Review: ‘The First Time’

The First Time is a mild but entertaining first feature by writer-director Charlie Loventhal and producer Sam Irvin, former assistants to Brian De Palma. Dealing fictionally with Loventhal's growing-up adventures while a student at formerly all-girls school Sarah Lawrence, the comedy owes much to De Palma's freewheeling satires made in the 1960s.

The First Time is a mild but entertaining first feature by writer-director Charlie Loventhal and producer Sam Irvin, former assistants to Brian De Palma. Dealing fictionally with Loventhal’s growing-up adventures while a student at formerly all-girls school Sarah Lawrence, the comedy owes much to De Palma’s freewheeling satires made in the 1960s.

Charlie (Tim Choate) is an odd-man-out at college: unable to score with the pretty (but believably so) girls there while his black room-mate Ronald (Raymond Patterson) shows off and gives him tips.

While pursuing an unattainable dream girl Dana (Krista Errickson), Charlie links up with another lonely soul Wendy (Wendy Fulton), and ultimately loses his virginity with the inevitable older woman Karen (Jane Badler).

Choate is very sympathetic in the lead role, matched by the sex appeal of Errickson, naturalism of Fulton and comedy sex-bomb Wendie Jo Sperber.

The First Time

Production

New Line/Goldmine. Director Charlie Loventhal; Producer Sam Irvin; Screenplay Charlie Loventhal, Susan Weiser-Finley, William Franklin Finley; Camera Steve Fierberg; Editor Stanley Vogel; Music Lanny Meyers; Art Director Tom Surgal

Crew

(Color) Available on VHS. Extract of a review from 1983. Running time: 95 MIN.

With

Tim Choate Krista Errickson Marshall Efron Wendy Fulton Raymond Patterson Jane Badler
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