My First Mister (2002) - Rotten Tomatoes

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 Kane) and often-absent Benjamin (John Goodman) -- have no idea of how to communicate with her. One day Jennifer happens by a men's clothing store run by stuffy, middle-aged Randall (Albert Brooks); at first she makes fun of him, and he seems bemused by her, but she ends up asking for a job, and Randall gives her part-time work helping out in the stockroom. While Randall's strait-laced style is a 180-degree turn from Jennifer's goth-grunge persona, they soon learn they both have their share of problems with self-image and share a desperate need to be loved. Soon, "R" and "J" (as they like to call each other) have become fast friends, as she encourages him to take chances and try new experiences, and he tries to show her how to let down the walls she's built around herself and allow others to get to know the real Jennifer. My First Mister also features Mary Kay Place, Michael McKean, and Desmond Harrington.more
Rating: R (for language and some sexual material)
Genre: Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Jill Franklyn
In Theaters:
On DVD: Apr 23, 2002
Paramount Classics - Official Site


Carol Kane
as Sylvie
Rutanya Alda
as Woman at Apartment
Gary Bullock
as Mr. Smithman
Nic Costa
as Blaine
Natasha Braisewell
as Girl in Vintage
John Goodman
as Benjamin
Shawn Huff
as Woman at R's Store
Lorna Scott
as Woman in Store
Chris Wylde
as Coffee House Waiter
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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.

Super Reviewer


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

Red Lats

Super Reviewer

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

Jason Spencer

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