What do you write about a movie as ruthlessly, robotically dirty-minded as The To Do List? Here is a film so utterly committed to providing gross-out punchlines for its lewd, one-joke premise that it ends up stranding a talented cast with a painfully stiff, horrifically out-of-touch script that does more to enforce gender stereotypes than shatter them.
The film centers on gawky high-school valedictorian Brandy Klark (Aubrey Plaza), who attempts to complete a check-list of sexual experiences before heading off to college. Getting in her way though is the competing attentions of sweet and sensitive Cameron (Johnny Simmons) and dreamboat Rusty Waters (Scott Porter), who complicate Brandy’s studious and organized approach to intercourse.
My gut reaction to The To Do List was not revulsion but rather, disappointment. This comedy was meant to cement Plaza’s status as one of Hollywood’s most talented young comediennes, following two other terrific »
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