The past week or so, I’m been in kind of a rut. Why? I guess it primarily comes from stress but its also the fact that I’m highly competitive and I haven’t really had much inspiration for this Nanowrimo so everyday passes by and I write like 300 words on the bus and stop. Its hard to write a romance and be stressed at the same time. I usually don’t go seeking out anything romantic but I figured what better time to watch a teen movie, my mind thinks about Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist and how that was quite quirky and cute. Still, it seems recently, I always dive back into older movies for this sort of fun, cute teen romance thing but The First Time has caught my eye since it hit Netflix so I decided to check that out.
Director & writer: Jonathan Kasdan
Cast: Dylan O’Brien, Britt Robertson, Craig Roberts, James Frecheville, Victoria Justice, Lamarcus Tinker, Joshua Malina, Christine Taylor, Maggie Elizabeth Jones
Aubrey (Britt Robertson) and Dave (Dylan O’Brien) meet under awkward circumstances outside of a crazy party that they were both dragged two for different reasons. As they sat down to know each other, they feel more and more attracted to each other. However, Dave is pining over this beautiful girl Jane (Victoria Justice) who only treats him like a good friend that she can talk to about everything and Aubrey is dating Ronny (James Frecheville) an older emo sort of rock band guy. As their feelings take a hold over them, they experience an eventful weekend together.
This is how they started: meeting in an back alley of a party when she startles him as he’s trying to figure out how to tell the girl of his dreams how he feels. The First Time is sweet, cute and so magnetic to watch. Its been a few days that I’ve seen it and I can’t get it out of my mind. In a certain way, its real but not sure how high school real it is. Love is something that changes to everyone so this sort of movie probably won’t appeal to everyone especially if your romantic experiences are different. For me, high school felt like how the character Dave was: unrequited love. His was a girl of course while I had this guy that wasn’t all that great (now I know) but we were good friends but essentially it was unrequited love.
At the same time, I could relate to Aubrey because man, was it scary to think about stepping into the world and really have enough of this high school thing, even if I wasn’t sure what I really wanted to do. Although it didn’t happen in high school but man, what the hell is love was what I thought back then also, up to college, even after having short relationships and lets not even talk about elusive “the first time.” But thats what makes this movie fantastic because regardless if it all happened over a weekend and whether it was in high school, the time frame doesn’t matter. Its about the feelings this movie invokes making it feel real.
Although, there’s this subtle awkwardness that shows up between them, which is normal when you meet this guy randomly for such a short time, Aubrey and Dave, portrayed by Britt Robertson and Dylan O’Brien, have this amazing chemistry. Teen romances are simple and that gives this extra points because thats what being in high school should be. Thats what makes it great also. Nothing in the romance has to be overly complicated especially in chance meetings like this, where emotions take the best of you. I’m going off on a tangent but thats really to support why I think chemistry is the most important in these sort of movies. Man, do they pull it off? When the movie ended, and perfectly where it should in my opinion, I actually connected with Dave and Aubrey so much that I wanted to know whats next. I was kind of all touched and getting misty by the last few parts when they were talking about meeting that right person and all that.
There’s so much to love about The First Time: the great chemistry, the cheesy moments (because you know they have it), the awkwardness, taking chances, being young and in love, being passionate. Just a mountain of that surge of emotions that there is. Its smart, cute, sweet and the connection is so real and so honest. The characters are lovable. Its done with so much awesomeness and I totally hope that you give this a chance. There’s going be cliches, but you know what, Britt Robertson and Dylan O’Brien will make you fall in love right along with them (at least I know I did).
Have you seen The First Time?