First Date Review: Teen Action Comedy Fizzles Out Early
A shy teenager gets into a lot of trouble while trying to date his scathing neighbor. First date It has the pieces of a quirky teen action comedy, but it never puts the puzzle together in an interesting way. The amateur directing and the significant lack of chemistry from the young leads doom the film from the start. The silly supporting characters add some humor, but not enough to rescue the slow pace. First date unfortunately he strikes out even before reaching first base. First Date Review
The film begins with the extremely shy Mike (Tyson Brown) and his obnoxious best friend, Brett (Josh Fesler), riding bikes in their suburban California neighborhood. Mike sees the attractive Kelsey (Shelby duclos) working out in your family’s garage. They share a sweet, lingering look before Mike gets hit by Chet (Brandon Kraus), a popular sportsman with a Porsche. Humiliated and dejected, Mike returns home as a concerned Kelsey watches.
Brett stole Kelsey’s number from a classmate’s phone. She convinces Mike to call her. After an awkward interaction, Mike gets Kelsey to set up a date that night. But Mike’s parents are taking their minivan to Las Vegas. They are delighted that your child is on a date. Reminding her that the condoms are in a drawer, “We don’t want any grandchildren yet.” Brett convinces Mike to look at a used car he found online. Mike takes his life savings and is quickly tricked into buying a rusty ’70s Chrysler New Yorker from the kind Dennis (Scott E. Noble). As Mike babbles to pick up Kelsey, he could never imagine the crazy danger ahead. Various criminal groups will stop at nothing to get the car back.
The mystery at the center of the film is not that difficult to decipher. The voluntary suspension of disbelief allows a naive teenager to buy a broken thing without looking in the trunk. It’s pretty obvious what the bad guys are after. Where the movie really goes south is Mike’s constant ineptitude in dealing with an endless stream of bizarre events. The filmmakers try to build Mike’s courage for the heroic acts of the third act. It doesn’t work because it’s too dumb. The dumbest and weakest child would have acted smarter in every invented situation.
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Directors / co-writers Manuel Crosby and Darren Knapp fail to establish a good relationship between their lead actors. Mike and Kelsey actually spend little time together in front of the screen. So those moments have to be magical for the audience to support the couple. They mix like oil and water. It is unclear why Kelsey has any interest in Mike. Plus, Crosby and Knapp’s camera work leaves a lot to be desired. They make excessive use of reaction shots and tend to linger too long in one scene. The result is a painfully slow first act from which the film never recovers.
First date it is not a total failure. The supporting set offers some laughs. They are the saving grace of the movie. Jesse Janzen co-stars in “The Captain,” whose gang of idiots is trying to find the car. The problem is that they are also in a book club. And discuss Steinbeck’s “Of Mice and Men” as he hunts down hapless Mike. The movie could have been more entertaining focusing on that angle than the boring teenagers. First date is a Visit Films and Cinexus Pictures production. It will have a simultaneous release in theaters and Apple TV + on July 2 from Magnet Releasing.
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