My First Mister

Rated 4.0

An unlikely friendship springs up between a frumpy, middle-aged haberdasher (Albert Brooks) and a smart-ass goth teenager (Leelee Sobieski). This film bears a thematic resemblance to Terry Zwigoff’s Ghost World, but this time it’s tailored to audiences identifying more with the older man than with the teenager. The story resorts to melodrama toward the end—hardly needed with such real characters and good performances. Anyhow, no great harm done; Brooks and Sobieski shine throughout. The supporting cast includes Mary Kay Place as Brooks’ friend, and Carol Kane and an uncredited John Goodman as Sobieski’s parents.