5.8/10
36,388
85 user 101 critic

The To Do List (2013)

Trailer
2:29 | Trailer
Feeling pressured to become more sexually experienced before she goes to college, Brandy Klark makes a list of things to accomplish before hitting campus in the fall.

Director:

Maggie Carey

Writer:

Maggie Carey
Reviews
Popularity
2,711 ( 942)

Videos

Photos

Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Aubrey Plaza ... Brandy Klark
Johnny Simmons ... Cameron
Bill Hader ... Willy
Alia Shawkat ... Fiona
Sarah Steele ... Wendy
Scott Porter ... Rusty Waters
Rachel Bilson ... Amber
Christopher Mintz-Plasse ... Duffy
Andy Samberg ... Van
Donald Glover ... Derrick
Adam Pally ... Chip
D.C. Pierson ... Hillcrest Lifeguard #1
Dominic Dierkes ... Hillcrest Lifeguard #2
Connie Britton ... Mrs. Klark
Clark Gregg ... Judge Klark
Edit

Storyline

Brandy Klark (Aubrey Plaza) has just graduated from high school where she excelled in every subject, except real-life sexual education. When her older sister tells her how important it is to be experienced, Brandy writes out a sex to do list for herself for the summer. Her friend Cameron might be the perfect guinea pig while she sets her sights on the popular and sexy Rusty Waters as the ultimate end goal. But once feelings get in the way, it becomes much harder for Brandy to check off the remaining items on her sex to do list. Written by napierslogs

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

She's going from straight A's to her first F.

Genres:

Comedy | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for pervasive strong crude and sexual content including graphic dialogue, drug and alcohol use, and language - all involving teens | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

View content advisory »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

The setting for the movie was based on writer and director Maggie Carey's high school in Boise, Idaho. Carey graduated from Borah High in 1993, and sculpted many locations in the film to the surrounding area, including Big Bun and Borah Pool. See more »

Goofs

Chip calls Amber from Las Vegas where he is seeing Phish. Phish did not play their first Las Vegas show until 1996. See more »

Quotes

Judge Klark: There are doors we don't do. The back door is one of them.
See more »

Connections

References Home Improvement (1991) See more »

Soundtracks

Fade Into You
Written by Hope Sandoval and David Roback
Performed by Mazzy Star
Courtesy of Capitol Records, LLC
Under license from EMI Film & Television Music
See more »

User Reviews

 
Hilariously raunchy
30 July 2013 | by plpregentSee all my reviews

After watching "Bridesmaids" earlier this year, I was actually quite surprised to see a film that I usually would have flagged as a "chick flick" make me laugh and leave the theatre thinking I just watched an overall quality comedy. I always found that Hollywood liked keeping this stereotypical division between these "raunchy guy comedies" and "corny chick flicks".

The one point I'm trying to make here is that, usually, raunchy comedies feature male characters as the leads, and the female characters usually either serve as the opposing party to typical stories of bromance, or as the "background bimbos". But, after a while, as in any movie sub-genre or trend, clichés keep coming back again and again, the same faces play the same roles in movies that are basically carbon copies of one another, and, quite simply, it gets a tad old and the competent releases among that sub-genre become a rarity.

But what if these old clichés could be completely rejuvenated if the mold was turned upside down, and female characters became the leads? Well, trust me, this film is no corny romantic comedy, the clichés one would expect to see in a chick flick are absolutely nowhere to be found. Think of a cross between "American Pie" and "Superbad", with even dirtier dialogue, morals, and situations...with female characters as the leads.

The film starts with quite a crafty opening credits sequence, which quickly lets you know that you're being brought back to the early nineties (1993 to be exact). And, throughout the film, this nineties feeling is very well kept alive, with the sets, the costumes, and such. Good job on that.

One could argue that every character is super stereotyped. That is absolutely true. And that's probably the biggest trick that "The To Do List" is able to pull off : The situations through which the characters go embrace their stereotypical nature while constantly pushing both the limits of good taste/morals and of what you've previously seen in similar movies. "The To Do List" is not trying to reinvent the wheel. No. But it's definitely trying to push the limits in many regards. Where "The 40-Year-Old Virgin" got a bit sanctimonious at times, this film ends up stating that sex can just be a casual thing and should be enjoyed as exactly that. Where "Superbad" pulled its punches when it came to teenagers experimenting, "The To Do List" unleashed a flurry of hay makers.

And I'm not taking anything away from these two movies, I loved them both. All I am saying is, "The To Do List" qualifies amongst even the cruder comedies, and surpasses them several times in that department.

That's not the only trick it has up its sleeve though. Narrative structure is clever, with check-boxes appearing every time one of the "tasks" is accomplished. The dialogue is top-notch and constantly drew major laughter from the crowd. The cast is impressive, and features a couple of uproarious cameos.

"The To Do List" is quality entertainment that does deserve its heavy R rating. In the same vein as "American Pie", "Superbad", and "The 40-Year-Old Virgin", this film definitely doesn't bring anything properly new, but it does innovate by reversing the mold and putting female characters as the leads. To think the result would be toned down because of that single detail would be foolish, and just like "Bridesmaids" did, "The To Do List" reminds us of that. To be quite honest, I found it kind of refreshing. Add competent direction, a solid cast, and neat dialogue, and you've got a good comedy that's definitely not for kids, but that both men and women will find hilarious.


75 of 98 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 85 user reviews »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.
Edit

Details

Official Sites:

Official Facebook | Official site | See more »

Country:

USA

Language:

English | Spanish | Sanskrit

Release Date:

26 July 2013 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Hand Job See more »

Edit

Box Office

Budget:

$1,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$1,579,402, 28 July 2013

Gross USA:

$3,491,669

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$3,909,596
See more on IMDbPro »

Company Credits

Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
See full technical specs »

Contribute to This Page



Recently Viewed