheels a bit. Mount’s respected work on the hit AMC western series Hell on Wheels probably didn’t hurt, either. Also, director Jonathan Levine has since made something of a hipster name for himself by helming The Wackness, 50/50 and Warm Bodies since doing Mandy.
Now, a few months later, All the Boys Love Mandy Lane is getting its long-delayed video launch.
So, seven years after the film was finished, the big question seems pretty obvious. Was it worth the wait?
The short answer is no, probably not. However that declaration comes with certain provisos.
All the Boys Love Mandy Lane is a pretty boilerplate horror film about a group of gorgeous teens getting knocked off one-by-one by a mysterious stalker at a secluded ranch house.