My First Mister
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A first feature from acclaimed actress Christine Lahti (who won an Academy Award for her short film Lieberman in Love in 1995), My First Mister explores the delicate relationship between two unlikely individuals who bring each other out of their protective shells. Jennifer (Leelee Sobieski), the film's narrator, is a Goth-obsessed, tattooed 17-year old who absorbs herself in death-laden music and poetry. Just graduating from school and immersed in a dysfunctional relationship with her out-there mother (Carol Kane), she finds a job at a local clothing store as a clerk. Her boss, Randall… 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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