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My First Mister (2001)

A 17-year-old girl has a troubled relationship with a 49-year-old man.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Woman at Apartment
Natasha Braisewell ...
Girl in Vintage
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Randall - 'R'
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Jack Taylor - Salesman
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Mr. Smithman
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Doctor
Nic Costa ...
Blaine - Surfer Boy
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Customer
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Benjamin
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Randy
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Woman at R's Store
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Mrs. Benson
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Bob
Chadwick Palmatier ...
Manager
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Bebe
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Storyline

Jennifer does not fit in. A total misfit, she's as wacky as a teenager can be. Goth-ed out with multiple piercings, tattoos, and dyed hair, she listens to strange music, watches vintage TV, eats primarily chocolate, and self injures. But now high school is over and she needs a job. Can she possibly have anything in common with the overweight middle-aged man in the haberdashery window? He gives her a job, not to mention a real friendship. Written by Martin Lewison <milst1@yahoo.com>

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Mismatched. Misguided. Unmistakably friends. See more »

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Comedy | Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language and some sexual material | See all certifications »

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26 October 2001 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Educando a J.  »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend:

$102,456 (USA) (12 October 2001)

Gross:

$621,377 (USA) (19 April 2002)
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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Michael McKean and 'Christine Lahti' worked together before. They were in rehearsals for a partly-improvised comedy film titled "Kiss the Bride." The project never came to the silver screen. It would have been directed by Bob Balaban. See more »

Goofs

When J is removing her piercings, she pulls out a safety pin from her nose that was never there in the first place. See more »

Quotes

Randall ("R"): Listen to me very carefully. I am not getting a fucking tattoo.
Jennifer ("J"): Oooh, you said the really bad word.
Randall ("R"): Yeah, I did. I am in fact the boy who cried fuck.
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Connections

References Three's Company (1976) See more »

Soundtracks

On Stage
(Utah Saints Mix) (2000)
Written by Antonia Jolly and Donna McConnell
Performed by She Rockers vs. Utah Saints
Used by Permission of Jive ElectroRecords
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Relationships are what matter most
28 January 2004 | by See all my reviews

When deliberating why one story will resonate within oneself over another, you have to be honest about your own perspective on the things that are truly important in life, and those things that are tossed out with the garbage.

While the relationship between J and R is hinted at being more than merely platonic, it is only implied. The far greater impact lies in the strength of two disparate individuals finding self-worth and importance in the existence of another who finds them attractive to be with.

An older man will always find flattering the attention of an attractive (much) younger female, even if he cannot relate to her point of view on life. It helps that J is written in as witty and intelligent vs. say, something from out of "Clueless".

It is somewhat less believable that a Gothic teenager would find an overweight, past middle-aged man attractive - except that the reason J finds R attractive has less to do with appearance and everything to do with the level of trust and respect he shows her after some initial verbal sparring, that really is quite believable. He affords her something that she simply is not expecting. You can imagine this happening.

Being accepted as you are and for who you are is the basis for all honest and lasting relationships. On this point the movie scores a bullseye.

LeeLee Sobieski is a real talent. Yes, she does look like Helen Hunt, but that is where the similarity ends.

Albert Brooks has always had a manner of delivering his lines as though he is making an appeal to his listener's better sense. He is a much under-appreciated comedic talent.

A high recommendation for "My First Mister".


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