‘The To-Do List’ Green Band Trailer: Aubrey Plaza is Determined to Lose It

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If you don’t want to spend the last July weekend seeing The Wolverine in theaters, then perhaps you’ll consider watching another, very different kind of movie that’s out on the same day. The To-Do List is a teen sex comedy from writer-director Maggie Carey, which stars Aubrey Plaza as Brandy Clark, an organised and ambitious high school graduate who decides to build up an arsenal of sexual experience in preparation for her first year of college, after her peers tease her relentlessly for being a virgin.

The To-Do List appears to be the antithesis of Will Gluck’s 2010 comedy Easy A, in which Emma Stone played a high school student who becomes a social pariah after intentionally starting a rumor that she has lost her virginity. Generally in teen sex comedies it’s male characters who are jeered at for being virgins, so The To-Do List could theoretically put a clever spin on the stereotype.

The new green-band trailer probably won’t do anything to change your mind about The To-Do List if you were unimpressed by the red band trailer. It’s difficult not to feel a sense of trepidation at the strong implication that the ‘Brandy writes down the name of a sexual act but doesn’t understand what it means’ joke will be driven into the ground and then hit over the head with a shovel to make sure it’s completely dead. Are we really supposed to believe that this girl is smart enough to become class valedictorian, but not smart enough to guess that a sexual act called “motorboating” probably doesn’t involve an actual motorboat, or that a “pearl necklace” might not be all that elegant?

Aubrey Plaza in The To Do List The To Do List Green Band Trailer: Aubrey Plaza is Determined to Lose It

That’s not the only gag that’s been repeated within the trailers. There have also been two scenes already that show a family member accidentally walking in on a sex act, something that stopped being automatically funny long before it became a cliché. Jokes like these might still get a few chuckles out of a teen audience, but unfortunately a lot of teens will be too young to see the movie anyway.

Having said that, one thing that The To-Do List has going for it is a great cast. Brandy’s parents are played by Clark Gregg (Agent Coulson in the Marvel cinematic universe) and American Horror Story‘s Connie Britton, and also features current comedy stars Andy Samberg, Bill Hader and Christopher Mintz-Plasse. Aubrey Plaza herself showed a talent for deadpan humor in Scott Pilgrim vs. The World and indie drama Safety Not Guaranteed, and the presence of Donald Glover alone might make this movie worth at least a rental.

Does The To-Do List look like something you’ll see in the theater, something you’ll save for rental or Netflix, or the kind of movie that you’d change channels to avoid?

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The To Do List is in theaters on July 26th, 2013.

Source: JoBlo

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  1. I recommend you guys wait till it comes out on Redbox or Netflix. This movie is not worth your $13.
    I saw this movie at a pre screening here in LA ( at Regal, The Grove) Aubrey P. made a special appearance and told us something about learning how to give hand and oral service. The beginning of the movie is kinda cute. Im not gonna lie, I got excited because the opening credits with the cast’s names, were designed to bring back early 90s nostalgia. We were, however, told that we were not watching the FINAL Cut of the film and that there would be some shakey cam expeience. That was fine with me. Then the movie started…
    Im not a professional Critic or Cinema Reviewer, so please forgive me for what Im about to say; Like I said, we watched a non theatrical version.
    ( NO SPOILERS )

    Where do I start… This movie felt like FOREVER. The movie was trying to be raunchy and bold but ended up feeling like a flat, and long version of a dirty SNL skit.
    The main character, Brandy Clark ( Aubrey Plaza) is an obedient, boring, straight A student who just graduated high school. After much convincing by her not-so-naive girl-friends, it was time for her to complete a Woman’s right of passage and lose her virginity before entering college.
    Everything you see in the trailer is everything you should expect from the movie, except, longer.
    Brandy makes a “To-Do List”, to fulfill every sexual encounter and service that she thinks a man expects from her. Let’s not even talk about ladies Man, Guitar Playing, Life Guard, Rusty Waters. His character was unnecessary and corny.
    I enjoyed Brandy’s interaction with her sister, played by Rachel Bilson, and her Parents. Like every lame raunchy female comedy, there’s a point where the main character and her friends, break up, then make up. That was not executed well.
    By the way, Brandy is a life guard for the community pool, and its dirty as hell. She is joined by some interesting characters though, but not by much. (I lied, SPOILER ALERT) There is a Swimming Pool Clean-Up montage. Hooray! I have to say, Aubrey looks BOMB in her one piece!
    Bill Hader’s character didn’t leave much to be desired. Not very funny in my useless opinion. However, there is a mild, blink and youll miss the scene, twist to his character. Otherwise, the movie wraps up like any C List comedy with all the characters “coming” together. The End.

    I honestly wish this movie was better. I had high hopes for the characters and the actors gave it their all!

    PS. You kinda forget the early 90s theme, once the movie starts its long distance run.

    PPS. Aubrey Plaza’s deadpan acting does not work in this film; It may if she was a supporting character. It gets dull after 20 minutes of lifeless expressions by the MAIN character.

    PPS. I rolled my eyes so much throughout this movie, that it got pulled over and given a speeding ticket. Yeah.

  2. Garbage.

  3. Okay. This movie makes me feel old. Or older. Or at least too old for this.
    I don’t know. Maybe if you’re still in college or just out of it this works.

    But I did laugh at Clark Gregg. Who is older and not too for this.
    I mean he’s in it. How can he be. Maybe there’s hope for me.

  4. So, this is B Gata H Kei?

  5. A hot girl, she is hot, wanting to lose her virginity and a whole film about it…
    This film in real life would take less time than the trailer did, that says a lot about people of today. But yeah, this just looks, bad.

  6. Aubrey Plaza gets hotter and hotter

  7. Jesus what is this movie, looks awful!! Everyone involved should go take a cold shower and open a bottle of jack and reflect on what the hell they have just done!

    • :D Would that be Jack Daniels? It might take the whole bottle.

  8. Well what does everybody expect? Most of the cast are a bunch of oversexed and immature teenagers!

  9. I just put this on my “To Don’t list”, terrible looking movie.

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