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The To Do List (2013)

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Average Rating: 5.7/10
Reviews Counted: 104
Fresh: 54 | Rotten: 50

The To Do List may play things disappointingly safe given its rather daring premise, but writer-director Maggie Carey's sure hand -- and Aubrey Plaza's performance -- keep the laughs coming.

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Average Rating: 6.2/10
Critic Reviews: 29
Fresh: 16 | Rotten: 13

The To Do List may play things disappointingly safe given its rather daring premise, but writer-director Maggie Carey's sure hand -- and Aubrey Plaza's performance -- keep the laughs coming.

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Featuring an all-star comedy cast including Aubrey Plaza, Johnny Simmons, Bill Hader,Alia Shawkat, Sarah Steele, Rachel Bilson, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, DonaldGlover, Scott Porter, Andy Samberg, Connie Britton and Clark Gregg, "The To Do List" is a comedy about close friends and a special summer project, loosely inspired by the real-life adventures of first-time writer/director Maggie Carey. Set in 1993, valedictorian Brandy Klark wants to shed her uptight image before college, so she assembles

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Nov 19, 2013

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It's good-natured and raucous, with many scenes that are just sketched but a few that are truly funny.

July 29, 2013 Full Review Source: New Yorker
New Yorker
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Many of The To Do List's jokes have this first-draft, is-that-all-there-is? quality.

July 26, 2013 Full Review Source: Slate
Slate
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"The To Do List" doesn't reinvent the wheel; we all know the "summer that changed everything" trope. But it's startling when you realize how rare it is to see a girl chasing sexual experience so doggedly - and with such a lighthearted tone.

July 26, 2013 Full Review Source: New York Post
New York Post
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Don't go to The To Do List expecting a comedy genre-buster along the lines of Bridesmaids. Rather it's more of a one-joke repeater set in the hot Boise, Idaho, summer of 1993.

July 26, 2013 Full Review Source: Toronto Star
Toronto Star
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Even when the film connects, I can't help feel that it's mostly because it's set the target too low.

July 26, 2013 Full Review Source: Newark Star-Ledger
Newark Star-Ledger
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"The To Do List" is a romantic comedy with no romance and little comedy, but with an ugliness of spirit that's surprising and unrelenting.

July 25, 2013 Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle
San Francisco Chronicle
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The film gives these people just about nothing funny to do, and it's full of both gross-out gags that don't connect and dialogue that isn't especially funny.

November 27, 2013 Full Review Source: EntertainmentTell
EntertainmentTell

Painfully awkward encounters ensue, with Plaza handling it all with her deadpan elegance.

November 19, 2013 Full Review Source: COED.com
COED.com

"The To Do List" is another one of those films that begs the question of how the writer ever thought it was a good idea.

November 18, 2013 Full Review Source: Examiner.com
Examiner.com

The jokes are frequent, rapidly fired, and often sharply written, featuring crude sexual dialogue about everything imaginable from masturbation to states of sexual arousal.

October 30, 2013 Full Review Source: What Culture
What Culture

While it's too gentle to be a classic, it's still worth a look.

October 11, 2013 Full Review Source: Shadows on the Wall
Shadows on the Wall

Writer/director Maggie Carey's clodhopping coming-of-age yarn merely proves that terrible teen movies are now a source of equal-ops embarrassment for both genders.

October 6, 2013 Full Review Source: Observer [UK]
Observer [UK]

Uneven and with a pretty even hit:miss gag ratio, there is still not-for-Nan fun to be had here.

October 4, 2013 Full Review Source: Sky Movies
Sky Movies

Maggie Carey's feature film debut is full of lazy shots, duff lines and dodgy acting. But it also contains fresh ideas and hilarious gags.

October 4, 2013 Full Review Source: This is London
This is London

It has heart and intelligence to offset its more raucous moments and looks destined for cult appeal.

October 4, 2013 Full Review Source: The List
The List

A cast of familiar and frequently funny TV notables makes The To Do List a sweet prospect, but this tepid, oddly pitched teen comedy is unlikely to get anyone off.

