Appearances: 2012: January 21 – 2012 Sundance Film Festival: The First Time Premiere (Add Ons)
Appearances: 2012: January 21 – The Variety Studio At The 2012 Sundance Film Festival – Day 1
Photoshoots: 2012: Session 1
If I have any issue with the film it is that it tries to be more glossy than it needs to be. The lead, Dylan O’Brien, feels like he’s a male model (heck, he stars in MTV’s Teen Wolf series), which makes it hard to imagine that he’s the loser geek that the story makes him out to be. That said, his awkward performance seems so natural that my hesitations went away about 20 minutes in. Britt Robertson‘s performance is front and center and will win you over — I’m convinced that we will see a lot more from her in the coming years.
It’s hard not to be won over by “The First Time,” though, since TV vets Britt Robertson (“The Secret Circle”) and Dylan O’Brien (“Teen Wolf”) are so utterly charming. Robertson, in particular, brings a brainy-pixie vibe that reminded me of the late, great Adrienne Shelley in those early Hal Hartley movies.
As for O’Brien, he’s certainly charismatic, but he’s tough to buy as the nerdy sensitive-guy (who another character actually calls “average-looking”) when he could clearly be an underwear model. Nonetheless, the two actors click as slightly-eccentric adolescents who feel like real people, even if they don’t always talk like them.
Appearances: 2012: January 21 – 2012 Sundance Film Festival: The First Time Premiere