The First Time (2012 American film)

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The First Time
The First Time Movie Poster 2012.jpg
Theatrical poster
Directed by Jon Kasdan
Produced by Martin Shafer
Liz Glotzer
Written by Jon Kasdan
Starring Dylan O'Brien
Britt Robertson
Craig Roberts
Joshua Malina
James Frecheville
Christine Taylor
Victoria Justice
LaMarcus Tinker
Music by Alec Puro
Cinematography Rhet W. Bear
Edited by Hugh Ross
Jerimaca Films
Distributed by Samuel Goldwyn Films
Destination Films
Release date(s)
  • January 21, 2012 (2012-01-21) (Sundance)
Running time 95 mins
Country United States
Language English
Budget $2 million
Box office $22,836[1]

The First Time is a 2012 teen romantic comedy film written and directed by Jon Kasdan and stars Britt Robertson, Dylan O'Brien, James Frecheville and Victoria Justice.

Dave Hodgman (Dylan O'Brien) is a high school senior who spends most of his time pining away over Jane Harmon (Victoria Justice), a girl he can't have. Aubrey Miller (Britt Robertson), a junior at a different high school, has an older boyfriend Ronny (James Frecheville) who doesn't quite understand her or seem to care. A casual conversation between Dave and Aubrey 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.


Dave and Aubrey meet on a Friday night in an alley outside a party and Dave seeks Aubrey for advice about a girl that Dave likes, Jane. When the cops arrive, Dave and Aubrey evade the party and walk to her house. When they get to Aubrey's house, she invites him inside. Aubrey randomly asks Dave if he's had sex yet, to which he replies that he hasn't. When he asks her the same question, she refused to answer. After their conversation, they fall asleep together in her room and when they wake up the next morning, Dave escapes through her bedroom window, in order to prevent her parents from finding out that she invited him.

Talking to his friends, Simon and Big Corporation, about Aubrey, they think she lied about having a boyfriend and tell him to text her, only for Dave to discover he doesn't have her number. They decide to call a guy who has access to Aubrey's high school student database, who gives Dave Aubrey's home number. When Dave calls Aubrey asking her what her plans are for the night, she says she's going to the movies with her boyfriend Ronny, to which Dave responds that he is also going with his friends.

At the cinema, Dave bumps into Jane and her friends and discover they are seeing the same movie. When Aubrey bumps into Dave, she introduces him to Ronny. Aubrey and Ronny then go see the same movie as Dave and Jane. When Aubrey leaves during the film, Dave follows her into the lobby where she apologizes for being rude to him on the phone earlier and making him jump off the roof that morning. Dave forgives her by finally getting her cell phone number and invites her and Ronny to a get together at Jane's friend, Brianna's, house. They then go back inside and continue watching the rest of the movie.

At Brianna's house Aubrey and Jane have a chat where Jane reveals that Dave is her best guy friend who always listens to her about her relationships. After hearing what Dave says about Jane over the past days, Aubrey begins to suggest Jane go out with Dave but then stops half way through her sentence.

Ronny reveals to Dave that after waiting a long time, that he is going to have sex with Aubrey in his van that night. Dave then finds Aubrey and asks her not to lose her virginity to Ronny claiming that he isn't the right guy for her. Aubrey then declares that there isn't anyone right for her and that she wants to get it over with. Dave doesn't believe this and claims that she likes him. As they are about to share a kiss, Ronny interrupts wanting to leave immediately. Dave and Ronny get into a small fight and Aubrey leaves with Ronny.

Dave is then alone with Jane, and whilst tending to his wound from his fight with Ronny, Jane begins talking about her relationships. Upon realizing his growing feelings for Aubrey, and that whenever Dave and Jane have their chats, all they ever do is talk about her, Dave leaves. On his drive home, Aubrey texts Dave asking him to pick her up. On their drive around town she reveals that she broke up with Ronny, and they share a kiss.

