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My First Mister (2001)

A 17-year-old girl has a troubled relationship with a 49-year-old man.

Director:

Christine Lahti

Writer:

Jill Franklyn
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Rutanya Alda ... Woman at Apartment
Natasha Braisewell Natasha Braisewell ... Girl in Vintage
Albert Brooks ... Randall - 'R'
Henry Brown ... Jack Taylor - Salesman
Gary Bullock ... Mr. Smithman
Kevin Cooney ... Doctor
Nic Costa ... Blaine - Surfer Boy
William Forward ... Customer
John Goodman ... Benjamin
Desmond Harrington ... Randy
Shawn Huff ... Woman at R's Store
Carol Kane ... Mrs. Benson
Michael McKean ... Bob
Chadwick Palmatier Chadwick Palmatier ... Manager
Pauley Perrette ... Bebe
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Storyline

Jennifer does not fit in. A total misfit, she's as wacky as a teenager can be. Goth-ed out with multiple piercings, tattoos, and dyed hair, she listens to strange music, watches vintage TV, eats primarily chocolate, and self injures. But now high school is over and she needs a job. Can she possibly have anything in common with the overweight middle-aged man in the haberdashery window? He gives her a job, not to mention a real friendship. Written by Martin Lewison <milst1@yahoo.com>

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Taglines:

Mismatched. Misguided. Unmistakably friends. See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language and some sexual material | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Official Sites:

Paramount Classics

Country:

Germany | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

26 October 2001 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Educando a J. See more »

Filming Locations:

Santa Clarita, California, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$5,250,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$102,456, 14 October 2001

Gross USA:

$568,762

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$595,005
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Leelee Sobieski's character, Jennifer, has a number of facial piercings, and cartilage piercings in both ears, but does not have her earlobes pierced - to which a reference is made in the movie. At the time the movie was made, Leelee herself did not have pierced earlobes, as she did not have them done until 2006. Specially for her part in this movie, she did, however, have both nostrils, both eyebrows and her lip pierced, along with the cartilage of both ears. After filming was completed, she removed the piercings and allowed them to close up again, but kept the jewelry as a souvenir of the movie. See more »

Goofs

Reflected in the glass of the VW Beetle as it's being towed by the pickup truck. See more »

Quotes

Benjamin: Fun? Fun was dropping acid in the 60's. Fun was streaking at my sister's prom. Fun was staging a sit-in at a titty bar on Sunset. This... this is very bad Fellini we're about to enter into.
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Features Win Ben Stein's Money (1997) See more »

Soundtracks

Beyond the Sea
(La Mer)
Music by Charles Trenet
French lyrics by Charles Trenet
English lyrics by Jack Lawrence
Performed by Bobby Caldwell
Used by Permission of Sin-Drome Records
(Publishers: Universal Polygram International Publishing, Inc., MPL Music Publishing, The Sukin Law Group on behalf of France Music Corp.)
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She-he, Spring-Autumn, cry-laugh
24 April 2002 | by =G=See all my reviews

A feel good weeper comedy/light-drama, "My First Mister" tells of the coming of age of a teenaged pin cushion goth female (Sobrieski) who's into self mutilation and talking to dead people and her platonic love affair with a middle aged conservative and phobic man (Brooks). In this flick about strange bedfellows and a Spring/Autumn relationship, Lahti turns the lens on the female character illuminating many of the insecurities which beset and befuddle teen females and proves once again on celluloid that love conquers all. As the film wears on it plateaus and becomes somewhat muddled by unnecessary quirky characters and an side plot about Brook's past in an apparent attempt to jerk the last tear and keep feel good moments coming. Nonetheless, rising star Sobrieski proves to be a capable and durable centerpiece for a film worth watching front to back.


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