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Mini's First Time

4.2 out of 5 stars 42 customer reviews

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Mini's First Time (DVD)

Alec Baldwin is Martin, the wealthy, clueless stepfather of Mini (played by Nikki Reed). She's clever and has a healthy libido. And she's on a mission to stir up as much trouble as she can before her high school graduation. It's pretty clear where Mini got her conniving streak from-her mom (Carrie-Anne Moss) who spends more time partying than with her husband. Diana quickly becomes the third wheel when Martin and Mini's relationship escalates. A series of disturbing events at their posh modern house finally prompts the arrival of John (Luke Wilson) as a nosey detective on the case. Jeff Goldblum delivers another shot of star quality playing the cheesy TV show host who lives next door. Part Heather and part Lolita, Mini's a girl to watch out for in this delightfully warped comedy.

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A nymphet with a grudge is usually a promising combination for a thriller, and Mini's First Time lays on the Lolita complex in the capable person of Thirteen star Nikki Reed. Having been a bad girl at a tender age in that one, Reed plays a slightly older but even more dangerous teen in Mini, as the lethal daughter of a wannabe Hollywood actress (Carrie-Anne Moss) who never was. Joining the ranks of professional escorts while still in high school, Mini has an unsavory "meet cute" with her future partner in crime: answering a call at a hotel, she sleeps with her surprised stepfather (Alec Baldwin). Pretty soon the odd couple is cooking up ways of getting the mother out of the picture--first by psychological war, then by, well, more extreme measures. Director Nick Guthe tries to draw out the Hollywood satire as well as the modern-noir elements, but the tone is too glib for the mix to sit well, and there isn't quite enough happening on either front for the movie to gain real traction. However, this HBO-produced picture does present a handful of delicious performances, led by Baldwin's marvelous portrait of a self-disgusted middle-aged man who might actually have fallen in love... the poor sap. Moss is a revelation in a comic role (she does an expert drunk act) and Jeff Goldblum contributes his uniquely discursive muttering to a few scenes. Luke Wilson plays a police detective so droll and laid-back he seems to have wandered in from a Wes Anderson film, or possibly an old episode of Columbo. --Robert Horton

Special Features

  • Commentary by writer/director Nick Guthe

Product Details

  • Actors: Alec Baldwin, Nikki Reed
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Closed-captioned, Color, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish, French
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
    R
    Restricted
  • Studio: HBO Studios
  • DVD Release Date: October 24, 2006
  • Run Time: 91 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (42 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000HC2LJE
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #69,728 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Mini's First Time" on IMDb

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Disappointed by family life, particularly her relationship with her mother, Mini rebels and becomes a person without remorse. She becomes a prostitute, in fact her stepfather is her second client. They start an affair and eventually team up to drive her mother insane, it works too well, and soon are investigated by a detective. Mini's First Time has no moral conscience so its definitely not for everyone, but for those who love imperfect characters and like femme fatales then this movie might be for you.
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I thoroughly enjoyed this movie! The only reason that I didn't rate it a five is because the ending was a little too predictable. However, I always enjoy seeing a beautiful, relentless, intelligent woman whose skilled in the deception of man. This movie just reiterates the fact that men lose their whole entire focus and common sense when consumed by the power of lust and the beauty of flesh. Very well done!
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Exciting movie with 18-year-old Nikki Reed, who starred in Thirteen as a 15 year-old, playing a high school senior who is very attractive, seductive, manipulative, clever, intelligent, self-centered, and dispassionate, who can have almost any man she wants, regardless of age, including her own stepfather Martin, played by 57-year-old Alec Baldwin, who is married to Mini's troubled and addictive mother Diane who is played by Carrie-Anne Moss. After they have sex when Mini is working as a call girl and Martin unknowingly becomes a customer, they begin a romantic relationship which results in Diane becoming an obstacle for them. At Mini's suggestion they murder her, despite Martin being initially reluctant to the plan. But Mini controls Martin and he becomes charged with the murder of Diane, while Mini goes free with her inheritance from her mother's death.
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"Mini's First Time" was in theatres for about ten minutes before quietly sneaking onto DVD. I had heard of the movie long before it slipped into theatres and didn't know it had been released on DVD until a couple weeks later. When I first heard the title, I thought it was a shameless way of getting people to see it. The title actually makes a lot of sense, so I'm going to tell you right now that movie has no nudity in it. It stars Nikki Reed, who co-starred in and co-wrote Thirteen. That movie scored Holly Hunter an Oscar nomination, jumpstarted Evan Rachel Wood's career, but Reed has just kind of chilled in the background; Appearing in movies like Lords of Dogtown and American Gun recently. The role she's playing here can be compared to the Barbara Stanwyck character in "Double Indemnity" and the Kathleen Turner character in "Body Heat." In fact, it could also be compared to Reed's own character from "Thirteen." In the end, it's like one big combination of them all. Reed plays Mini, the daughter of Diane (Carrie-Anne Moss, 'Memento') a Hollywood golddigger and wannabe actress who never made it after she was impregnated by a producer. Mini is in high school (but is apparently 18, since she's on the verge of graduating and smokes in front of cops and things like that) and obsessed with doing things for the first time. Sex, blackmail, murder, whatever. Her mother is married to a man named Martin (Alec Baldwin), who is unhappy with his marriage. He's a public relations guy, which Mini finds ironic since he's never in public with her mother and she doesn't remember the last time they had relations. After getting a (temporary) job as an escort girl, she finds herself in a room with Martin. Suddenly, they begin having an affair but realize that they need to get Mini's mother out of the picture.Read more ›
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Arrived on time, item as described. For $5 totally worth it--I had wanted to rent it online but no one had it available. Turns out that people in their 30's still find this movie pretty amusing. Obviously NOT for watching with kids/in-laws/anyone lacking a sense of crass humor ;-)
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Mini's First Time is directed by first timer Nick Guthe, who claims that the story is intended as a more accurate depiction of modern-day latchkey kids. Unfortunately, Mini's is not a particularly original tale; rather, it feels like another girls-gone-wild seductress story in the same vein as Swimming Pool, Pretty Persuasion, Doppelganger and Crush.

Neither Guthe's story nor direction are especially cutting edge. Instead, Guthe appears content trying to shock viewers again and again with Mini's nausea-inducing actions. Fortunately, Guthe has managed to assemble a cast that saves the script. Nikki Reed is Mini, a wealthy latchkey kid partially raised by her drunken mother Diane (Carrie-Anne Moss) and her stepfather stepfather Martin (Alec Baldwin). As her mother crawls through the day in-between the next bottle, Mini does whatever she wants while Martin tries desperately to play the part of husband and supportive stepfather.

Mini''s goal in life is experiencing a wide variety of "first times" as a cure for the boredom of her rich girl lifestyle. During one of these attempts, she joins a call-girl service and winds up with Martin as a John. She screws him anyway, but with the lights off so he doesn't know. When he figures it out, he's briefly upset with himself until Mini convinces him that they can screw on the side for a cheap thrill. As the affair escalates, Nikki begins to form a plan that will get her mother out of the way and make her the new queen of the castle.

Nikki Reed has a bright career ahead, especially if she's smart enough to play a different part soon before she is eternally pigeonholed as the trouble-making seductress. Baldwin is good as always, even if his character can often be hard to stomach.
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