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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 overview, first billed only:
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Jack Taylor - Salesman
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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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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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 USA:

$102,456, 14 October 2001, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$621,377, 21 April 2002
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2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


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 talking to Randy from her car after first meeting him, the door is open from his point of view but closed from hers. See more »


Randall ("R"): I'm old, I'm George Burns.
Jennifer ("J"): Who's George Burns?
Randall ("R"): I'm Uncle Fester, I'm Andy of Mayberry, I'm Mr. Roper, I'm Grandpa Munster.
Jennifer ("J"): Okay, okay, I get it.
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References Three's Company (1976) See more »


Bell, Book and Candle
Written by Boo Hewerdine
Performed by Eddi Reader
Courtesy of Blanco Y Negro/Warner Music U.K. Ltd.
By arrangement of Warner Special Products"
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first hour is highly enjoyable
29 April 2002 | by See all my reviews

I think the first hour of this film is the most enjoyable thing I've seen in a long time. Great plot, characters and acting. Sobieski and Brooks make their characters real people, not stereotypes.

The last 45 minutes are a little melodramatic for my tastes, but by that time I was so invested in the characters, I stuck with the film. The ending is a little ambiguous, which seems much more plausible than a typical "Hollywood ending".

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