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The First Time (2012)



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Dave, a high school senior, spends most of his time pining away over a girl he can't have. Aubrey, a junior with artistic aspirations, has a hot boyfriend who doesn't quite understand her or seem to care. Although they go to different schools, Dave and Aubrey find themselves at the same party. When both head outside to get some air, they meet. A casual conversation sparks an instant connection, and, over the course of a weekend, things turn magical, romantic, complicated, and funny as Aubrey and Dave discover what it's like to fall in love for the first time. -- (C) Official Sitemore
Rating: PG-13 (for mature thematic elements involving teen sexuality, partying, and language)
Genre: Drama
Directed By:
Written By: Jon Kasdan
In Theaters:
On DVD: Mar 12, 2013
Box Office: $17.1k
Samuel Goldwyn Films - Official Site


Britt Robertson
as Aubrey Miller
Dylan O'Brien
as Dan Hodgman
Victoria Justice
as Jane Harmon
Craig Robertson
as Simon Daldry
Christine Taylor
as Aubrey's Mom
Joshua Malina
as Aubrey's Dad
LaMarcus Tinker
as Big Corporation
Halston Sage
as Brianna
Craig Roberts
as Simon Daldry
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Critic Reviews for The First Time

All Critics (17) | Top Critics (9)

It's a hard movie to dislike. But try.

Full Review… | October 19, 2012
Newark Star-Ledger
Top Critic

There is much to like here, a sense of nuance and nonjudgmental emotional openness, yet Kasdan's teenage miniaturism never quite blooms.

Full Review… | October 19, 2012
Los Angeles Times
Top Critic

[An] inoffensive but bland ode to the talky high school movies of John Hughes and Cameron Crowe.

Full Review… | October 19, 2012
New York Post
Top Critic

No gratuitous raunchiness here and only a few tired caricatures in a genre usually jammed with them.

Full Review… | October 18, 2012
New York Times
Top Critic

Something of a wonder, a palm-size ball of banter and irony and earnestness that never stops rolling and almost never misses the sweet spots.

Full Review… | October 16, 2012
Village Voice
Top Critic

Writer-director Jonathan Kasdan can't even bother to satisfy the buildup with a real moment of consummation (welcome to the fade to black) or believable postcoital complications.

Full Review… | October 16, 2012
Time Out
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for The First Time


Driven by the vibrant chemistry between Dylan O'brien and Brit Robertson, "The First Time" is the type of film that will only attract a certain audience, and I am happy to say that I am a part of that audience. I really enjoyed this picture. Based around two individuals whom are both dealing with feelings of another person, cross paths and become hopelessly infatuated with each other. Yes, you will probably guess exactly where the film is going by the end, but the actors make you not care about any of the cliches, and it almost makes for a completely fresh indie romance. It has just enough depth in it's script to earn multiple viewings. By the end of the film I had felt like I spent a weekend with these two characters and I admire films that are able to pull that off well. I will say that it is very basic point and shoot filmmaking, however, that is not the focus, so that aspect is easy to accept. This film is all about the build up to whether or not they will go through with their feelings and whether or not they will go all the way, but that was the least interesting aspect to me. This was a very solid film for different reasons. I won't be screaming to the skies about it, but I will definitely recommend this film. Very very enjoyable.

KJ Proulx
KJ Proulx

Super Reviewer

Very sweet movie, and one of the more realistic portrayals of young love I've ever seen on screen. It's not a movie where a lot happens, but the characters actions actually make sense...unlike most teen movies. Definitely chick flicky, but I get in the mood for those every now and then.

Cynthia S.

Super Reviewer

The First Time is an honest look at teenagers falling in love and having sex for the first time. The awkward before and after. I really liked the two leads. I thought their performances were cute and genuine. For those who had their "first time" as a teen will probably be able to relate to this film. Well I guess firsts times are awkward no matter what age you are. I'm usually not a fan of most romantic comedies. But I like this one. Aubrey reminds me of myself at that age. So the film was relatable for me. The movie is charming and funny. It's not the typical dumb teenage flick that are so often made. This one is well written and directed. I would see this again.


Super Reviewer

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