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The First Time -- Dave is a high school senior who spends most of his time pining away over a girl he can’t have. Aubrey, a junior with artistic aspirations, has a hot boyfriend who doesn’t quite understand her or seem to care. Dave and Aubrey meet one night at a party, and a casual conversation sparks an instant connection.


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Writer (WGA):
Jon Kasdan (written by)
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Release Date:
7 February 2013 (Russia) See more »
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A shy senior and a down-to-earth junior fall in love over the weekend. | Full synopsis »
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Proves that teen romances can be sweet and charming See more (49 total) »


  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Britt Robertson ... Aubrey Miller

Dylan O'Brien ... Dave Hodgman

Craig Roberts ... Simon Daldry

Joshua Malina ... Aubrey's Dad

James Frecheville ... Ronny

Christine Taylor ... Aubrey's Mom

Victoria Justice ... Jane Harmon
Lamarcus Tinker ... Big Corporation

Maggie Elizabeth Jones ... Stella

Halston Sage ... Brianna

Molly C. Quinn ... Erica #1 (as Molly Quinn)

Matthew Fahey ... Brendan Meltzer

Chase Levy ... Himself
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Ben Beaune ... Party Guest (uncredited)
Corianna Di Julio ... Park Mom #1 (uncredited)
Geoffrey Freedman ... Party Guest (uncredited)

Victoria Hande ... Party Girl (uncredited)
Kash Kiefer ... Kissing couple (uncredited)

Christine Quynh Nguyen ... Erika #2 (uncredited)
Chandler Rabens ... Jilted Girlfriend (uncredited)

Adam G. Sevani ... Wurtzheimer Guy (uncredited)

Directed by
Jon Kasdan  (as Jonathan Kasdan)
Writing credits
(WGA) (in alphabetical order)
Jon Kasdan  written by (as Jonathan Kasdan)

Produced by
Carol Fuchs .... executive producer
Liz Glotzer .... producer
Liah Kim .... executive producer
O'Shea Read .... associate producer
Martin Shafer .... producer
Original Music by
Alec Puro 
Cinematography by
Rhet Bear (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Hugh Ross 
Casting by
Anya Colloff 
Amy McIntyre Britt 
Production Design by
Keith P. Cunningham  (as Keith Cunningham)
Set Decoration by
Lisa K. Sessions 
Costume Design by
Michele Posch 
Makeup Department
Noa Bolozky .... makeup department head
Cheryl Marks .... hair department head
Production Management
Anna Harari .... production supervisor
Alexander J. Moon .... unit production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Gavin Kleintop .... second assistant director
Mark Trapenberg .... first assistant director
Art Department
Will Blount .... property master
Joseph Feld .... set designer
Robert Fure .... set dresser
Bart C. Hubenthal .... on set dresser
Dana McCall .... assistant property master
Freddy Waff .... lead man
Raymond Waff .... set dresser
Sound Department
Douglas Axtell .... sound mixer
Greg Cosh .... utility boom operator
Stefan Fraticelli .... foley artist
John-Thomas Graves .... adr mixer
Ryan Lukasik .... foley assistant
Trent Richmond .... foley editor
Kevin Schultz .... foley mixer
Joel Shryack .... boom operator
Joel Shryack .... sound re-recording mixer
John Sievert .... foley artist
Pat Banta .... stunt coordinator
Garrett Hammond .... stunt double: Dylan O'Brien
Camera and Electrical Department
Ashley Carpenter .... second assistant camera
Brian Deutsch .... grip
Bradley C. Ferm .... set lighting technician
Sean Fitzgerald .... grip
Christian Grosselfinger .... chief lighting technician
Tom Hunt .... best boy grip
Tom Hunt .... dolly grip
David Kane .... assistant chief lighting technician
Chase Livengood .... set lighting technician
Matt McKinney .... key grip
Roger Peterson .... driver/grip
K. Blair Rogers .... first assistant camera: "a" camera (as Kevin Blair Rogers)
Kyle Spicer .... digital imaging technician
Ron Veto .... camera operator: "a" camera
Casting Department
Michael V. Nicolo .... casting associate
Doug Ritzenthaler .... extras casting
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Wanda Leavey .... costume supervisor
Editorial Department
Adolfo Martinelli .... digital intermediate colorist
Zared Shai .... first assistant editor
Adolfo Martinelli .... on-line editor (uncredited)
Music Department
Jonathan Leahy .... music supervisor
Eric Michael Meyers .... score mixer (as Eric Meyers)
Manish Raval .... music editor
Manish Raval .... music supervisor
Tom Wolfe .... music supervisor
Transportation Department
Gabe Davila .... transportation captain
Other crew
Cameron Arguelles .... quality control
Ryan Babbs .... stand-in
Robert DeBakey .... production assistant
Aaron Fairley .... production assistant
Geoffrey Freedman .... production assistant
Jillian Giacomini .... script supervisor
Victoria Hande .... photo double: Victoria Justice
Mikaela Mathern .... production assistant
Charlie Nadler .... office coordinator
Deric Ned .... production assistant
Lauren Sofair .... production assistant

