The First Time
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Dave, a high school senior, spends most of his time pining away over a girl he can't have. Aubrey, a junior with artistic aspirations, has a hot boyfriend who doesn't quite understand her or seem to care. Although they go to different schools, Dave and Aubrey find themselves at the same party. When both head outside to get some air, they meet. A casual conversation 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. -- (C) Official Site

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 47%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"It's a hard movie to dislike. But try."
‑ Stephen Whitty, Newark Star-Ledger
"No gratuitous raunchiness here and only a few tired caricatures in a genre usually jammed with them."
‑ Neil Genzlinger, New York Times
"I'm going to give it a seven because of the two stars. They're so darned likable that they make the film's shortcomings seem unimportant."
‑ James Plath, Movie Metropolis
"Frank-but-approachable romcom about teens and sex."
‑ S. Jhoanna Robledo, Common Sense Media
"A maturity and emotional intelligence not usually associated with the genre. Don't let it get lost among the louder, shinier releases of the movie weekend."
‑ Marshall Fine, Hollywood & Fine
"There is much to like here, a sense of nuance and nonjudgmental emotional openness, yet Kasdan's teenage miniaturism never quite blooms."
‑ Mark Olsen, Los Angeles Times
"Something of a wonder, a palm-size ball of banter and irony and earnestness that never stops rolling and almost never misses the sweet spots."
‑ Michael Atkinson, Village Voice
"For a film that's treading the same territory as American Pie, The First Time lends a bit of dignity to the first time."
‑ Annlee Ellingson, Paste Magazine
"This comedy about two teens losing their virginity aims for hilarity but instead achieves ho-hum status."
‑ David Noh, Film Journal International
"Sex and love are both novel experiences for two high schoolers in this talky affair that suggests a hybrid of Before Sunset and Some Kind of Wonderful."
‑ Nick Schager, Slant Magazine
"[An] inoffensive but bland ode to the talky high school movies of John Hughes and Cameron Crowe."
‑ Sara Stewart, New York Post
"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."
‑ Joshua Rothkopf, Time Out New York
"when it comes to insight into being a teen in this day an age, or any of the other traits that set the best high school movies apart, The First Time comes up empty."
‑ Robert Levin, amNewYork
"An exploration of the high expectations, fears, and fantasies surrounding the act of losing your virginity."
‑ Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat, Spirituality and Practice
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