White Lion's "When the Children Cry" fills the interior of an '84 Ford Thunderbird. Condensation drips down the side of an unopened bottle of Boones' Farm as two silhouetted figures embrace in the back seat.
DAVID: I'm just getting sick of this shit. I mean, Joel and Tammy have fucked like four times.
TRACIE: But he told Tammy he loved her.
DAVID: I know, I love you more.
TRACIE: You promise. Because I love you so much.
DAVID: Yeah. I said I did.
The couple engage in... CUT
My first time would not be optioned by Hollywood. However, here are some memorable "first times" by directors who had better luck with their cinematic debuts.
• Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (1966)--Mike Nichols' first movie is a casting masterpiece. Richard Burton and Elizabeth Taylor are George and Martha, the first family of dysfunction. Academia sets the battleground as the new junior professor and his wife are invited over for drinks--which also happens to provide Martha a showcase for the failure of her archaic husband. Nichols simply puts the camera on this real life couple and allows art to imitate life (or is that life imitating art?). Whatever, this is a great movie.
• Hard Eight (1997)--A loser named John is down on his luck, when he encounters Sydney, a wise old gambler who knows the art of the con. Sydney is committed to helping young John, due to a mysterious past experience, which is later revealed. Paul Thomas Anderson's first film is a wonderfully acted but slow-paced relationship movie between two men who find marginal success in the casinos.
• Fresh (1994)-- A departure from your average urban street drama, Fresh tells the story of a 12-year-old boy rising in the ranks of the drug trade. After seeing his sweetheart gunned down by a local hood, Fresh finds revenge and escapes from the urban decay that surrounds him. Boaz Yakin's first directorial outing easily surpasses the more commercially successful gangsta films of its time. DAVID MORGAN