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U.S. Dramatic*** (three stars)Jonathan Kasdan's "The First Time" is, by design, "a very John Hughes-ian romantic comedy," as the director put it. And it is indeed a lot like one of those great '80s teen movies updated for the 21st century.
Dylan O'Brien stars as Dave, a high school senior who pines for Jane (Victoria Justice). But he's not cool enough for her.One Friday night, Dave meets Aubrey (Britt Robertson), and over the next two days the initially awkward pair fall in love. Culminating, 43 hours after they meet, with them having their "first time." And it doesn't exactly go well.
"The First Time" perfectly captures the awkwardness of being a teenager. It's funny, it's heartfelt and the perfomances are great. It's a bit talky at times, but then so are teenagers.
Scott D. Pierce