• R, 1 hr. 31 min.
  • Drama, Comedy
  • Directed By:
    Nick Guthe
    In Theaters:
    Jul 14, 2006 Wide
    On DVD:
    Oct 24, 2006
  • First Independent Pictures

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Mini's First Time Reviews

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Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press

The characters in Mini are played by fine performers (Alec Baldwin, Jeff Goldblum, Carrie-Anne Moss), but they're still one-note.

Full Review Source: St. Paul Pioneer Press | Original Score: 2/4

September 7, 2006
Nick Schager
Slant Magazine

A cheeky neo-noir that updates Double Indemnity for the high school set, Mini's First Time trades in black humor so dim you'd need a flashlight to find it.

Full Review Source: Slant Magazine | Original Score: 1.5/4

June 27, 2006
Manohla Dargis
New York Times
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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.

| Original Score: 1.5/5

July 14, 2006
Brent Simon
FilmStew.com

Touches fleetingly on an interesting phenomenon - namely, the manner in which a father's advances simultaneously disgust and enthrall his teenage stepdaughter.

Full Review Source: FilmStew.com

August 31, 2006
Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
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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.

Full Review Source: Newark Star-Ledger | Original Score: 1/4

July 14, 2006
Chris Cabin
Filmcritic.com

a bloated waste of time and money... an unequivocal low.

Full Review Source: Filmcritic.com | Original Score: 1/5

July 13, 2006
James C. Taylor
L.A. Weekly
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Mini is too tame for Skina-max and too inane to survive on the art-house circuit. It's a pretentious erotic thriller that gives honest trash a bad name.

Full Review Source: L.A. Weekly

July 13, 2006
Robert Abele
Los Angeles Times
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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.

Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times | Original Score: 2/5

July 14, 2006
Luke Y. Thompson
Village Voice
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Mini is impossible to like, especially since she delivers some of the worst narration ever spoken, and her final lines are like a big middle finger to viewers foolish enough to enjoy the film.

Full Review Source: Village Voice

July 11, 2006
Frank Scheck
Hollywood Reporter
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Mini's First Time unfortunately degenerates into a sexed-up version of a Law & Order episode.

June 24, 2006
Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor
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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.

Full Review Source: Christian Science Monitor | Original Score: C

July 14, 2006
Bob Strauss
Los Angeles Daily News

It's a bad, preposterous and horrifyingly cliched black comedy about a girl gone wicked.

Full Review Source: Los Angeles Daily News | Original Score: 1.5/4

July 14, 2006
Jeff Vice
Deseret News, Salt Lake City

It doesn't help that first-time screenwriter/director Nick Guthe created such a superficial group of characters. Few, if any, seem believable or are interesting enough to care about.

Full Review Source: Deseret News, Salt Lake City | Original Score: 2/4

October 13, 2006
Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
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Mini's First Time is Bret Easton Ellis territory with palm trees, explored by smarmy blunderers.

Full Review Source: Wall Street Journal

July 13, 2006
Scott Nash
Three Movie Buffs

Trashy but fun, Mini's First Time is like one of those paperback books you might take to the beach. You don't brag about having read it, but you enjoy every page.

Full Review Source: Three Movie Buffs | Original Score: 3/4

July 18, 2006
Kyle Smith
New York Post
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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.

| Original Score: 3/4

July 14, 2006
John Anderson
Variety
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Part of Mini's charm... may be in its single-minded devotion to the utterly depraved and comically debauched.

Full Review Source: Variety

June 24, 2006
John Anderson
Newsday
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A comedy that's a mix of Mean Girls, Mamet and Mephistopheles.

Full Review Source: Newsday | Original Score: 3/4

July 13, 2006
Jack Mathews
New York Daily News
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Mini has a cleverly devious wrap-around ending, but you have been warned: It's twisted.

Full Review Source: New York Daily News | Original Score: 3/4

July 14, 2006
Gary Goldstein
Reel.com

The director has created a stylish spoof filled with some razor-sharp dialogue and truly wild, original moments.

| Original Score: 3/4

July 14, 2006
Brent Simon
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