In many ways, a movie ahead of its time, perfectly encapsulating today's more generalized feelings about sex and feminism. Plaza leads an incredibly diverse and talented ensemble that often shines through Carey's solid handling of her quirky premise. The To Do List doesn't always soar, but it's often entertaining and informative enough to leave a lingering impression.
For a movie selling itself on the premise of a teen virgin engaging in various lewd sexual acts this is one tame kitten. If one considers the list she puts together the viewer is only served the most plain practices so the average Joe and Jill won't be offended. Had the director had some guts and backbone this movie could have been very raunchy and hilarious beast indeed.
It was fun at first, mindless fun, but it all fell apart towards final half of the film. A misuse of an interesting cast. Setting felt inconsequential. There was really no narrative need to set it in the 90's. It could have taken place in 2013. Overall this film was a let down.
Finding more enjoyment in reading and studying she starts to realize that she has never done anything sexual. Summer almost over and heading off to college she didn't want to be the only one who hasn't experienced anything. Doing as she does best she study's and ask around on what sort of things people do when gettin' down and dirty. Creating a list of all possible actions and checking them off as she goes.
An irritating idea in the first place, further damaged its relentlessly dredging up of every imaginable drop of 90's pop culture waste. BUT: its depiction of whiny, moody, emotionally retarded boys is probably the best I've ever seen in commercial movies.
I wasn't expecting anything great about this movie and to be honest, it's not even good. I think the main problem is the unbalanced writing. For example, compare the perfectly written scene at the movie theater with Brandy and Cameron with all the crappy scenes involving the dad. Nevertheless, for some reason I've always adored Aubrey Plaza and in my opinion she elevated the material and made it entertaining somehow.