My First Mister


Despite the fact that this DVD has a terrible cover, I was bound to hire it because it featured the one and only LEELEE! – an actress who has never failed to impress me but has yet to make the big time.

My First MisterHer pairing with Albert Brooks in My First Mister is fantastic. These two work wonderfully together. You can tell Brooks is an old hand at acting, and whilst Sobieski’s character starts out being an aggravating snob, she too shines in this very gooey yet rewarding film.

There is an amazing supporting cast here also. Carol Kane, John Goodman and Desmond Harrington appear in small roles that help give this film a stable base upon which to manoeuvre. Harrington is obviously breaking the mould by appearing in a film that isn’t a thriller (Ghost Ship, The Hole), so bully for him.

I’m not sure why this film has such a bad title, and I’m amazed that any studio execs thought that it would sell the film. They apparently didn’t have much faith in this film performing well in Australia, as it bypassed the cinemas and slid onto shelves quietly (and in no great number) quite a long time after it was made. My First Mister is a good solid piece of drama, however, and definitely succeeded in tugging at my heart strings.

Rating: 3 stars
Review by Stuart Wilson, 27th July 2004
Hoopla Factor: 3 stars

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