"Mini's First Time" was in theatres for about ten minutes before quietly sneaking onto DVD. I had heard of the movie long before it slipped into theatres and didn't know it had been released on DVD until a couple weeks later. When I first heard the title, I thought it was a shameless way of getting people to see it. The title actually makes a lot of sense, so I'm going to tell you right now that movie has no nudity in it. It stars Nikki Reed, who co-starred in and co-wrote Thirteen. That movie scored Holly Hunter an Oscar nomination, jumpstarted Evan Rachel Wood's career, but Reed has just kind of chilled in the background; Appearing in movies like Lords of Dogtown and American Gun recently. The role she's playing here can be compared to the Barbara Stanwyck character in "Double Indemnity" and the Kathleen Turner character in "Body Heat." In fact, it could also be compared to Reed's own character from "Thirteen." In the end, it's like one big combination of them all. Reed plays Mini, the daughter of Diane (Carrie-Anne Moss, 'Memento') a Hollywood golddigger and wannabe actress who never made it after she was impregnated by a producer. Mini is in high school (but is apparently 18, since she's on the verge of graduating and smokes in front of cops and things like that) and obsessed with doing things for the first time. Sex, blackmail, murder, whatever. Her mother is married to a man named Martin (Alec Baldwin), who is unhappy with his marriage. He's a public relations guy, which Mini finds ironic since he's never in public with her mother and she doesn't remember the last time they had relations. After getting a (temporary) job as an escort girl, she finds herself in a room with Martin. Suddenly, they begin having an affair but realize that they need to get Mini's mother out of the picture. That's easier said than done. Mini suggests murder, but that's too risky; So, Mini begins stealing pills from school and putting them in her mothers drinks, hoping that they can eventually get someone to put her mother away. When her mother attempts to commit suicide by taking too many sleeping pills (although it doesn't kill her, but merely knocks her unconscious), Mini and Martin decide to put her inside her car and have her killed from toxic fumes. It seems logical. She takes the pills, so she'll be asleep when she dies. This should work out perfect, if not for a suspicious detective (Luke Wilson) and a nosy TV show-producer neighbor (Jeff Goldblum). The movie isn't your typical dumb teenager movie though. In fact, this movie will probably appeal more to adults than to kids. As I said though, it's kind of like Thirteen+Double Indemnity=Mini's First Time. It's well written, funny, and all the performances are believable. Nikki Reed plays a pretty good femme fatale. It is predictable, but it's entertaining enough to make you forget that. Alec Baldwin is also very good as the man who finds himself so controlled by this woman (girl) that he'll do anything for her. It, at least, seems believable most of the time. I'm giving it 5 stars, because I liked it a lot. It's actually more suited for four stars and most people will agree with that; but it's a movie that is actually worth checking out.
SHOULD BE: B