October 4, 2013 Full Review Source: Film4

I didn't believe any of it.

October 3, 2013 Full Review Source: Daily Express
Daily Express

A few laughs.

October 3, 2013 Full Review Source: Guardian [UK]
Guardian [UK]

The great Audrey Plaza is let down by weak material in this mirthless female-centric gross-out comedy.

October 3, 2013 Full Review Source: Little White Lies
Little White Lies

Enjoyable teen sex comedy that gains points for its female perspective and features both strong comic performances and a decent script, despite some of the gags being a bit hit-and-miss.

October 3, 2013 Full Review Source: ViewLondon
ViewLondon

The To Do List is an American teenage sex comedy set in 1993, which may have been the last year in which any of the cast members could have convincingly passed for a teenager.

October 3, 2013 Full Review Source: Daily Telegraph
Daily Telegraph

Even as this comedy strains to be goofy and transgressive, it catches us by surprise simply because it dares to explore first-time sexual experiences through female eyes.

October 3, 2013 Full Review Source: Contactmusic.com
Contactmusic.com

Carey drops the ball with a script that's both meandering and mean-spirited, not to mention laughter deficient.

October 3, 2013 Full Review Source: Total Film
Total Film

A muddle.

September 29, 2013 Full Review Source: Empire Magazine
Empire Magazine

The To Do List peters out to a lamentable degree in its padded-out final half hour.

August 10, 2013 Full Review Source: Reel Film Reviews
Reel Film Reviews

Not since the schmaltzy Bucket List has there been a more blatant example of checklist comedy than the ultra-raunchy The To Do List.

August 1, 2013 Full Review Source: Orange County Register
Orange County Register

Audience Reviews for The To Do List

Coming of age sexual odysseys have been seen before, but never so female friendly and reliant on the gross-out factor. There's something so realistic and funny about the exploits of youth, and becoming a woman on top of that, lends to adolescent humor that we've never seen before. Director and writer Maggie Carey really knows how to make films for women and uses both realism and perversity to make a genuinely funny film about what it's like for a teenaged girl when she starts realizing her own sexual ambition. It's really sweet on top of being gross out funny, and that just doesn't get seen enough with a female in the lead. It went a little off-color at times, and got a little too familiar with her parents, but that just lent to its charm and dry humor.
January 21, 2014
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Basically the "To Do List" is a female version of "American Pie". It's about a girl(Aubrey Plaza) who graduates as the top of her class and realizes she has no sexual experience. So she decides to make a To-Do List(includes handjobs, blowjobs, etc.) to accomplish before she goes to college in the fall. I gotta say I didn't expect much from this, but this is very funny. I laughed a lot, and my wife actually stayed awake through the entire thing, which rarely happens. The cast is made up of mostly B and C level actors who do a decent enough job. Plaza does ok, but I think this role could have been handled better. She's not bad, just not great either. The Andy Samberg and Bill Hadar have small roles and both are fantastic. I wish Sandberg had a bigger(and different) role, but he is still awesome. The humor is very sophomoric and sexual(it's rated R), so if that's not your thing then you should skip. But, if you want a good lighthearted, sex comedy, then this is definitely worth checking out!
January 16, 2014
Everett Johnson

Super Reviewer

I haven't laughed this hard in a while. Aside from it's odd editing choices and weird sounding audio, "The To Do List" is a blast to watch, albeit somewhat disturbing. As we follow Brandy (Aubrey Plaza) journeying through the stages of sex, she learns life lessons, even though the people should be more caring than they are displayed here. Clark Gregg is amazing as the father and they could not have made a better casting choice. I found myself laughing through every scene, not only at the gross-out gags, but at the genuine dialogue-driven gags as well. This is a very well-written comedy, the actors all seem to be having fun, and the director handles the material really well. The film takes a few too many risky turns, and some choppy editing can become distracting, but overall, it's one of the best comedies of 2013!
December 7, 2013
KJ Proulx

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three stars...
December 1, 2013
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    1. Brandy Klark: Teabagging. Must be British.
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