The First Time is a 2012 teen romantic comedy film written and directed by Jon Kasdan, and stars Britt Robertson, Dylan O'Brien, James Frecheville and Victoria Justice.
Dave Hodgman (Dylan O'Brien) is a high school senior who spends most of his time pining away over Jane Harmon (Victoria Justice), a girl he can't have. Aubrey Miller (Britt Robertson), a junior at a different high school, has an older boyfriend Ronny (James Frecheville) who doesn't quite understand her or seem to care. A casual conversation between Dave and Aubrey sparks an instant connection, and, over the course of a weekend, things turn magical, romantic, complicated, and funny as Aubrey and Dave discover what it's like to fall in love for the first time.
Dave is in a back alley at a house party, rehearsing a confession of love for a girl named Jane when he's surprised by Aubrey. They talk, and when he practices the speech to get her opinion, she is not impressed. She refuses to dance with him, explaining that public displays of affection (PDA) are distasteful. She eventually starts to dance when the police raid of the noisy party. She invites him into her house, noting that she has a boyfriend, and takes him to her bedroom. They share some wine and a meaningful conversation. Aubrey asks him if he's ever had sex, and Dave admits he hasn't, but she refuses to answer the same question. They talk while laying side by side on the floor and both fall asleep. When Aubrey's mother knocks on the door, in the morning, Dave escapes through the window but spills wine on the rug.
Dave meets with his friends Simon and Big Corporation, telling them about Aubrey. They suggest that claiming to have a boyfriend could be a strategic lie and suggest contacting her. Dave calls her house, catching Aubrey as her parents are berating her about the wine on the rug. She tells Dave she's going to the movies with her boyfriend Ronny, and Dave decides to go too.
Jane and her friends happen to be at the theatre. Aubrey persuades Ronny to go to the same movie as Dave and Jane. Aubrey goes out during the film, and Dave follows her. In the lobby she apologizes for being strange on the phone and having him jump off the roof. Dave gets her cell phone number and invites her and Ronny to Jane's friend's house afterwards.
At the friend's house, Aubrey and Jane talk about Dave. Jane has high praise for Dave, but clearly takes him for granted while complaining about all the awful guys she's been with. Aubrey seems to be about to suggest she consider Dave, but stops and pretends to have forgotten what she was about to say.
Ronny brags to Dave that he and Aubrey are planning to have sex that night in his van. Dave finds Aubrey and tells her not to have sex with Ronny, that her first time shouldn't be with a guy like him. Aubrey denounces the romantic notion of the first time being so important, and tells him it's none of his business. Things take a flirtatious turn but Ronny appears, telling Aubrey they need to go. Dave intervenes, leading to a confrontation before Simon and Big Corporation intervene. Aubrey leaves with Ronny.
Dave ends up in a bedroom with Jane, where she half flirts with him before starting to complain about her latest sexual misadventures. Jane notes that something weird is going on with Dave. He realizes he'd rather be with Aubrey and leaves. On his way home, he gets a text from Aubrey asking him to pick her up. They drive around, she tells him that she's just dumped Ronny, and they gradually reveal and discover their feelings for each other.
They talk on the phone the next day and meet at a park. Aubrey invites Dave over that night, knowing that her parents will not be home. Dave struggles with himself before deciding to not bring a condom. That night they make out, then hesitate before deciding to have sex. Afterwards, both of them are upset. It hasn't gone well, and they don't know how to talk about it. Everything they say seems to make it worse, and they decide it was all a mistake and they should not see each other.
The next day, Aubrey keeps looking at her phone hoping Dave will call, while Dave repeatedly picks up his phone to call, but backs down. He meets with Simon and Big Corporation, telling them that the idea of sex was better than the experience. Simon tells him its no big deal, but Big Corporation reminds him that they spend every weekend looking for someone special and it never happens, but this time it did. He says Dave and Aubrey hit a speed bump because it was their first time, but Dave should be a man and give it another try.
The next morning, Aubrey tells her parents that she found a great guy and messed it up by pushing him away. Her parents try to make her feel better. Dave is waiting for her in the driveway, declaring his feelings and wants to try again. She leads him to believe she's not interested, but asks for a ride to school. In the car, she expresses her desire to be together and a need to work on the sex, which he happily agrees to. He drops her off and they say goodbye awkwardly, but she runs back to him, breaking her no PDA rule with a warm, passionate kiss in front of the other students.
Britt Robertson's portrayed the role of a teenaged girl
Aubrey Miller. Aubrey is a happy-go-lucky girl who loves to live her life free. She believes in love
and also has a boyfriend
named Ronny, who is much older than her. Though in a relationship, Aubrey says she isn't happy in life. Moreover, her boyfriend
seems like he doesn't quite understand her or doesn't actually care. She is an old school romantic and believes in a vintage way of love. Finding love and fixing dates on Facebook
isn't her cup of tea. She wants a romance to brew between her and her Mr. Perfect in a place like a bar with love at first sight. Britt's role in the film shows her as a fun-loving person with a deep soul. She talks about true love and sunrises in the film
with Dave the male lead in the film.
she meets Dave randomly at a party and end up spending time together.In the very first scene of the movie, Aubrey is seen hesitant of sharing a dance
with Dave on the street as she doesn't believe in public display of affection (PDA) but the movie
ends with Aubrey sharing a passionate kiss
with Dave in front of the entire school. The film shows Aubrey's journey from being a reluctant lover to being a fierce lover. Apart from her love life, Aubrey's equation with her parents throughout the film is quite expressive and entertaining. She does not shy away from talking about her love life to her parents.On the other hand, she also behaves like a responsible yet frank kid when her parents
berate her for her mistakes. Aubery is also jealous of Jane.In short, Britt's character in the film is that of a teenager who is confused, a die-hard romantic yet strong girl !.
