The First Time (2012 American film)

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The First Time
The First Time Movie Poster 2012.jpg
Theatrical release 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 dates
  • January 21, 2012 (2012-01-21) (Sundance)
Running time 95 mins
Country United States
Language English
Budget $2 million
Box office $92,654[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 is in a back alley rehearsing a confession of love for Jane, a girl he has a crush on, when he's surprised by Aubrey. They talk, and he ends up trying out the speech for her to get her opinion. She's not impressed. He asks her if she'd like to dance with him, and she refuses. He's hurt, and she explains that she finds public displays of affection distasteful. They start to dance, but it's announced that the police are breaking up the party, and they leave, eventually ending up at her house. She invites him inside, noting that she has a boyfriend, and takes him to her bedroom. She gets some wine, and during their conversation she asks him if he's ever had sex. He admits he hasn't, but when he asks her she refuses to answer. She gets him to lay down with her on the floor and they fall asleep. They are awakened by Aubrey's mother knocking on the door, and Dave escapes through the window. He spills wine on the rug.

Dave meets with his friends Simon and Big Corporation at a diner, and he tells them about Aubrey. They suggest that claiming to have a boyfriend could be a strategic lie and suggest texting her. Dave discovers he doesn't have her number. They help him find her home number, and Dave calls, catching Aubrey as her parents are berating her about the wine on the rug. She tells Dave she's going to the movies with her boyfriend Ronny, and Dave decides to go too.

Jane and her friends are also at the theatre. Aubrey appears and introduces Dave to Ronny. Aubrey persuades Ronny not to go to the Almovador movie as planned and to see the same movie as Dave and Jane. Aubrey goes out during the film, and Dave follows her. In the lobby she apologizes for being strange on phone and having him jump off the roof. Dave gets her cell phone number and invites her and Ronny to Jane's friend's house afterwards.

At the friend's house, Aubrey and Jane talk about Dave. Jane has high praise for Dave, but clearly takes him for granted while complaining about all the awful guys she's been with. Aubrey seems to be about to suggest she consider Dave but stops and pretends to have forgotten what she was about to say.

Ronny brags to Dave that he and Aubrey are planning to have sex that night in his van. Dave finds Aubrey and tells her not to have sex with Ronny, that her first time shouldn't be with a guy like him. Aubrey denounces the romantic notion of the first time being so important, and tells him it's none of his business--he's in love with Jane. He says "You dig me." Things take a flirtatious turn but suddenly Ronny appears. Ronny gets pushy with Dave before Aubrey finally leaves with Ronny.

Dave ends up in a bedroom with Jane, where she half flirts with him before starting to complain about her latest sexual misadventures. Dave decides to leave. On his way home, he gets a text from Aubrey asking him to pick her up. They drive around, she tells him that she's just dumped Ronny, and they gradually reveal and discover their feelings for each other. At her house they kiss passionately.

They talk on the phone the next day and meet at a park. Then Aubrey finds our her parents are going out for the evening. She invites Dave over. Dave struggles with himself over bringing a condom. Finally he goes without it. At her place, they begin to kiss again, and hesitate about whether to have sex or not. Eventually they decide to do it. Cut to afterwards. Both of them are upset. It hasn't gone well, and they don't know how to talk about it. Everything they say seems to make it worse, and when they part they've both agreed it was all a mistake and perhaps should not see each other.

Dave repeatedly picks up his phone, presumably to call Aubrey, but ends up calling Simon and Big Corporation. At the diner, he lays out the problem. Simon tells him its okay; he's going off to university; she goes to a different school; no one he knows will hear her side. Big Corporation, however, doesn't agree. He tells Dave to give it another try.

The next day, Aubrey is leaving her house, unhappy. Dave is waiting for her in the driveway. He declares his feelings, and she asks him to drive her to school. In the car, they agree to stay together. He drops her off at school and they say goodbye awkwardly. She manages to tear herself away but ends up running back and throwing herself into his arms.



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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