|My First Mister|
Leelee Sobieski, Albert Brooks, John Goodman, Carol Kane, Michael McKean
Widescreen; closed caption; English subtitles; commentary by director Christine Lahti.
|Leelee Sobieski ("Joy Ride"), as an alienated, morose suburban teenager, and Albert Brooks, as the repressed, middle-aged manager of a men's clothing store, are the oddest of couples in actress Christine Lahti's cute feature-film directorial debut. Yes, that Albert Brooks, the writer/director/star of such smart, cynical comedies as "Lost in America." He didn't write or direct "My First Mister," which succumbs to some seriously un-Brookslike sentiment. Still, he's right on the mark as Randall, a drab, portly nebbish whose life revolves around his business until pierced, tattooed Goth-chick Jennifer (Sobieski) hits the mall and decides to find work in his clothing store. Jennifer needs money to move into her own place, since she can't stand her overprotective mom (Carol Kane) and wimpy stepfather (Michael McKean) and can't relate to her spaced-out hippie dad (John Goodman). But Jennifer gets more than a job from Randall. Initially, their friendship is sweet. Then, things get sticky and too, too heavy.|