Sony Grabs Sundance's John Hughes Style Comedy 'The First Time'
Many of our favorite films from Sundance like Smashed, The End of Love and Safety Not Guaranteed have already been picked up for distribution, but there's one film that we didn't have enough time to cover at the festival that will also head to theaters after debuting at the Park City festival earlier this year. Jonathan Kasdan (son of filmmaker Lawrence Kasdan) will see his film The First Time distributed by Sony Pictures according to a press release sent to Deadline. It's a high school romance that follows a pair of teens who strike a chord with each other and share a weekend together after a chance meeting at a party.
Dave (played by Dylan O'Brien), a senior about to graduate, and Aubrey (played by Britt Robertson), a junior from a different school, meet one night at a party. What begins as a casual conversation soon turns into something more intimate, more romantic, and more complicated than either of them is ready for. The film also features great supporting cast members like Victoria Justice, James Frenchville, LaMarcus Tucker, Maggie Elizabeth Jones, and the scene stealing Craig Roberts from Submarine. Even Christine Taylor makes an appearance as one of the reasonable parents in the film.
With a bit of a John Hughes flare for modern times and thoughtful treatment of today's teen civilization, the film is a well-written dive into what it's like to fall in love for the first time, and the other experiences one can have with that life-changing experience. With dialogue making teens seems a bit wise beyond their years and a love for the indie music of today, it's about as close we'll get to a John Hughes revival in today's day and age. It's the kind of film that teens will easily relate to and will likely have them diving into all sorts of other independent films, like a Before Sunrise for the next generation. It should serve as quite the launching point for Britt Robertson who will easily become the high school crush of plenty of teens after this flick hits theaters. We'll keep you updated when a release date becomes clear.