The loss of virginity plotline is a staple of teen flicks, as is the wild party setting. On that front, Jon Kasdan‘s The First Time offers nothing new. But since its Sundance premiere, this little coming of age tale has drawn praise for being an uncommonly charming example of the subgenre. Peter called it Can’t Hardly Wait meets John Hughes,” and that’s exactly what it looks like — familiar, perhaps, but sweet and smart enough to become a minor high school classic in its own right.

Dylan O’Brien (Teen Wolf) stars as awkward Dave, who carries a torch for his popular best friend Jane (Victoria Justice, Fun Size). That is, until he meets sarcastic Aubrey (Britt Robertson, The Secret Circle), who in turn is dating a douchebag named Ronny (James Frecheville, Animal Kingdom). Craig Roberts (Submarine) and Lamarcus Tinker (Friday Night Lights) round out the young, up-and-coming cast as Dave’s buddies. Watch the trailer after the jump.


David Michôd has had a pretty big year at Sundance. Hesher, which he wrote along with director Spencer Susser, was one of the most anticipated films of the festival (read Peter’s review here). He also directed Animal Kingdom, an Australian crime drama starring Guy Pearce, Ben Mendelsohn, and newcomer James Frecheville. I have no compunction about saying that Animal Kingdom was one of my most favorite films of Sundance. Hit the jump for some of my thoughts, as well as a video review I recorded with members of our blogger condo.

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