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Mini's First Time (2006)

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54

Average Rating: 5.6/10
Reviews Counted: 28
Fresh: 15 | Rotten: 13

This black comedy wavers between sleaze and satire, without ever fully committing to either.

46

Average Rating: 5.1/10
Critic Reviews: 13
Fresh: 6 | Rotten: 7

This black comedy wavers between sleaze and satire, without ever fully committing to either.

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Average Rating: 3/5
User Ratings: 18,641

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Nick Guthe's darkly comic Mini's First Time stars Nikki Reed as the title character, a manipulative, highly sexualized teenager with parents who fail to offer much structure or guidance. Her stepfather (Alec Baldwin) is rich and dim, and her mother (Carrie-Anne Moss) leads a hard-partying lifestyle. As the relationship between Mini and her stepfather grows more twisted, criminal activity occurs. Luke Wilson appears as a detective investigating the situation, and Jeff Goldblum plays their wealthy

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Drama, Comedy

Nick Guthe

Oct 24, 2006

$21.8k

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A lethal joyride through the debauched lifestyles of L.A.'s glamour-industry elite.

September 7, 2006
Minneapolis Star Tribune
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Mini's First Time is delectably vulgar for 20 minutes or so, almost too bad to be true, but it soon loses its cheap-thrills appeal.

July 14, 2006
New York Times
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Mini's First Time is not about taking an honest look at adolescence. It's not even really about teens, or high-school life, or upper-class marriages. What it's about is an unpleasantly pervy adult male view of teenage girls.

July 14, 2006 Full Review Source: Newark Star-Ledger
Newark Star-Ledger
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Surrounded by all these pros, Reed more than holds her own: She has so much integrity about being amoral that she keeps the audience dangling between disgust and admiration.

July 14, 2006
New York Post
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Mini has a cleverly devious wrap-around ending, but you have been warned: It's twisted.

July 14, 2006 Full Review Source: New York Daily News
New York Daily News
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The swirl of bad girl shenanigans, Hollywood satire and noir-ish melodrama in Mini's First Time that was intended to make for an icy cocktail of prurience and moral insight tastes more like freezer burn instead.

July 14, 2006 Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times
Los Angeles Times
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It doesn't help that first-time screenwriter/director Nick Guthe created such a superficial group of characters. Few, if any, seem believable or are interesting enough to care about.

October 13, 2006 Full Review Source: Deseret News, Salt Lake City
Deseret News, Salt Lake City

The characters in Mini are played by fine performers (Alec Baldwin, Jeff Goldblum, Carrie-Anne Moss), but they're still one-note.

September 7, 2006 Full Review Source: St. Paul Pioneer Press
St. Paul Pioneer Press

Mini's First Time is a down-and-dirty exercise in depravity and debauchery; in other words, just the kind of plot that gets us to turn off the TV and head for the multiplex -- blue states and red states alike.

September 1, 2006 Full Review Source: The Cinema Source

Much of the film reeks of decadence and new money-the snazzy cars and clothes and the boxy, minimalist modern stone and glass interiors that are as cold as the characters themselves.

September 1, 2006 Full Review Source: Film Journal International
Film Journal International

Touches fleetingly on an interesting phenomenon - namely, the manner in which a father's advances simultaneously disgust and enthrall his teenage stepdaughter.

August 31, 2006 Full Review Source: FilmStew.com

Mini is a wonderful character, and she's the villain you simply can't help but root for, watching the dominoes fall where they must, and lets these yuppies self-destruct.

August 22, 2006 Full Review Source: Film Threat
Film Threat

Trashy but fun, Mini's First Time is like one of those paperback books you might take to the beach. You don't brag about having read it, but you enjoy every page.

July 18, 2006 Full Review Source: Three Movie Buffs
Three Movie Buffs

A deliciously evil black comedy that's sure to elicit lots of shameful giggles throughout.

July 15, 2006
Greenwich Village Gazette

Pitch-black and bound to offend anyone who's not on its wavelength, Nick Guthe's entertainingly slick debut is a mordantly funny slice of lust, crime and sleaze life set in the world of L.A.'s industry elite.

July 14, 2006 Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide
TV Guide's Movie Guide

The director has created a stylish spoof filled with some razor-sharp dialogue and truly wild, original moments.

July 14, 2006
Reel.com

It's a bad, preposterous and horrifyingly cliched black comedy about a girl gone wicked.

July 14, 2006 Full Review Source: Los Angeles Daily News
Los Angeles Daily News

a bloated waste of time and money... an unequivocal low.

July 13, 2006 Full Review Source: Filmcritic.com
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Audience Reviews for Mini's First Time

Very dark little story - I didn't expect too much from it, so I was pleasantly surprised. The plot is a little silly - a young teenage girl (Nikki Reed) gets her kicks by daring herself to do things (hence the "first" in the title). In this case it is prostitution, followed by sleeping with her stepfather (Alec Baldwin).
I personally am not the biggest fan of Nikki Reed on screen - I am sure she is a lovely person, but she's hard faced and she looks older than the characters she is playing (generally).
In this case, though, it kind of works because Mini is totally unredeemable. She is not a nice girl, and she does not have any revelation by the end that makes her change her ways. Yeah, you get that her mum had issues and she didn't have the most loving upbringing,but this girl is borderline psycho!
Enjoyable film if you don't pick at the flaws too much!
August 13, 2011
romy861

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An ok movie thats pretty predictable.
November 5, 2006
Godless

Super Reviewer

[font=Century Gothic]"Mini's First Time" starts with Mini(Nikki Reed) giving her speech as the first high school valedictorian with a C average. How she got there begins with her jumping out of her own birthday cake naked at her birthday party thrown by her dipsomaniac mother, Diane(Carrie-Anne Moss). To top that, Mini goes to work for an escort service where unbeknowst to him, she has sex with her stepfather, Martin(Alec Baldwin), a public relations executive. They have an affair and plot to drive Diane insane...[/font]
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[font=Century Gothic]"Mini's First Time" is a gleefully nasty black comedy without much of a conscience. And I mean that as a compliment. The movie is not terribly original but it succeeds more than any of its ilk, simply through pure attitude which is the only way to go here. A good cast helps including Luke Wilson and Jeff Goldblum. And Alec Baldwin has never been more relaxed.[/font]
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[font=Century Gothic]I would not suggest looking for a moral here but if you were, it is that maybe with adults like these, it is no wonder the kids are so screwed up. And birth control is definitely a good idea.[/font]
September 14, 2007
Harlequin68
Walter M.

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The performances are incredible. The twists and turns are a a blast. Definitely not a film for those who don't like dark comedy, but those with more sick, twisted senses of humor should love it.
January 29, 2011
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Lea Lea

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