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Mini's First Time (R)

Release Date: July 14th, 2006 (AMC/Loews Village 7 and AMC Empire 25) by First Independent Pictures.
The Cast: Alec Baldwin, Nikki Reed, Luke Wilson, Carrie-Anne Moss, Jeff Goldblum.
Directed by Nick Guthe.

BASIC PREMISE: Mini (Reed) plots with Martin (Baldwin), her stepfather, to make her mother (Moss) clinically insane, but ends up murdering her instead.

ENTERTAINMENT VALUE: Mini’s First Time feels just as satirical as Heathers and Heartbreakers while remaining fresh and funny. The real star here is the sexy Nikki Reed who brings lots of charm to Mini, a seductive teenager who comes from a wealthy home and works for an escort agency. Reed even manages to make Mini surprisingly likeable despite her devious actions. While at the agency, Mini accidentally seduces and sleeps with a client who happens to be her step-father. To keep their relationship going steadily, Martin and Mini plot to get rid of Mini’s mother, Diane, by having her sent to an asylum—with the help of drugs and alcohol. The second act actually begins when they end up murdering Diane and make it look like a suicide. A detective (Wilson) becomes suspicious and follows the case closely while a nosy neighbor (Goldblum) also gets tangled up in the web of deceit. Will Martin and Mini get away with murder? Writer/director Nick Guthe doesn’t make the answer to this question as predictable as you’d think although it. The plot doesn’t get too complex, but it does get more and more perverse, dark and surprising—thanks to the tongue-in-cheek humor and satirical script full of witty one-liners. After all, this isn’t the standard murder mystery movie that takes itself seriously; it’s just a pure guilty, seductive pleasure.

SPIRITUAL VALUE: None is required or desired.

INSULT TO YOUR INTELLIGENCE: None, as long as you suspend your disbelief.


IN A NUTSHELL: A clever, seductive and refreshing dark comedy. The true meaning of a ‘guilty pleasure’.

RECOMMENDED WAY TO WATCH: Movie Theater (1st Run)

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