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The First Time (2012)

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A shy senior and a down-to-earth junior fall in love over one weekend.

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Jonathan Kasdan

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Jonathan Kasdan
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
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
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Storyline

One night at a friend's house party, a somewhat confident Dave meets a cool and artistic girl named Aubrey. She helps him with his romantic feelings for Jane. They talk about Dave's feelings, and he believes he should tell Jane how he feels. They soon get interrupted by the cops showing up, but decide to walk home together. As the weekend begins, the new friends start to hang out, as well as discuss their relationship... And their virginity. Dave becomes more and more interested in Aubrey, and she reciprocates. Even though she is involved with Roni (her soon to be ex), she has trouble denying her true feelings for Dave. There is one problem, however, Dave is going off to college in another city. Aubrey still has one year left of high school. Will they be able to handle a long distance relationship? Is their love strong enough? Or will Dave chose Jane, the girl of his dreams instead. Written by Jamie Paton

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Nervous is normal.

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Comedy | Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for mature thematic elements involving teen sexuality, partying, and language | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

7 February 2013 (Russia) See more »

Also Known As:

A Primeira Vez See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$2,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$17,061, 21 October 2012, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$17,061, 21 October 2012
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Dolby Digital | Datasat | SDDS

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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Trivia

At the beginning of the movie (Silly Boy song) Aubrey appears four times but you can barely notice her. You can recognize her by clothes and bag. See more »

Goofs

In the final scene where Aubrey decides to run back to Dave, who is still at his car, you see her drop her bag to the ground to make out with him. In the next scene however, they change the camera angle of them making out, and the book-bag is nowhere to be seen. See more »

Quotes

Aubrey Miller: I have trouble with someone sleeping in the room.
Dave Hodgman: Oh. I'll take off.
Aubrey Miller: No. It's just... sleep-overs, camp, I always hated them. Not... because I minded being away, but because there was always some mouth-breather next to me.
Dave Hodgman: You don't have to explain, I'll go.
Aubrey Miller: Not... yet. I just... Maybe we could lie here for a minute. And... and I could just close my eyes, see what it's like, is it okay?
Dave Hodgman: Okay.
Aubrey Miller: [they lie together, his arn over her waist] Your heart is beating really fast.
Dave Hodgman: I know... Sorry.
Aubrey Miller: It's ...
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Mama
Written by Trey Johnson
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Proves that teen romances can be sweet and charming
26 March 2013 | by napierslogsSee all my reviews

"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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