My First Mister
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Two people with seemingly nothing in common forge an unusual friendship in this comedy drama that marks the feature-length directorial debut of actress Christine Lahti. Jennifer (Leelee Sobieski) is a teenager in her last year of high school who feels cut off from the world around her. She uses black clothes, body modification, and a defiant attitude as a way of keeping the world at bay, but at heart she feels unattractive and unloved, while her parents -- cheerfully oblivious Mother (Carol Kane) and often-absent Benjamin (John Goodman) -- have no idea of how to communicate with her. One day… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 53%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Sobieski's performance in this role pretty much kills off the film."
‑ Jay Boyar, Orlando Sentinel
"Although the movie has its moments, it's a tearjerker that jerks too hard."
‑ Desson Thomson, Washington Post
"Terrible script, terrible plot, clichés and plot holes galore..."
‑ Felix Vasquez Jr., Cinema Crazed
"A beautiful story about finding camaraderie, and ultimate love in the infrequent of places"
‑ Clint Morris, Moviehole
"A good small movie featuring a different kind of love story.."
‑ JoBlo, JoBlo's Movie Emporium
"Franklin's gooey, implausible script is too ridiculous to support unexpected bouts of sincerity, and the darkness is seldom as profound as it should be."
‑ Paul Tatara,
"Beautiful and so phony it makes you urp."
‑ Stephen Hunter, Washington Post
"The actors earn the couple of salty drops you may shed at the end -- the script sure doesn't."
‑ Rob Gonsalves,
"...while Ghost World is, on the whole, a slightly better movie, My First Mister is nevertheless worth checking out mostly due to two incredible lead performances."
‑ David Nusair, Reel Film Reviews
"The calculated sappiness does succeed in provoking a heightened reaction--but resentment and disgust is surely not what they had in mind."
‑ Michael Dequina,
"The sort of movie with so little faith in itself that it falls back on that most dreadful of clichés: The Fatal Development A Little More than Halfway Through."
‑ Connie Ogle, Miami Herald
"If the girls in Ghost World were to see this one, they'd gag."
‑ Geoff Pevere, Toronto Star
"Actress Lahti's feature directorial debut is a disappointingly sappy melodrama about the unlikely bond between a rebebllious high-school grad (Leelee Sobieski) and a dying older man (Albert Brooks)."
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"Starts out as a deliriously original "odd couple" comedy, and then hangs a quick left turn into shameless tear jerking."
‑ Scott Weinberg, Apollo Guide
"A woefully underdeveloped story populated by unbelievable characters."
‑ Ethan Alter, Film Journal International
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