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All the Boys Love Mandy Lane is a slasher movie that was made in 2006, first released in Britain in 2008, and finally got a limited theatrical release in the U.S. in October 2013, after seven years in Development Hell.

Mandy Lane (Amber Heard) is the most beautiful girl in her school, and all of her male classmates want to sleep with her, even though all indications are that she wants nothing to do with them. One of her classmates, an arrogant football player named Dylan, goes so far as to try to jump off the roof of a house into a swimming pool in order to win her love. Dylan winds up banging his head on the side of the pool and killing himself.

Fast forward nine months, where Red (Aaron Himelstein), the Big Man on Campus, is throwing a party at his parents' ranch, and all the cool kids are invited... especially Mandy. Unfortunately for the partygoers, somebody has come to the ranch uninvited, and he has his sights set on winning the heart of the beautiful Mandy Lane... no matter who gets in his way.

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This film contains examples of the following tropes:

  • Alpha Bitch: Chloe.
  • Ambiguously Bi: Chloe is interested in Garth, and is heavily implied to be into Mandy as well.
  • Ambiguously Gay: Mandy. She's athletic, she doesn't seem attracted to any of the guys in school despite all their best efforts, and her scenes with Chloe are possibly the only moments where she appears to be sexually attracted to another character. And of course, there's the Reality Subtext with Heard as Mandy... This would make the movie a rather interesting aversion of Bury Your Gays.
  • Big Bad: Mandy Lane herself is responsible for the murders.
  • Big Man on Campus: Red.
  • Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: Mandy, as it turns out, was in on the murders the whole time.
  • Black Best Friend: Bird. However, he avoids being an Ethnic Scrappy — the only reference to his ethnicity is when a girl asks him whether it's true what they say about black men, and his speech isn't peppered with street slang.
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  • Black Dude Dies First: Played with, then subverted. When the power goes out, Red sends Bird out to turn on the generator. An experienced viewer would expect this to be his death sentence, but all that comes of it is a conversation between him and Garth. Ultimately, Marlin and Jake both wind up biting it before him. However, when he does die, it's one of the most gruesome deaths in the film.
  • Cerebus Call Back: The flashback at the very end.
  • Cowboy: Garth.
  • Creator Cameo:
    • Film's producers appear as football coaches.
    • And later the film's writer and production designer appear as fireworks salesmen.
  • Cruel and Unusual Death:
    • Marlin has a shotgun stuffed in her mouth and fired, disfiguring her mouth. That doesn't kill her, and Emmet uses her as bait to kill Jake. Once Jake is dead, she is finally killed by a brutal whack upside the head with the same shotgun.
    • Bird has his eyes slashed by Emmet, who allows him to crawl a few feet away while taunting him, before slowly stabbing him to death.
  • Death by Sex: Marlin. Just minutes after she gives a blowjob to Jake, she gets a shotgun barrel shoved down her throat.
  • Developing Doomed Characters: It took about 20 minutes before any killing starts.
  • Dirty Coward: Mandy, obviously. Backing out of the Suicide Pact at the last minute and then calling for help really cements her as this.
  • Does This Remind You of Anything?: The scene wherein Mandy murders Chloe is heavily sexualized.
  • Everything Is Big in Texas: A ranch? Check. A working cowboy (named Garth)? Check. Reckless use of guns and fireworks? Check. Filmed in Texas? You bet.
  • Eye Scream: Bird gets slashed across the eyes, blinding him before he gets stabbed repeatedly. While he's blinded, Emmet taunts him, asking him where he is.
  • Fake Boobs: Chloe wears a padded bra in order to make her breasts look larger than they really are.
  • Final Girl: Mandy. Pure and innocent. Subverted when it's revealed that she was in on the murders, and double subverted when she turns against the other killer Emmet, allowing her to be the Final Girl after all.
  • Genre Throwback: To gritty '80s slashers.
  • Hollywood Pudgy: Marlin. But then again, the only person who says she's fat is Chloe. invoked
    Chloe: Marlin, don't get me wrong, but you're all pudge. That thing [her new belly button piercing]'s gonna get lost in the folds.
    Marlin: I'm not fat.
  • Incorruptible Pure Pureness: Mandy gives off these vibes at the beginning of the film...
  • Informed Attractiveness: Mandy is lusted over by every guy in school, but she's no standout among the other attractive girls in the cast. Though this may also be a case of simply wanting what you can't have.
  • Lovable Jock: Bird. He's just as cocky as Jake and Red, and as insistent on getting into Mandy's pants, but he does have some moments where he seems worried about her during the party.
  • Jerk Jock: Dylan.
  • Karma Houdini: Mandy, the film's Villain Protagonist. Not only does she survive, but Garth credits her with saving them both... completely unaware that she set the entire thing up.

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