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      My First Mister

      R Released Oct 19, 2001 1h 48m Comedy Drama List
      53% Tomatometer 81 Reviews 75% Audience Score 5,000+ Ratings Leelee Sobieski is brash, abrasive and vulnerable as a teenage child of divorce who hides her pain behind a mask of hard-edged gothic rebellion. Albert Brooks plays a man who is her total opposite, a precise and well-ordered menswear store owner of forty-nine who manages limited expectations and protects lonely secrets with pleasant ritual and quiet, ironic reserve. These two total opposites collide in conflict then come together in a surprising alliance, changing each other's lives forever. Read More Read Less
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      Though well-acted, My First Mister succumbs to contrived sentimentality in its last half.

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      Russell Smith Austin Chronicle Rated: 2.5/5 Oct 28, 2001 Full Review Jay Boyar Orlando Sentinel Sobieski's performance in this role pretty much kills off the film. Oct 25, 2001 Full Review Paul Tatara CNN.com Franklin's gooey, implausible script is too ridiculous to support unexpected bouts of sincerity, and the darkness is seldom as profound as it should be. Oct 25, 2001 Full Review Tracy Moore Common Sense Media Offbeat friendship is provocative, dark, but sweet. Rated: 3/5 Apr 1, 2015 Full Review Felix Vasquez Jr. Cinema Crazed Terrible script, terrible plot, clichs and plot holes galore... Apr 29, 2009 Full Review Rob Gonsalves Rob's Movie Vault The actors earn the couple of salty drops you may shed at the end -- the script sure doesn't. Rated: B- Aug 25, 2008 Full Review Read all reviews

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      Audience Member Stupendously underrated.... I stumbled across this feature twenty years after its release. As a now 66 year old male it is glaringly evident that this was never intended to appeal to my interest group. Regardless, I find this to be an astonishingly charming film about the disassociation we are all familiar with -- some to greater extremes than others. At this time, in this era (2021) this could not be made -- even as an independent production -- due to the over-arching sensibilities of PC consideration to outré connotation. The story advances quickly enough that even a small interest will be rewarded with insightful humor that will appeal to most everyone before the lack of percussive action begins to tax the attention of many possible viewers. This takes me back to the character studies I watched in the late 1970s from various small european producers with a poetic slant, featured at The Movie House in Portland Oregon once upon a century, dimly remembered by most but warmly so by me. Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars 02/02/23 Full Review Frances H Only a cynical critic would say that this movie is contrived--I loved it, and so would anyone with an ounce of humanity! The relationship between these two lonely souls so diametrically different was funny and wonderful to watch! It touched me deeply as a celebration of love and acceptance. So totally rewarding to watch! Do yourself a favor and see it! Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars 04/24/18 Full Review Audience Member Grade A for me. If you are a professional critic, or are otherwise constitutionally opposed to sentimentality, then fuhgeddaboudit. But if you are like me, this is the good stuff. Rated 5 out of 5 stars 01/30/23 Full Review Audience Member "17 year old girl befriends 49 year old man." That synopsis probably has you going "Uh oh, 'Lolita' Alert," but thankfully, the movie doesn't go there. It is offbeat, refreshing, funny, sad, and altogether wonderful. Sure, it gets a little sappy in the end, but it's a GOOD kind of sappy, the kind that makes you feel better about yourself and makes you want to call your parents. In other words, this is about real emotions, not Hallmark sentimentality. Teens and middle aged men who feel alone in the world should both seek out this movie, because it's a delightful little treasure. Rated 3 out of 5 stars 02/03/23 Full Review Audience Member Weird....... But enjoyable Rated 3 out of 5 stars 01/22/23 Full Review Harrison R Worst fiction movie I've ever seen Rated 1 out of 5 stars 05/27/23 Full Review Read all reviews
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      Synopsis Leelee Sobieski is brash, abrasive and vulnerable as a teenage child of divorce who hides her pain behind a mask of hard-edged gothic rebellion. Albert Brooks plays a man who is her total opposite, a precise and well-ordered menswear store owner of forty-nine who manages limited expectations and protects lonely secrets with pleasant ritual and quiet, ironic reserve. These two total opposites collide in conflict then come together in a surprising alliance, changing each other's lives forever.
      Director
      Christine Lahti
      Producer
      Jane Goldenring, Carol Baum, Sukee Chew, Anne Kurtzman
      Screenwriter
      Jill Franklyn
      Distributor
      Paramount Pictures
      Production Co
      Film Roman, Inc., Total Film Group, ApolloMedia, Firelight Films
      Rating
      R (Some Sexual Material|Language)
      Genre
      Comedy, Drama
      Original Language
      English
      Release Date (Theaters)
      Oct 19, 2001, Wide
      Release Date (Streaming)
      Feb 19, 2016
      Box Office (Gross USA)
      $621.4K
      Runtime
      1h 48m
      Sound Mix
      Dolby Stereo, Dolby Digital, Dolby A, Surround, Dolby SR
      Aspect Ratio
      Flat (1.85:1)