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Albert Brooks and Leelee Sobieski make an unlikely duo in the comedy drama My First Mister. Paramount has done a fine job at making sure that this 1.85:1 anamorphic widescreen transfer appears free and clear of any excessive imperfections or defects. The color patterns all appear solid and well-defined with the black levels well saturated and even. Except for a small amount of edge enhancement, this is a very nice-looking image. The audio is presented in Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround as well as Dolby 2.0 Surround, ...
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Albert Brooks and Leelee Sobieski make an unlikely duo in the comedy drama My First Mister. Paramount has done a fine job at making sure that this 1.85:1 anamorphic widescreen transfer appears free and clear of any excessive imperfections or defects. The color patterns all appear solid and well-defined with the black levels well saturated and even. Except for a small amount of edge enhancement, this is a very nice-looking image. The audio is presented in Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround as well as Dolby 2.0 Surround, both in English. The 5.1 mix on this disc is subtle yet effective, with the main directional effects are focused through the music score and background noises. Also included on this disc are English subtitles. The extra features on My First Mister are on the low side. While an included commentary track by director Christine Lahti is informative and often amusing, nary a theatrical trailer or featurette is to be found on the disc.
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Special Features

Commentary by director Christine Lahti; Widescreen version enhanced for 16 x 9 TVs; Dolby Digital English 5.1 Surround; English Dolby Surround; Menus; Scene selection
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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Karl Williams
A remarkable film that works its emotional hooks into an audience with a gradual, assured patience that is astonishing coming from a debut feature filmmaker, this comedy drama is smart, truthful, and (most importantly) genuinely funny. Despite material that is likely to be considered "slight" in the era of commonplace 100-million-dollar-plus productions, director Christine Lahti's film, particularly coming on the heels of her Oscar win for the short subject Lieberman in Love (1995), places her in the ranks of such other performers-turned-directors as Woody Allen and Clint Eastwood. The script, by former Seinfeld writer Jill Franklyn, is a sharp, sympathetic examination of two people smart enough to immediately have each other's number, as well as to know that their reclusive tendencies are unhealthy, even in the face of a mutual unwillingness to change. In that sense, the film bears similarities to As Good As It Gets (1997), a project sure to exceed this one in terms of awards, critical acclaim, and audience attention. That's because, in place of a romantic pas de deux between Jack Nicholson and Helen Hunt, the filmmakers offer up a wistful, didactic friendship between a 49-year-old man and a 17-year-old goth chick. That those roles are filled by actors as iconoclastic as Albert Brooks, who rarely acts in anything stupid and so rarely acts, and Leelee Sobieski, a teen who must turn down scores of teen films but has played Joan of Arc, is further indication that mainstream audiences won't find much paint-by-numbers emotional clarity here. The central relationship in the film never becomes sexual, but sexuality is a factor that's not ignored; the characters never quite figure out what exactly it is that attracts them to each other, although there are obvious similarities of temperament and taste that are not immediately apparent on the surface. What My First Mister (2001) does offer is psychological depth, a sense of playfulness about life's frustrations and ambiguities, and challenging questions about the nature of relationships in lieu of pat, reassuring platitudes.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/23/2002
  • UPC: 097363389149
  • Original Release: 2001
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  • Source: Paramount
  • Region Code: 1
  • Aspect Ratio: Cinemascope (2.35:1)
  • Presentation: Wide Screen
  • Sound: Dolby Surround, Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround
  • Language: English
  • Time: 1:49:00
  • Format: DVD

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Albert Brooks Randall ("R")
Leelee Sobieski Jennifer ("J")
Desmond Harrington Randy
Carol Kane Mrs. Benson
Mary Kay Place Patty [Nurse]
Michael McKean Bob
John Goodman Benjamin
Technical Credits
Christine Lahti Director
Carol Baum Producer
Dan Bishop Production Designer
Wendy Greene Bricmont Editor
Jill Franklyn Screenwriter
Gerald Green Executive Producer
Andy Hill Musical Direction/Supervision
Amanda Mackey-Johnson Casting
Jeffrey Jur Cinematographer
Kathe Klopp Set Decoration/Design
Gary Kosko Art Director
Robert Kurtzman Executive Producer
Steve Porcaro Score Composer
Cathy Sandrich Casting
Kimberly A. Tillman Costumes/Costume Designer
Douglas Tourtelot Sound/Sound Designer
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Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Eulogies
2. "Brisket's Ready."
3. Employment Sucks
4. "Need a Hand?"
5. Grandma Visits
6. Coffee With My Lover
7. Friendship and Trust
8. Redeemable Promises
9. Parents
10. Afraid of Everything
11. The Good Stuff
12. Limited Options
13. Sara's Son
14. Family Love
15. "Dad!"
16. Being a Better Daughter
17. A Small, Enormous Thing
18. The Special "F" Words
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Menu

Side #1 --
   Play
   Set Up
      English 5.1 Surround
      English Dolby Surround
      Commentary by Director Christine Lahti
      Subtitles Options: English
      Subtitles Options: None
   Scene Selections
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Exceptional

    I found this movie about a year ago, and I'd never heard of it. Simply, I loved this movie. The script made a great portrayal of J and Goth in general. There was none of the "Goths are killers" stereotype. The plot was interesting, to see how someone like myself could have a life-altering series of events. I don't really know what else to say, but just watch the movie.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Deeply realistic

    I could relate to Leelee Sobieski's character 'J' so closely. It's almost freaky how well she portrayed the people like me in the world without being fake or phoney. There are very few movies that I have related to so well like this one.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Witty, Warm and Unexpected Experience

    My First Mister is a masterpiece of mind, matter and heart. Two people from different spectrums meet, and within a moment of time form an alliance that changes them both. It is not a typical love story, but one that is worth seeing and sharing for life is not often seen in this fantastic, funny, friendly film. More f words, the speech was the best summary for the film.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Look Beyond the Plot

    At first I admit to being pretty much irritated by the fact of the sort of relationship this movie was portraying. Why on earth would a 49 year old man want to associate with a 17 year old girl? If you were anyone who can see beyond the age and sex you would find the same that I did. It's obvious Jennifer never had a father-figure in her life and she felt a constant growth of feeling trapped. Later in the film we find that Randall was himself in a spiral of fear. He could not let ANYONE get close to him. You may say that he connected with J so well because they had something in common. R felt a need to help J because she was so young and he didn't want her to develope the same relationship techniques he had lived with for the past twenty or more years. Plus the fact she had issues on self infliction and shutting her mother out, R knew J needed help. I really enjoyed the film because it didn't deal with anything to graphic in a sexual nature. It touched on it briefly but the movie focused itself on the story of two opposite persons with each a different path, who managed to help each other to reach the path they truly wanted. This movie is given 5 stars by me because the acting was great, morality was good, and it flowed smoothly.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    mike v

    A movie which shows the different opposing sides in which a person lives a life. Yet when one looks deeper into the soul and tries to seek a relationship creates a crucial bond in a man's life. This bond changed that man's life and created long lasting ties with others. A must see if you enjoyed Life as a House or Ghost World. I am in search of movies as warmed hearted as this. One intwines in this movie seeing it one selection at a time.

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