My First Mister

Released 2001


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Christine Lahti (I)
My First Mister is a drama film that tells the heart touching story of a woman who tries to reunite a man with his son before he dies. Jennifer Wilso (Leelee Sobieski) is a 17-year-old who takes a liking to a 49-year-old manager of a clothing store, Randall Harris (Albert Brooks). He decides to give Jennifer a job as a stockroom clerk in his store. The two form an unlikely friendship, with Randall even giving Jennifer an advance on her salary so she can get an apartment. One day, as Randall is taking a walk, he collapses on the street which leads to Jennifer learning that he has terminal Leukemia. He is taken to a hospital while Jennifer goes to his home to collect his belongings. Jennifer soon learns that Randall was once married, she drives to his ex-wife's address to inform her that he is dying. When she gets there, she learns that his ex-wife passed away six months earlier. However, a young man, Randy (Desmond Harrington), informs her that the woman who died was his mother and that he is the son of Randall. She makes her mission to reunite father and son before Randall dies.moreless

Metacritic Score

  • 80

    The New York Times Lawrence Van Gelder

    Leelee Sobieski and Albert Brooks, especially Mr. Brooks, deliver outstanding performances in the first feature film to be directed by Ms. Lahti.

  • 70

    Los Angeles Times Kevin Thomas

    In its first two-thirds, My First Mister, which marks Christine Lahti's feature directorial debut, looks to be a winner. But it takes a disastrously wrong turn toward the end that ...

  • 40

    Variety Todd McCarthy

    Lahti's feature directorial debut walks an innocuous middle line between the story's maudlin possibilities and its meaningful potential.


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      • Leelee Sobieski had a number of body piercings done especially for her role in this movie. Prior to the start of production, she had both nostrils, both eyebrows, her lower lip and navel pierced especially. She also had the cartilage in both ears pierced multiple times. One piercing she did not already have, and did not have done for the movie, was her earlobes. Like Leelee, the character of Jennifer did not have pierced earlobes, to which a reference is made in the script. Following the end of production, Leelee removed all of the piercings, but kept the jewelry as a souvenir of the movie.

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    Comedy, Drama


    Dramedy, Love & Romance, Romantic Comedy