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The To Do List

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Maggie Carey

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About the Movie

Class of ’93 valedictorian Brandy Klark (Aubrey Plaza) wants to get “educated” before she goes off to college, so she assembles a “to do list” of all the sexual activities she missed out on in high school. Quickly realizing that she's way out of her league, Brandy solicits her best friends, older sister (Rachel Bilson) and burnt-out boss (Bill Hader) for their help and advice. As Brandy crams for her sexual finals, a supporting cast of horny misfits— an orally-challenged classmate (Donald Glover), a grunge-singing doofus (Andy Samberg) —eagerly offer their assistance and shocking mayhem ensues…

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 110
  • Fresh: 58
  • Rotten: 52
  • Average Rating: 5.7/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Fresh: Does Carey go too far? Duh. But why gripe when you can't stop laughing? – Peter Travers, Rolling Stone, Jul 25, 2013

Rotten: Like the fumbling around of first-time sex, The To Do List has its enjoyable moments but doesn't exactly feel like a peak experience. – Claudia Puig, USA Today, Jul 25, 2013

Rotten: Neither supergood nor superbad, but passable doesn't exactly raise the bar. – Betsy Sharkey, Los Angeles Times, Jul 25, 2013

Fresh: It's good-natured and raucous, with many scenes that are just sketched but a few that are truly funny. – David Denby, New Yorker, Jul 29, 2013

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Customer Reviews


Loved this movie! Loads of laughs! Fast Times at Ridgemont High meets Sixteen Candles meets Parks & Recreation! Enjoy!


Finally, someone actually dares to make a losing-my-virginity comedy with a female protagonist. Aubrey Plaza brings her impeccable comic timing, and then some, to this sexy, funny flick, which sits far outside the box that most viewers might find it difficult to watch. And while it's way too safe and gentle to be a genre classic, it's still easily worth a solid watch. After graduating at the top of her 1993 Boise high school class, Brandy Klark (Plaza) worries that she's neglected to cultivate her social skills. So over the summer, she decides to make a giant to-do list leading to actual sex, hopefully with the dreamy hunk lifeguard Rusty (Scott Porter) who works with her at the local swimming pool. Also working there is her nice guy pal Cameron (Johnny Simmons) who's clearly in love with her. With advice from her best friends (Alia Shawkat and Sarah Steele) and her experienced big sister Amber (Rachel Bilson), Brandy works through her list only to discover, of course, that her emotions pretty much complicate everything. There's only one person onscreen who's uncomfortable talking about sex, and that's understandably Brandy's father (Clark Gregg). Her mother (Connie Britton), on the other hand, has lots of "helpful tips." And as the other guys in town (Donald Glover and Christopher Mintz-Plasse) learn of Brandy's big to-do list, they make sure to check a few of the items off themselves, as does a visiting rocker (Andy Samberg). Yes, the "American Pie"-level material is a bit too corny for its own good, but by telling this story from just a woman's perspective, writer-director Maggie Carey maintains an intriguing balance by noting that first-time sex is pretty important, but it's not truly as earth-shattering as so many people make it out to be. Even so, Brandy goes at this like a truly serious academic challenge, diving into every encounter without actually noticing the intimacy, which does make her seem a bit too cold at times, although certainly not as thoughtless as the men. Fortunately, Plaza manages to be such a funny and likable actress that we'd pretty much follow her character anywhere. And the giant cast is clearly having fun playing along with each over-the-top scene. Standouts include Bill Hader as Brandy's loser lifeguard boss and Bilson as her nonchalantly immoral sister. And while all these actors are constantly entertaining to watch, the film does suffer more than a few problems with its script. The funny story just seems to run on a bit longer than it should, and despite its offbeat charm, it starts to lose its initial comic edge once the movie comes to its anti-climax. If it had more spark to it, we might have had a lot more great, memorable moments from brilliant supporting players like Gregg, Mintz-Plasse, and Glover. But as it stands, it's a slightly forgettable but nonetheless enjoyable R-rated comedy with some fun, trashy dialogue and a forward-thinking, albeit predictable, plot. Yeah, it's far from a must-see, but if sweetly raunchy humor and nostalgic '90s pop culture references are your idea of a great time, it's well worth checking out.

Wish I could have my $5 back

Not even worth a rental. This was not funny. I'm not sure who is giving this all the 4 and 5 star reviews

The To Do List
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  • $12.99
  • Genre: Comedy
  • Released: 2013

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