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It's a hard movie to dislike. But try.
There is much to like here, a sense of nuance and nonjudgmental emotional openness, yet Kasdan's teenage miniaturism never quite blooms.
[An] inoffensive but bland ode to the talky high school movies of John Hughes and Cameron Crowe.
No gratuitous raunchiness here and only a few tired caricatures in a genre usually jammed with them.
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.
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.
The First Time isn't a groundbreaking film about teenage love, but it's cute and funny, and may spark good feelings of nostalgia for your high school years, even if you, like Aubrey, couldn't wait to get out of there.
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.
For a film that's treading the same territory as American Pie, The First Time lends a bit of dignity to the first time.
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.
Frank-but-approachable romcom about teens and sex.
This comedy about two teens losing their virginity aims for hilarity but instead achieves ho-hum status.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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