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The To Do List (2013)

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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.

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Maggie Carey

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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
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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

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

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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 »

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Country:

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Language:

English | Sanskrit

Release Date:

26 July 2013 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Hand Job See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$1,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$1,579,402, 28 July 2013

Gross USA:

$3,447,339
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Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

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1.78 : 1
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Trivia

The setting for the movie was based on writer and director Maggie Carey's high school in Boise, ID. 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

When Brandy does a keg stand at the party her underwear is visible, showing that it is Saturday, but when she goes into work at the pool the next say she tells Willy that it is Monday. See more »

Quotes

Cameron: Brandy, you gave me a handjob. Dosn't that mean anything to you?
Brandy Klark: No, it's a handjob.
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References Full House (1987) See more »

Soundtracks

The Wind Beneath My Wings
Written by Jeff Silbar and Larry Henley (as Larry J. Henley)
Performed by Aubrey Plaza, Alia Shawkat and Sarah Steele
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Too Much Gross Humor, Not Enough Heart
19 November 2013 | by Slasher_Lover23See all my reviews

When Brandy Klark (Aubrey Plaza) , the class scholar and all around nerd, decides to become more sexually experienced before going off to college, she makes herself a to do list to help her work her way up to losing her virginity. Along the way, Brandy gets a job at the local pool in order to gain the attention of Rusy (Scott Porter), while also being lusted by her friend Cameron (Johnny Simmons). With the help of her friends Fiona (Alia Shawkat) and Wendy (Sarah Steele), and sexually experienced older sister Amber (Rachel Bilson), Brandy goes gets a crash course on the road to sexuality.

In this 90s-era film, The To Do List tries to follow in the footsteps of teen sex comedies like American Pie and Superbad, but in the end it fails to even be on the same level as these films. The film definitely features its share of comedic moments that can be pretty funny, but ultimately it gets carried away by its over-abundance of crude and gross out moments that even the two aforementioned films kept a handle on. The problem is, the story clearly wants to give some heart and moral to the story, but the crudeness really prevents it from showing until the very end where it's clearly written out. It fails to let it's real intentions shine through by trying to throw in every graphic sexual situation or conversation that they can come up with. And it really hurts the film. A majority of the funny moments even come from the non-gross out moments.

On a positive note, the film features a great back drop of several 90s songs that really fill the setting, and provide a great treat to listen to. After viewing this film, the viewer will never be able to listen to Dreams by The Cranberries the same way ever again.

Apart from the soundtrack, the star-filled cast also saves the film from being a complete flop. Aubrey Plaza does provide some great comical moments as the nerdy and awkward protagonist. Scott Porter as the rocker stud also gets his shot of showing his comical side after his stretch of dramatic t.v. roles. Some of the major stand outs include Connie Britton and Clark Gregg as Brandy's parents who are very blunt as far as sex. These two definitely provide a lot of the major comical moments of the film. The whole cast does a well-done job with what they are given and they appear to have a fun time doing it (no pun intended).

I can't say The To Do List is an awful film, but it's pretty weak one as far as the story goes with more interest in having more gross out humor than anything else. But the soundtrack and its fun cast do a fine job of making up for its shortcomings.

My Rating: 5/10


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