My first time watching this sweet movie called “THE FIRST TIME” ❤
American teenage romantic comedy from 2012. Watch online here!
(Some spoilers ahead!)
I really liked the beginning of this movie, how they introduce you to the teenage-world in one continuous shot along a party where you see the common factors of it as: alcohol, couples making-out, fights and laughs, everything blurry but sharp at the same time.
Then there’s the main story beginning when the super cute and hot Dave Hodgman (Dylan O’brien) is nervous outside the party practicing a speech he prepared for the girl he likes when suddenly a random girl appears in scene, this is Aubrey Miller (Britt Robertson) who is open enough to start a conversation with the boy and to even express her most honest opinion to this guy she just met -Later on the movie we’ll get clarified that that’s just the way she is, honest and forthright-
The rest of the meeting-scene could seem cheesy but is easier to believe if you analyze that they were at the end of a night in which both of them were looking for fun but suddenly ended up alone with nobody watching, factors that in real life could lead to those kind of moments.
In fact what I liked the most about this movie (aside from watching Dylan shirtless) is that I’d actually give it an 8 out of 10 in the rate of how “realistic” it is, something too high for a teenage romantic comedy but remarkable for making their best effort at showing an intense topic between teenagers without turning it into a too cheesy perfect illustration of how Hollywood think it is.
The only big details I found cheesy were:
- Everything happens in just three days, since the main characters meet until the end of the weekend when they are the best couple ever.
- The main character, Dave (Dylan) is perfect. He is a good boy who’s main interest is not sex and who actually wants to fall in love truly… fine, I do believe hope that there are still boys like him out there but what I hope the most is that there are boys as respectful, smart and HOT as him out there too!
But what I do love is that it expressed very well the thoughts, situations and emotions of this hormonal phase that includes social worries and romantic illusions along abrupt changes of opinion and interests. Being the most remarkable change how Aubrey and Dave fell in love of one another even though they were supposedly in love with other persons at the moment they met. It actually happens, is easy to change our minds at this age of highs and lows, hormones and wh+res.
Something else that surprised me was the representation of two stereotypes:
-> On one hand we find Aubrey trying too hard to fit in “the mature girl” stereotype, acting as the smartest one who’s not getting drunk or high, the one that respects her body and who’s dating an older guy but at the end we find out (at the same time she does too) that she is just an average teenager with the same urgency and concerns as any other and that it doesn’t make her worse nor better.
-> On the other hand is Jane Harmon (Victoria Justice) who’s an accurate representation of “the popular girl” that knows she’s pretty and take advantage of this.
She complains about boys being self-absorbed as she doesn’t realize that she is too. What’s more she totally friendzoned Dave who is a complete gentleman to her but she keeps complaining about boys and how none of them are gentlemen!
Some perfectly represented situations:
The way Dave always consulted his friends after any situation is so real!
It would be silly to think that a boy ain’t going to go to his friends and tell them everything he just did…
If girls do the same!
And also the way Aubrey’s boyfriend told Dave that he was going to have sex with Aubrey is something realistic because most some boys like to brag about it and again it would be too idealistic to expect them to keep the secret of something that is usually consider an achievement between them and not exactly a sentimental issue.
So boys and girls telling their friends about their life (before or after they do anything) is a fact we must deal with in real life too. Because when we are teenagers our friends become our conscience, and as Dave did, we enjoy considering different points of view before doing our next move. Or as Aubrey’s boyfriend did, we are at an age where the more attention we are looking for, the more we presume and also not every teenager keeps every aspect of their life as secrets.
And if you haven’t seen this movie yet I’m going to spare a major spoiler here and the only thing I’m saying about the most important scene of this movie -the first time scene- is that I can’t be more thankful for how realistic they ended it.
Along the movie they included some kind of moral details as the car crash of some drunk teenagers showing the fragility of life and how being drunk can seem too cool at a party but is too dangerous at reality.
Or Dave’s line when he says that sex is better before you do it because after that it is just sex… good pitch to abstinence!
In general I think it’s great how it represents teenage reality. A lot of confusion and excitement, funny moments, great memories but most of all a lot of learning. Usually I watch movies in which every movement or situation that the characters live I’m like “that’s so not possible in real life” but here every step seemed comprehensible, actually as if a friend was telling me about his/her life.
Yeah, I dig it.
P.S. Listen to this song that remind me of the movie, let’s see if you can relate it too!