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The First Time (2012)



Average Rating: 5.1/10
Critic Reviews: 9
Fresh: 3 | Rotten: 6

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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



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Mar 12, 2013


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All Critics (17) | Top Critics (9) | Fresh (8) | Rotten (9)

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

October 19, 2012 Full Review Source: Newark Star-Ledger
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There is much to like here, a sense of nuance and nonjudgmental emotional openness, yet Kasdan's teenage miniaturism never quite blooms.

October 19, 2012 Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times
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[An] inoffensive but bland ode to the talky high school movies of John Hughes and Cameron Crowe.

October 19, 2012 Full Review Source: New York Post
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No gratuitous raunchiness here and only a few tired caricatures in a genre usually jammed with them.

October 18, 2012 Full Review Source: New York Times
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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.

October 16, 2012 Full Review Source: Village Voice
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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.

October 16, 2012 Full Review Source: Time Out New York
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I'm going to give it a seven because of the two stars. They're so darned likable that they make the film's shortcomings seem unimportant.

March 12, 2013 Full Review Source: Movie Metropolis
Movie Metropolis

For a film that's treading the same territory as American Pie, The First Time lends a bit of dignity to the first time.

October 26, 2012 Full Review Source: Paste Magazine
Paste Magazine

when it comes to insight into being a teen in this day an age, or any of the other traits that set the best high school movies apart, The First Time comes up empty.

October 20, 2012 Full Review Source: amNewYork

Frank-but-approachable romcom about teens and sex.

October 19, 2012 Full Review Source: Common Sense Media
Common Sense Media

This comedy about two teens losing their virginity aims for hilarity but instead achieves ho-hum status.

October 19, 2012 Full Review Source: Film Journal International
Film Journal International

An exploration of the high expectations, fears, and fantasies surrounding the act of losing your virginity.

October 18, 2012 Full Review Source: Spirituality and Practice
Spirituality and Practice

A maturity and emotional intelligence not usually associated with the genre. Don't let it get lost among the louder, shinier releases of the movie weekend.

October 17, 2012 Full Review Source: Hollywood & Fine
Hollywood & Fine

Sex and love are both novel experiences for two high schoolers in this talky affair that suggests a hybrid of Before Sunset and Some Kind of Wonderful.

October 14, 2012 Full Review Source: Slant Magazine
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Audience Reviews for The First Time

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.
December 2, 2013

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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.
March 17, 2013

Super Reviewer

In "The First Time," Dave(Dylan O'Brien) is working up the nerve to tell his friend Jane(Victoria Justice) his true feelings about her when he meets Aubrey(Britt Robertson) outside of a party. As they are getting to know each other, they are rudely interrupted by the police who show up to break up the party. Finding shelter at Aubrey's home, they fall asleep in her bedroom before Dave spills wine on her carpet in his hurried attempt to escape out of her second floor window the following morning. In the confusion, he does not get her phone number but rectifies that soon enough, as he arranges to meet Aubrey and her boyfriend Ronny(James Frecheville) at a local multiplex.

Starting with its ambitious and extended theatrical opening sequence, "The First Time" gets right the awkwardness of teenagers in all of its glory, expressed well by its likable cast. Plus, the vinyl is a nice touch.(And if there is not a band called "The Joan Cusack Experience," then there definitely should be.) But as many details as the movie gets right, others don't ring as true.(If in doubt, always go for the Almodovar movie, by the way.) Namely, the fact that Ronny is a few years older than Aubrey should be a matter of concern to someone.
August 22, 2014
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    1. Dave Hodgman: I wish I could go back to the beginning.
    – Submitted by Kaye E (15 months ago)
    1. Aubrey Miller: Why are you smiling?
    2. Dave Hodgman: You dig me.
    – Submitted by Lucas M (18 months ago)
    1. Aubrey Miller: And as far as what you said before about wanting to keep talking, I'm obviously totally into that. But I would also like to work on the sex thing.
    2. Dave Hodgman: Definitely, we can definitely work on the sex thing
    – Submitted by Lucas M (18 months ago)
    1. Aubrey Miller: Which one am I? The virgin or the skank?
    2. Dave Hodgman: I've never met anybody like you before.
    3. Aubrey Miller: That's a pretty good answer.
    – Submitted by James K (18 months ago)
    1. Aubrey Miller: The virgin and the skank, a tale as old as time.
    – Submitted by James K (18 months ago)
    1. Dave Hodgman: It's true, I mean the sound quality is really way better than download.
    2. Aubrey Miller: Not really
    3. Dave Hodgman: Oh, then why?
    4. Aubrey Miller: I don't know, I just like the idea of it. A record collection. Most of them are my dads.
    – Submitted by James K (18 months ago)
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