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  • Summary: Portrays an unlikely bond between two total opposites. As their relationship develops, a friendship that seemed impossible becomes inevitable. (Paramount Classics)
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  1. Positive: 11 out of 27
  2. Negative: 7 out of 27
  1. A human-scale comedy that reaches across generations to tickle, connect and embrace.
  2. Reviewed by: Jay Carr
    Risks seeming too earnestly therapeutic for its own good. But what makes My First Mister a successful feature directing debut for Lahti is the emotional veracity it summons.
  3. 75
    About reaching out, about seeing the other person, about having something to say and being able to listen. So what if the ending is in autopilot? At least it's a flight worth taking.
  4. 50
    A bathetic TV-movie-type "learning experience" that provides about as much insight into teenagers as 40s westerns did into Indians--it's all in the costumes and customs.
  5. 50
    Lahti's feature directorial debut plays like a watered-down variation ("Ghost World") -- that is, until the final third, when the film not only deviates but flat out derails.
  6. Reviewed by: Todd McCarthy
    Lahti's feature directorial debut walks an innocuous middle line between the story's maudlin possibilities and its meaningful potential.
  7. 16
    Intelligent teens will hate this film, and adults will just be embarrassed.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 12
  2. Negative: 0 out of 12
  1. PatriciaS.
    Aug 21, 2006
    Every year, there is a movie that I love every minute of and have to immediately watch again for the sheer enjoyment of it. This film is it for me this year. I eschew the comments from those who question the reality of the teen character or the wonderful ending. As a high school teacher, mother of 5 and a former teen, it amazed me in its insights. The performances by all cast were top notch. This has made my "Need to See Every Year List." As for the critics, they work so hard to keep their jobs by practicing what Rob Brezny calls "pop nihilism." A steady stream of social cynicism is boring, lazy and has gotten very old. Expand
  2. JoeQ.
    Mar 27, 2007
    Not for the sophisticate but rings true. Fine work by the principals - Sobieki & Brooks most for all - no false surfaces.
  3. Lain
    May 28, 2007
    It's a great movie. Critics say it was too cliche? How old are these critics? They seem to have forgotten what it felt like to be that age. Intelligent teens will find this movie interesting and relate to the notion of leaving teen-angst behind, to come to a better understanding of the world around them. Adults might just remember that 9-5 routines aside, they are not all that dead yet and still have that strong will to live free. Very good acting and directing. I'd recommend it anytime. Expand

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