‘The First Time,’ reviewed by Marshall Fine


Jon Kasdan’s “The First Time” captures one of those moments in life when you only hope you have the presence of mind to absorb every detail so that you can savor it later.

It’s that moment when you were in exactly the right place at the right time to meet that special someone with whom you make an instant, almost cellular connection. It doesn’t have to be a sexual attraction so much as a meeting of the minds, one that creates a bond strong enough to last. It might not actually last – but it’s strong enough to feel as though it will.

In Kasdan’s universe, the two who meet are Dave (Dylan O’Brien) and Aubrey (Brittany Robertson). Same age, different high schools,  they’re both at a party in an unfamiliar neighborhood in hopes of seeing someone specific, without luck. Instead, they wind up talking to each other and find that it’s, well, easy in a really pleasant way. So they wander off into the San Fernando Valley night, creating a relationship that seems to have possibilities.

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