My First Mister (2002)



Critic Consensus: Though well-acted, My First Mister succumbs to contrived sentimentality in its last half.

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Two people with seemingly nothing in common forge an unusual friendship in this comedy drama that marks the feature-length directorial debut of actress Christine Lahti. Jennifer (Leelee Sobieski) is a teenager in her last year of high school who feels cut off from the world around her. She uses black clothes, body modification, and a defiant attitude as a way of keeping the world at bay, but at heart she feels unattractive and unloved, while her parents -- cheerfully oblivious Mother (Carol … More

Rating: R (for language and some sexual material)
Genre: Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Jill Franklyn
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On DVD: Apr 23, 2002
Paramount Classics - Official Site


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Critic Reviews for My First Mister

All Critics (88) | Top Critics (29)

Sobieski's performance in this role pretty much kills off the film.

October 25, 2001
Orlando Sentinel
Top Critic

Franklin's gooey, implausible script is too ridiculous to support unexpected bouts of sincerity, and the darkness is seldom as profound as it should be.

Full Review… | October 25, 2001
Top Critic

Offbeat friendship is provocative, dark, but sweet.

Full Review… | April 1, 2015
Common Sense Media

Terrible script, terrible plot, clichés and plot holes galore...

Full Review… | April 29, 2009
Cinema Crazed

The actors earn the couple of salty drops you may shed at the end -- the script sure doesn't.

Full Review… | August 25, 2008

Actress Lahti's feature directorial debut is a disappointingly sappy melodrama about the unlikely bond between a rebebllious high-school grad (Leelee Sobieski) and a dying older man (Albert Brooks).

Full Review… | January 29, 2007

Audience Reviews for My First Mister


Simply stated, this was a wonderful discovery. The movie boasts a cast who played off of each other effortlessly, and believably. It was poignant, and timeless. I loved this movie,

Cynthia S.

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My type of movie - people (in this case a Goth chick and a dress salesman) listening to each other and growing emotionally.

Red Lats

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I little weird. The acting was there but the story was a little slow and off.

Jason Spencer

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