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First Time, The

The fundamental likeability of protagonists can go a long way towards making a slick teen rom-com engaging, and writer/director Jonathan Kasdan hits paydirt here. After meeting cute outside a neighborhood party on a Friday night, high-schoolers Dave (Dylan O’Brien) and Aubrey (Britt Robertson) spend a weekend trying to figure out if they’re right for each other—or at least for right now. Kasdan aims for a melding of Before Sunrise and John Hughes, sympathetically portraying hyper-verbal kids who use their sardonic observations about conventional romance as a defense mechanism. The banter gets more than a little precious at times, but Robertson and O’Brien both sell their tentative connection, up to and including their confusion over how to deal with the physical side of their relationship not meeting with expectations (a terrifically handled scene from start to finish). There’s nothing remotely groundbreaking about the arc of the story; it’s simply executed with charm and smartly built on two kids whose happiness is worth 90 minutes of our attention. (Scott Renshaw)
  • Genres: comedy, romance
  • Running Time: 98 min
  • Release Date: Saturday, January 21,2012
  • MPAA Rating: No Rating
  • Directed by: Jonathan Kasdan
  • Starring: Britt Robertson, Dylan O'Brien
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  • Currently 3.5/5 Stars.
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