Sappy, predictable MOW

The First Time is a cheesy little movie-of-the-week from the early eighties. Mother and daughter (a young Jennifer Jason Leigh) are being pressured by their current boyfriends to have sex, but are resistant. There's complications - both boyfriends end up leaving their lives for different reasons. There's the fun-loving grandmother, played by Harriet Nelson, who encourages everyone to lighten up.

The story is played very straight, a standard exploration of various relationship issues. There's nothing much remarkable about film technique. The acting isn't bad, but occasionally some of the things they say are just so unrealistic, especially some of the sex talk. Really, there's no particular reason to recommend this, unless you're researching views of relationships of the early eighties. It doesn't suck, but there's not much good to say about it either.

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