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

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Though wealthy, sultry teenager Mini (Nikki Reed) lives with the neglect of a mother (Carrie-Anne Moss) who drinks too much and cares too little, Mini tries to fill her empty life by always seeking "firsts." Her latest achievement is a torrid affair with her stepfather, Martin (Alec Baldwin), which escalates out of control and leaves her mother dead. Mini and Martin think they have gotten away with murder, but a nosy neighbor and a detective (Luke Wilson) may expose their plot.

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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 | Rating: 1.5/5
  • 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 | Rating: 1/4
  • 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 | Rating: 3/4
  • Mini has a cleverly devious wrap-around ending, but you have been warned: It's twisted.

    July 14, 2006 | Rating: 3/4
  • 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 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
  • Guthe is so anxious to show us what a larcenous tramp Mini is that he never shows us any other sides to her. We have her pegged from the get-go, even if no one in the movie does.

    July 14, 2006 | Rating: C | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Mini's First Time

  • Mar 17, 2009
    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.
    Lea L Super Reviewer
  • Nov 08, 2008
    This movie is extremely twisted. Normally I like this type of movie, but this one was just bad. Lots of good actors, but it fell short somewhere.
    Erin C Super Reviewer
  • Jan 20, 2008
    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!
    Nicki M Super Reviewer
  • Sep 14, 2007
    [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] [font=Century Gothic][/font] [font=Century Gothic][/font] [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] [font=Century Gothic][/font] [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]
    Walter M Super Reviewer

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