Dylan O'Brien portrayed the role of a high school
teenager, Dave Hodgman in the film, The First Time. He is seen as a shy
young man who is in love
with a woman named Jane. He surely loves Jane and wants her to be his girlfriend
but deep down inside he is also aware of the fact that Jane is actually out of his reach. Though he loves her he is not confident enough to share his feelings
with her and hence writes it down on a piece of paper and rehearses before he musters up the courage to confess his love in front of Jane. He meets his junior Aubrey while reciting his lines of confession and share a small chat with her. He also reads out the confession
note to her but Aubrey isn't much impressed with the note. He asks her for a dance to which Aubrey denies and hits him and makes him feel more underconfident about himself.
Aubrey, however, invites him to her place and they spent the night together having meaningful talks. Dave also shares everything with his close friends. He also has a younger sister
who motivates him to talk to girls confidently. When Jane tried to get intimate with him at a friend's place, Dave realizes his feelings for Aubrey and walks out. He finally meets her and confesses his feelings to her without hesitation and they both share a passionate kiss
. But with this doesn't end Dave's self-questioning on his abilities as when he and Aubrey try to have sex for the first time things don't turn out good and he again loses his confidence
. But he finally decides to give it another try and they both decide to stay together.
's portrays the role of Aubrey's (Britt Robertson) father in the film. He is seen as a friendly, funny and caring father in the film. He is seen supporting her daughter throughout. Right from allowing her to go for a movie after her mother gives her an earful for drinking and spilling wine in her bedroom
without their knowledge to supporting her when she shares about keeping away the 'right guy' from her, Aubrey's dad gave her an unshakable support.
Dylan O'Brien as Dave HodgmanBritt Robertson as Aubrey MillerCraig Roberts as Simon DaldryJames Frecheville as RonnyVictoria Justice as Jane HarmonLaMarcus Tinker as Big CorporationJoshua Malina as Mr. MillerChristine Taylor as Mrs. MillerMaggie Elizabeth Jones as Stella HodgmanHalston Sage as BriannaAdam Sevani as Wurtzheimer guyMolly C. Quinn as Erica #1Christine Quynh Nguyen as Erika #2Matthew Fahey as Brendan Meltzer
The First Time is a romantic comedy film
for teenagers who prefer over talking movies ! Watching the film demands a lot of attention and patience
as it is over-loaded with dialogues
. It depicts the story of two teenagers Dave and Aubrey, who meet randomly at a party and end up spending time together. Both have their own separate love stories going on. An under-confident Dave is practicing his confession of love for Jane while Aubrey has a boyfriend who is much older than her but apparently isn't compatible for her. But she is certainly backed with her wise yet cool and funny parents.
Britt and Danny as actors have done a great job! They bring the essence of teenage ignorance, innocence, and bewilderment on the screen beautifully. Director Kasdan too has done phenomenal work. He has brilliantly managed to bring humor, wit and the essence of an urban fairytale romance in the film. The sidekicks in the film incorporated by the supporting cast of Victoria Justice, Craig Roberts
, Joshua Malina
, James Frechiville among others too deserve praise for sure. Moreover, the music of the film is both impressive and ignored at times. Right from the gripping and complementing background score to the melodious songs in between the film, the music plays a vital part in the film.
The story of the film
moves slowly and steadily! So much that you will end up fast-forwarding the scenes one after the other. The movie is also quite predictable. The audience
is much aware of the fact that the guy will certainly get the girl in the end. But how the film unfolds with every scene woven with utmost grace and grip by Kasdan is commendable.
And here comes the answer to "Why is the film titled 'The First Time'"! It's because Dave and Aubrey are virgin and they haven't had sex
anytime in their lives! So, they decide to have it with each other but it ends up in a mess-making both of them feel embarrassed
and they decide to part ways!
Will Dave and Aubrey get over their 'not-so-good' first time and decide to give it another chance? That's the story all about!
Review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes gives the film a 45% rating based on 17 reviews and an average rating of 5.6/10. Metacritic gives the film a score of 55 out of 100, based on 10 critics, indicating "mixed or average reviews." Among the negative reviews, Mark Olsen of the Los Angeles Times wrote, "There is much to like here, a sense of nuance and nonjudgmental emotional openness, yet Kasdan's teenage miniaturism never quite blooms," whilst Joshua Rothkopf of Time Out New York said "Writer-director Jonathan Kasdan can't even bother to satisfy the buildup with a real moment of consummation (welcome to the fade to black) or believable postcoital complications." Todd McCarthy of The Hollywood Reporter was similarly unimpressed, remarking "Despite intermittent laughs and charm, The First Time feels slight and pretty ordinary by the end, with no edge or compelling insights..."
However, New York Times critic Neil Genzlinger wrote a positive review, stating that "The list of temptations a filmmaker can fall into when making a movie about high school students and virginity is quite long, but Jonathan Kasdan avoids most of them in his sweet, low-key comedy “The First Time.” No gratuitous raunchiness here and only a few tired caricatures in a genre usually jammed with them." And Daniel Fienberg of HitFlix enthused, ""The First Time" doesn't look or feel like a Sundance competition entry, but if you overlook it due to that television pedigree, you'll miss out on an effectively sweet, frequently clever offering buoyed by an attractive group of stars..."
The First Time was released in a limited release on October 19, 2012, and grossed just $22,836. It was released on DVD and digital download on March 12, 2013.