Saturday, August 24 2013, 02:15 PM MDT
Movie Review: The To Do List
1 out of 5 Stars
Director: Maggie Carey
Starring: Aubre Plaza, Johnny Simmons, Bill Hader
Genre: Comedy, Romance
Recommended To: Those looking for an insufferable teenage sex comedy from a typically appealing cast and filmmaker.
Synopsis: Brandy (Aubrey Plaza) wants to gain sexual experience and lose her virginity before going to college in the fall.
Review: The To Do List is an extremely vulgar film that tries to parody the teenage sex comedy by purposefully casting actors who are clearly in their mid to late twenties. It’s also a tribute of sorts to the early ’90s as it piles on various pop culture references and a soundtrack that covers the rise of grunge and the demise of college rock. It’s also incredibly awkward, unfunny and more than a little mean. It’s an American Pie film with out the charm, but all the gags and obligatory punch lines. Sure it is somewhat interesting that the story is told through a female protagonist but Aubrey Plaza’s performance is so clinical she might as well be a robot. I understand that the deadpan delivery is her calling card, but a little emotion or a glimpse of humanity would have gone a long way. As it is The To Do List is boring, predictable and not a place I’d like to return.
-Ryan Michael Painter