The to Do List

DVD - 2013
Average Rating: 2.5 stars out of 5.
The to Do List
Watch a heartfelt comedy about close friends and a special summer project. Valedictorian Brandy Clark, in 1993, wants to shed her uptight image before graduation, so she makes an 'activities' list of all the things she missed out in high school. Well, the list turns out to be more than she bargained for.

Publisher: Culver City, Calif. : Sony Pictures Home Entertainment, [2013]
Branch Call Number: DVD MOVIE T
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (104 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
digital, optical, surround
laser optical, NTSC
video file, DVD video, Region 1, rda


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Aubrey Plaza, Johnny Simmons, Bill Hader

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Sep 09, 2014
  • britprincess1 rated this: 2.5 stars out of 5.

It was an interesting premise and, with Aubrey Plaza front and centre, I expected a lot. Unfortunately, this film was kind of mediocre, which is a worse crime in my mind than being truly terrible. It lacks anything interesting and original to say. Worse, the protagonist seems to feel like she deserves no consequences for her actions and is not accountable for the pain she inflicts upon others. Frankly, by the end, I lose any empathy for her. The film as a whole was just a typical teen flick -- fun but forgettable. If you'd like a nonsensical sex-fueled time-waster, THE TO DO LIST will do just fine. If you want something more substantial, look elsewhere.

Apr 16, 2014
  • mockingbird7 rated this: 2 stars out of 5.

I give this movie a big "Eh." A very intelligent and motivated valedictorian belatedly realizes she has zero sexual experience and decides to remedy this with a to-do list before going off to college in the fall. The boys, of course, quickly find out that she's up for anything. The problem with this premise is that the main character is already socially awkward, and obviously her project only increases her vulnerability. In the real world, any time you flood the market with anything that is free, easy and in ready supply, including your sexuality, it is going to be quickly devalued, particularly if you are already on bottom rung of the social tier. However, feeling sorry for the main character would be too much of a buzz kill, so the movie makers deal with this problem by trying to turn her into an empowered young woman who doesn't care what anyone thinks. What they end up with is a strident shrew with no regard for anyone's feelings. She's in good company, though, as there were more really awful characters in this movie than you could shake a stick at. The bottom line is that this movie had no heart. However, in fairness, it did have some laughs.

Mar 27, 2014
  • MeaninglessBark rated this: 0.5 stars out of 5.

The To Do List is nothing more than a standard unimaginative teens-gone- wild "comedy" filled with crass jokes and dozens of pop song snippets. The film looks low budget, the acting is so-so, and the characters are all stock.

The few funny bits are all in the R rated trailer for the film. If you see that trailer you'll have seen all here is worth seeing.

Feb 23, 2014
  • NightGoat72 rated this: 1 stars out of 5.

Painfully unfunny and amateurish. This had some of the worst writing I've seen in a very long time.

Feb 21, 2014
  • jpozenel rated this: 1.5 stars out of 5.

Not awful, but pretty close to it. I really like Aubrey Plaza and hopes that she gets some roles in better movies.

Jan 10, 2014
  • kevfarley rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

I found this to be better than expected. For some reason cliche-busting movies written and directed by women and about women seem to get a bashed !?

Jan 10, 2014

Great music !

Jan 06, 2014
  • jesking rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

As a 93 grad, this movie reminded me of a bunch of stuff I'd forgotten about. Don't expect too much from it - it's just a fun movie!

Dec 17, 2013
  • ravenheart rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

Not very funny. Aubrey Plaza is completely off her game in this film. If you're a Plaza fan (which I am), you're going to be very disappointed with the character she plays in this. Her usually excellent, subtle, deadpan delivery is entirely missing from this movie. The movie still has some laughs, but it definitely was not a good as it could've been. Had they rewritten Plaza's character to suit her comedic style better, this film could have been fantastic. Without Rachel Bilson and Bill Hader, the film would have pretty much been a complete floater.

Dec 13, 2013
  • bears1985 rated this: 1 stars out of 5.

Come of age (sexual) that is was not funny tried too too hard to be funny the gags didn't work see Fast times at ridgemount high instead or the way, way back much much better movies

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