Movies In My Collection #24: The To Do List


ORIGINAL POST DATE: November 26, 2013

So, how about we start celebrating a Thanksgiving themed week of blog posts with….a raunchy R-rated comedy????

Okay, not really Thanksgiving themed but…shut up. This is The To Do List:

Feeling pressured to become more sexually experienced before she goes to college, Brandy Klark (Aubrey Plaza) makes a list of things to accomplish before hitting campus in the fall.

Anyone who’s watched Parks & Recreation knows that Aubrey Plaza can be very funny by doing not a whole lot. As April, she’s not doing obnoxious things to get laughs, she’s just being herself calm and collective and whatever jokes she comes up with are most of the time very funny.

Plaza’s also proven to be a fine actress in the past starring in such films as Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World, Funny People, & Monsters University just to name a few.

And the fact that she’s starring in a R-rated comedy with a pretty interesting premise had me excited. I mean, how can you possibly go wrong with a movie like this?

You make it as tame and unraunchy as you possibly can. I mean, good lord, this was a big disappointment on so many levels.

First off, you had a really great cast on board that includes Plaza, Johnny Simmons, Bill Hader, Alia Shawkat, Rachel Bilson, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, Andy Samberg, Connie Britton, Clark Gregg, Donald Glover, Adam Pally, & Jack McBrayer all being wasted here.

Secondly, the main character is a friggin’ pushover who shares no real chemistry on screen with any of the main characters and is basically wasting the comedic talent of Aubrey Plaza by not giving her anything new or fun to work with.

Finally, there was not a single joke that I laughed at in this movie that wasn’t in the trailer. The one joke that I laughed at in the trailer and in the film was the scene where Bill Hader’s character ends up having sex with Brandi’s sister (Rachel Bilson) and their father (Clark Gregg) walks in on them, that was the only really funny moment in the film but that was in the trailer for the movie.

Other than that, every other joke was so badly put together and unfunny, it’s a disgrace of a movie.

I’ve watched so many better underrated R-rated raunchy comedies in the last few years such as Kissing Jessica Stein, Bachelorette, A Good Old Fashioned Orgy and Wanderlust that actually are worthy of being called “raunchy comedies” and are way more funnier than this trash.

The To Do List is a wasted opportunity that is more ‘tell don’t show’ than ‘show don’t tell’ and for a movie that’s been highly promoted as a raunchy R-rated comedy and for Plaza to do this at the MTV Movie Awards during Will Ferrell’s speech…

It wasn’t worth it, this really is a missed opportunity and a big disappointment that has no big laughs whatsoever. It’s a wasted opportunity for Aubrey Plaza, who is funny, it’s a wasted opportunity for the rest of the cast, it’s just an overall wasted opportunity and one of the worst films I’ve seen so far this year.


The To Do List
Kissing Jessica Stein
A Good Old Fashioned Orgy

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