The First Time
Director: Jon Kasdan
Writer: Jon Kasdan
Cast: Dylan O’Brien, Britt Robertson, Craig Roberts, Lamarcus Tinker, Victoria Justice, James Frecheville, Joshua Malina, Christine Taylor, Molly C. Quinn
Dave (Dylan O’Brien) and Aubrey (Britt Robertson) meet at a party. Even though Aubrey has a boyfriend and Dave is desperately trying to let Jane (Britt Robertson) know that he’s been in love with her for years, the two of them have an instant connection. A connection that will quickly change things for both of them in the course of a single weekend.
The First Time was really sweet. It wasn’t a great masterpiece of cinema, but it was fun, enjoyable and despite a couple of clichés, it did give us a different perspective on teenagers in love than we usually get.
At the beginning of the film I was convinced that this was going to be a pretty run-of-the-mill teen first time comedy thingy. The characters were stereotypes, though Aubrey was particularly annoying and Dave was particularly charming. And the film doesn’t deviate far from the usual fare, but it does deviate and in pretty interesting ways.
Firstly, it does show a first time that isn’t magically beautiful (usually in this film, being in love is the best lubricant and works to make the first sex fantastic against all odds) and it shows how the wrong expectations can screw things up (though I admit that the drama was a bit much towards the end).
Secondly I thought that the way Dave’s and Jane’s relationship was rather interesting. On paper it doesn’t seem like anything we haven’t seen before – Jane, the popular girl who always dates the jocks, and Dave, the nerdy guy, who is her best friend but secretly wants more. But then Jane gets to have heartaches and feelings and Dave can remove himself from the relationship dynamic by setting his limits without being too hurtful. Liked that.
Apart from that, the movie was not that special though it did have a good sense of humor and a good lead in Dylan O’Brien who made that humor work.
Summarising: If you’re in the mood for a teen romance, this is a sweet choice.