The First Time Reviews
Weaknesses: This is, in no way, an original concept. There are countless movies discussing teen love and what sex can ultimately do to that relationship. There is some talent in the film that feels a bit underutilized, like Christine Taylor (Mrs. Miller) and LaMarcus Tinker (Big Corporation). It also felt like Aubrey's boyfriend Ronny (James Frechville) was too much of a stereotype. The story might've been more compelling if he wasn't so easy to root against and was more layered/less cliché. Lastly, there's also a lack of believability in how quickly everything seems to happen in this movie.
Overall: I know there are people who find wall to wall dialogue and facial features to be boring, but it all works here. There are so many scenes of just Aubrey and Dave talking, yet their chemistry and performances are so real, you buy into it all. This is a sweet, engaging tale led by strong acting. I'm a sucker for a good love story.
The score was perfect, admittedly. Every scene was instrumented perfectly to fit the mood and I would listen to all of these songs on their own. The lighting was very manufactured-there seemed to be little to no effort in making that effect seem realistic.
If you watch the movie, feel free to stop at 56:31. There's no advances in the storyline, really. The entire story is predictable, though it's humorous and relatable, which captures the viewer. The pace the movie went at was inconsistent: slow, fast, slow, medium, slow, fast. It wasn't a rollercoaster of emotions, but more a rollercoaster of "what is happening?"
I'd also like to point out that this is a very feminine movie. Aubrey (Britt Robinson) is portrayed to be the main character, but co-star Dylan O'Brien's character Dave, I personnaly see, as the main character.
I'd like to recommend the slogan of this movie be "Debatable, but relatable."
I immediately watched it a second tim and Britt Robertson gave such a great performance fighting her normal tendencie in a direct and very romantic way. I found it great that the lead guy knew he wanted her from the very beginning and became mostly the one who you never doubted his love of her. The bad sex part was only one of innumberable obstacles they had to overcome. It was not a major part of the 'falling in love' story. I found this movie to be very true with how people fall in love in real life. I LOVED EVERY SECOND OF THIS FILM!