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My First Mister (2001)

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



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Woman at Apartment
Natasha Braisewell ...
Girl in Vintage
Randall - 'R'
Jack Taylor - Salesman
Mr. Smithman
Nic Costa ...
Blaine - Surfer Boy
William Forward ...
Woman at R's Store
Mrs. Benson
Chadwick Palmatier ...


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 <>

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Mismatched. Misguided. Unmistakably friends. See more »


Comedy | Drama | Romance

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

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Release Date:

26 October 2001 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Educando a J.  »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend:

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


$621,377 (USA) (19 April 2002)

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2.35 : 1
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Leelee Sobieski's character, Jennifer, has a number of facial piercings, and cartilage piercings in both ears, but does not have her earlobes pierced - to which a reference is made in the movie. At the time the movie was made, Leelee herself did not have pierced earlobes, as she did not have them done until 2006. Specially for her part in this movie, she did, however, have both nostrils, both eyebrows and her lip pierced, along with the cartilage of both ears. After filming was completed, she removed the piercings and allowed them to close up again, but kept the jewelry as a souvenir of the movie. See more »


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 »


Randall ("R"): [on his deathbead] I want you to go to college. It's really important, okay?
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Randall ("R"): Yes.
Randy Harris, Jr.: What did you learn?
Randall ("R"): Give me a second, I'll think of it.
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References Shaft (1971) See more »


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Sweet movie - BAD title!!
3 April 2005 | by (California) – See all my reviews

This movie is very cool if you like alternative, angst ridden teenagers trying to do good. The title is awfully deceptive because there is nothing illegitimate about the "older guy - younger girl" relationship at all - here's a short synopsis: Alternative goth chick meets conservative store manager. Neither of them have a life outside of work so they slowly learn to hang out together. The rest kind of falls into place as they see how "the other half" lives, and make each other better people. Great movie to watch with your parents (no drugs or sex) and sweet for an pick-me-up kind of movie. The soundtrack is cool too - it has the great older tunes like Sinatra and such - along with some Marilyn Manson and then some reggae as well.

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