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Rated PG-13 for mature thematic elements involving teen sexuality, partying, and language
95 min
Aspect Ratio:
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Did You Know?

Leonard Cohen's "If it be your will" appears on the Various Positions record as a last song. In the movie, Aubrey starts playing the record from the first song, there is no record as far the research go, that would list this song as first on either side A or B.See more »
Jane Harmon:God, I am so sick of these arrogant jag weeds! They're big, stupid mouths and they're tiny little penises.See more »
Movie Connections:
References Say Anything... (1989)See more »
I Cannot Love YouSee more »


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38 out of 47 people found the following review useful.
Proves that teen romances can be sweet and charming, 26 March 2013
Author: napierslogs from Ontario, Canada

"The First Time" is not just about having sex for the first time, but falling in love for the first time, and also just being yourself in front of the object of your affection for the first time. Aubrey (Britt Robertson) has a boyfriend (we'll get to him later) and Dave (Dylan O'Brien) is infatuated with a girl who will probably never like him for who he really is – she's just too into herself for that to ever happen.

At the beginning of the film, Aubrey and Dave meet, they're teenagers who go to different high schools, and their first night together reveals a natural attraction and an easy chemistry that allows them to just open up and talk about whatever they feel like saying. It's a fairly simple film, dialogue-heavy and follows their relationship as all teen romance films do, but there's something about it which suggests it's a genre we haven't really seen before.

"The First Time" isn't a comedy – it's a romantic drama. But it's not heavy and involved like a drama, it's light and funny like a comedy – but in a sweet, charming and real way. The only obvious attempt at comedy is with Aubrey's boyfriend Ronny (James Frecheville). Ronny is one or two years older, this, obviously, makes him wiser, more attuned to the ways of the world, and anybody who isn't him, or who hasn't gone to college, will just never understand the devastations that corporations cause. He likes Aubrey because she's different, she doesn't act all corporation-y.

We like Aubrey because she really isn't all that different. When she's with Dave, she's honest in a way that Dave needs. We like Dave because he convinces himself not to do something stupid, and then proceeds to do something stupid. Just like we all do. And that is why "The First Time" isn't as cheesy as it easily could be. It's a mature film in its depiction of teenagers; it works for adults just as well it does for its teen audience.

Writer and director Jon Kasdan (son of famous filmmaker Lawrence Kasdan) does a good job writing the main characters. The dialogue is a little unnatural at times, and some parts of the story are more drawn out than they need to be, but it's fairly easy to forgive that. The acting is surprisingly good, providing the film with the sweetness and charm that it needs. "The First Time" is a light romantic drama; easy to watch and enjoy, especially for fans of teen romantic comedies of any age.

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