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Parents' Guide to

The First Time

By S. Jhoanna Robledo, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 15+

Frank-but-approachable romcom about teens and sex.

Movie PG-13 2012 100 minutes
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A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this movie.

Community Reviews

age 16+

Based on 4 parent reviews

age 16+


Movie is an accurate, all be it awkward, representation of an intimate relationship between two consenting teens.
age 14+

Sweet teen love story

I think it’s a really sweet teen love story. Slightly uncomfortable in one scene. The boy struggles with the condom. My 16 year felt awkward. It’s shows teens the reality of your teen sex, not the glamorized usual teen movie.

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Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (4 ):
Kids say (20 ):

THE FIRST TIME is fairly straightforward and unimaginative in its linear storytelling, and the performances -- while sweet -- are burdened with too much effort. But it's kind of amazing in how it lays the subject of losing your virginity bare, without making it lewd or overly wrought. In so doing, it engages the audience, allowing them a look at what it's like to be a modern teenager in a world where sex seems either taken for granted or forbidden (hardly ever right in the complicated middle ground).

Plus, the actors talk like teenagers, ping-pong between emotions like teenagers, and admirably approximate what it's like to be faced with the question of losing your virginity. And it's to The First Time's credit that all this happens while they're neither shamed nor hyper-sexualized.

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