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4.0 out of 5 stars Great look at the awkwardness of your first time, 14 July 2013
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Laura Hartley (London) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: First Time [DVD] [2012] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC] (DVD)
This may seem like your typical, crappy teenage film but it was actually deeper than that. This film explores the minds of two teenage virgins and their thoughts and expectations of their 'first time'. This certainly isn't the best film and there were many flaws as you can expect from this sort of teen drama but I think it did do a fairly good job of portraying teenage thought patterns and the awkwardness of one's first time/first love. This is a very confusing time for most teenagers and this film doesn't glance over that fact. This isn't a teen rom-com where everything is fine and dandy, there are many bumps along the way as Aubrey and Dave try to sort their thoughts out. So, in terms of the main plot this film fulfilled its purpose.

At times I felt that the pace of the film was moving a little two quickly, as was the relationship between Aubrey and Dave. This entire film plays out over the space of one weekend though it seems a lot longer than that. This was probably the most unrealistic thing about the film and made it seem more like a teenagers fantasy, but everything else about this film seemed pretty real. This film makes you laugh and cry and cringe. It is incredibly funny at times, awkward teenage encounters are hilarious - especially when true and realistic, but it was also really poignant and sad at times.

I felt that the acting was absolutely brilliant in this film from the two main roles, most notably, Dylan O'Brien. He is most known for staring the nerdy best friend in MTV's Teen Wolf so he fitted the role of social outcast Dave really well. O'Brien was in his element and managed to bring across an extremely witty but kinda sensitive teenage boy. He's definitely portrayed as a good guy, but he's not perfect, he's still human, and that's what makes him all the more lovable. Nobody does awkward teenager like Dylan O'Brien and he is definitely the best thing about this movie. Britt Robertson didn't do a bad job as Aubrey either. Aubrey is not your stereotypical girl and for the most part Britt Robertson portrayed Aubrey's fiesty character well on screen; however, there were a few moments when Robertson seemed like she was trying to be one of those slightly 'indie' girls (these rare moments were only a slight flaw in the movie though).

All in all this film is full of awkwardness, laughter and emotion. A lot of teenagers will be able to relate to the one or both of the two main characters in some way or another and if you're the sort of person that likes these sort of coming-of-age teen movies then this is definitely for you. This is the sort of movie that critics hate but the public secretly loves. It's not the best film, but you can't help but enjoy it and feel your heart warm to it. There were a couple of twists that made your heart skip a little but for the most part this is a fairly predictable film, but name me a teenage drama that isn't. I would highly recommend this to teenage girls or anyone looking for a fairly lighthearted teenage film that can make you laugh out loud and cry at the same time.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Memories, 1 May 2014
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D. T. Brunetti "manmadeofjam" (North London) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: First Time [DVD] [2012] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC] (DVD)
The reviews here are good enough to make you want to watch this film. I agree with another review, it's not a classic for anyone over 21, but as an adult watching it, it's like a first love time machine, perfectly taking you back to those first years of hormones, romances and utterly mental crushes that made no sense whatsover.

Anyway, few films remind me so much of Kevin Smith's early films, except this is very much Smith Lite. It's well written and well acted, and it has some characters that Smith likes so much. There's definitely an element of Jay and Silent Bob in the two friends, the English kid and his football playing wall of a human being, who, by the way, is reasonably quiet for the most of the film until he is required to speak sense... taking Silent Bob's role from at least 4 of the first KS collection.

Also, James Frecheville plays a great role here, and without a terrible American accent, unlike fellow Aussie actor from Avatar, Sam Worthington. If anyone reading this likes more serious drama, Frecheville plays a lead role in crime drama Animal Kingdom which is awesome, but quite different (still, well written and so on, like this film.)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Suprisingly good!, 7 Jan 2014
This review is from: First Time [DVD] [2012] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC] (DVD)
I was ready to watch something REALLY BAD and lame and not interesting at all: the typical american teenage blob movie. I actually loved it!! I wouldnt say I want it on my shelves at all times and re-watch it in every decade but it was entertaining and a different angle was mentioned about teenage love then the once we are used to and I think many teens should watch it and think about rushing like crazy. It can go wrong!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Touching, 27 July 2014
This review is from: First Time [DVD] [2012] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC] (DVD)
I really didn't think I would enjoy this film, I am not a romantic kinda guy, but it almost reduced me to tears and made me long for a long gone age that I truly miss, the spark of a first love. A wonderfully touching film.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, 12 Aug 2014
This review is from: First Time [DVD] [2012] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC] (DVD)
Dylan O'Brien my favourite actor so romantic and awkward and funny
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