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The To Do List Movie Review

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If you ask, Aubrey Plaza will probably blow/suck/f**k you. If that last sentence offends you, then her new movie The To Do List, in which she plays a stuck up high school graduate who decides she needs to lose her virginity and then some, is probably, most likely, absolutely not for you. But if you can handle its extremely crude humor, The To Do List is pretty damn funny.

There is nothing pretty about Maggie Carey's mainstream directorial debut. The production, which sets its characters in 1993, is full of bad hairdos and ugly clothes and Macintosh computers, is pretty plain and surprisingly raw. It isn't flashy or slick or sexy, which would normally be a problem for a sex comedy. The humor is at times awkward.

But The To Do List is pretty damn funny.

Shit, I already said that.

In the movie, Plaza makes a list of all the sexual things she wants/needs to do before going to university, including everything with a "job" and a variety of other things your parents would prefer not knowing about. Unlike most comedies of this type, The To Do List does not hold back and plays on the uncomfortable and sometimes cringe-inducing scenarios Plaza gets herself into. The woman sitting behind me did not appreciate the humor ("Jesus Christ, what is this?" was uttered more than once), but at the end of the movie she also declared, "I don't like sex. Watching it makes me feel uncomfortable."

Okay.

It's hard to say whether The To Do List will be as funny the second time around - much of its humor derives from its shock value - and for whatever reason I do not have an immediate urge to see this movie again. And yet it's refreshingly straightforward in the way it approaches sex and related actions, and the hilarious final act doesn't resort to cliché shtick when it so easily could have.

While the movie isn't for everyone, I'll say it once more: The To Do List is pretty damn funny.

Review by Erik Samdahl unless otherwise indicated.

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