All the Boys Love Mandy Lane ★★½

"let's just be friends."

a neat little film about the proprietary thrall of the male gaze, self-sabotaged by its conviction that it's a slasher. a nice soundtrack, style to burn and amber heard has all the right moves, but the half-assed blood antics distract from the uncommonly nuanced power dynamics... in light of recent events, the gun stuff towards the end is imbued with a terror all of its own. pre-credit sequence displays Levine's aptitude for character-based tension, which then promptly disappears.