The next night, Aubrey's parents go out for the evening, and Aubrey invites Dave over. Dave decides against bringing a condom in case they do have sex. He rebels against it, and goes to her house. When he arrives, they start making out, but Dave stops it claiming that this has been the best weekend of his life and he doesn't want to ruin it. They then state that not having sex is the better option and is much better for their relationship. They then decide to have sex anyway, despite what was just said. However, it doesn't go as smoothly as they planned, leaving them both confused about their relationship.

Dave then seeks advice from Simon and Big Corporation, and whilst Simon tells him to move on as their relationship was never going to last, Big Corporation says to be a man and not to bail because of one little mishap.

The next day, Dave comes to Aubrey's house and says that he wants to be in a relationship with her in spite of what happened the previous night. Dave then drives Aubrey to school. When they arrive and Aubrey walks to her first class, despite saying to Dave when they first met that she hates public displays of affection, she runs back to Dave and kisses him.



The First Time Unofficial Soundtrack
No. Title Writer(s) Artist Length
1. "Silly Boy"   Soeren Christiansen, Steffen Westmark, Allan Villadsen, Per Joergensen The Blue Van 3:19
2. "Teenage Daydream"   Robin Feher The Nights 3:57
3. "We're #1"   Andrew Creighton The World Record 3:54
4. "Mama"   Trey Johnson Sorta  
5. "Lonely Soul"   Robin Feher The Nights 3:56
6. "Oh My Love"   Daniel Varjo, Ludvig Rylander, Lisa Milberg, Maria Eriksson, Martin Hansson, Per Nystrom, Ullik Jonusson, Dante Holgersson The Concretes 2:54
7. "Out of Touch"   Elizabeth Borden Liz Borden and The Axes 2:32
8. "If It Be Your Will"   Leonard Cohen Leonard Cohen 3:42
9. "Trouble"   Matthew Beighley, Thomas King, Jacqueline Santillan Wait. Think. Fast. 4:12
10. "The End"   Bethany Cosentino Best Coast 2:42
11. "Head Spin"   Dane Schmidt Jamestown Story 3:13
12. "Diamond Eyes"   Michael Haggins Michael Haggins 18:02
13. "I Cannot Love You"   Michael Lerner Telekinesis 2:01
14. "Can't Stop Thinking"   Tom Wolfe Buva 4:11
15. "Come On"   Chad Marshman The Wind 4:39
16. "In Your Mind"   Matt Weinberger, Abe Seiferth, Jared Elioseff, John Graham Davis, David Burnett Phonograph 4:30
17. "Come and Go (feat. KU)"   Danica Rozelle, Jacques Slade, Lamar Van Sciver, Frank Greenfield Danica Rozelle 4:06
18. "Anne With an E"   Kip Berman, Peggy Wang, Kurt Feldman, Alex Naidus The Pains of Being Pure at Heart 4:06
19. "Wait For Me"   Daniel Blue, Josiah Sherman Motopony 4:57
20. "Vampire's Kiss"   John Gold John Gold 3:41
21. "Coming Home"   Pete Kilpatrick, Zach Jones Pete Kilpatrick Band 3:38
22. "Till The Morning"   Afie Jurvanen Bahamas 1:58
23. "Girls Like You"   Thomas Powers, Aaron Short, Alisa Xayalith The Naked And Famous 6:04
24. "Sweet Louise"   Barbara Gruska, Ethan Gruska The Belle Brigade 3:06


The First Time received mixed reviews and has a score of 47% on Rotten Tomatoes. Among the negative reviews, Mark Olsen of the Los Angeles Times wrote, "There is much to like here, a sense of nuance and nonjudgmental emotional openness, yet Kasdan's teenage miniaturism never quite blooms.", whilst Joshua Rothkopf of Time Out New York said "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."

However, New York Times critic Neil Genzlinger wrote a positive review, stating that "The list of temptations a filmmaker can fall into when making a movie about high school students and virginity is quite long, but Jonathan Kasdan avoids most of them in his sweet, low-key comedy “The First Time.” No gratuitous raunchiness here and only a few tired caricatures in a genre usually jammed with them."


The First Time had a very limited release into theaters in Oct 2012, and grossed just $22,836. It was released on DVD and digital download on March 12, 2013.[2]


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