Jonathan Levine’s All the Boys Love Mandy Lane has finally gotten a release Stateside after what felt like an eternity. Now that horror fans can get their hands on Levine’s teenage slasher, will it live up to the hype? There’s a lot of things that All the Boys Love Mandy Lane tries to do right but it unfortunately falls under a curtain of cliches and terrible characters that it ends up digging its own grave that only gets deeper and deeper as the movie goes on. The film follows a group of high-schoolers who invite Mandy Lane, “a good girl” who becomes the object of everyone’s affection after returning from summer break, to a weekend party on a secluded ranch. While the festivities rage on, the number of revelers begins to mysteriously drop one at a time.
All the Boys Love Mandy Lane had some solid ideas going into its story but it suffers from trying way too hard to be a horror film instead of just trying to set itself apart from the rest. Other than the ending, which was a decent enough twist, everything else is in the film is so mediocre it hurts. From the cast of teenage douchebags to girls falling down for no reason while being pursued by their eventual killer, All the Boys Love Mandy Lane is so cliche that it almost feels like they did it on purpose. Anytime I hear a character in a horror movie say, “C’mon [insert name here], this isn’t funny anymore!”, I cringe. It’s just so damn typical that it hurts my brain, and All the Boys Love Mandy Lane is littered with moments like that.
I really wanted to love this one, especially after such a long wait, but damn was it hard to find anything to really enjoy about it. Even the characters in the film left a lot to be desired. I spent just as much time in high school as everyone else and I never once met a single person act half as full of shit as these characters. They are so unbelievable that instead of caring about them, you just hope for their death as soon as possible so you don’t have to see them anymore.
And the final nail in Mandy Lane’s coffin was the uninspiring kills that the film had to offer. You see plenty of people bite the dust but none of them go in any way that’s even remotely exciting or intense. If you’re not seeing someone get shot, they are probably getting stabbed… and that’s about it. At the end of the day, All the Boys Love Mandy Lane is just the same old stuff we’ve all seen time and time again. It didn’t age very well and unfortunately wasn’t worth the long wait. The ending was surprising and a lot of fun but everything else was about as bland as it gets. And while this one may have been a dud in the horror genre, Levine has since gone on to direct some fantastic films and will no doubt lead one hell of a career.