Arguably, one of the funniest comediennes performing today is Aubrey Plaza. Her work on Parks and Recreation and in her recent film Safety Not Guaranteed. Is fast tracking her to movie star fame. Her latest effort is the charming yet naughty The To-Do List. Written and directed by Maggie Carey of Funny or Die fame. The movie chronicles the efforts of a sheltered high school valedictorian, as she opens up sexually in order to land the man of her lustful affection.
The trailer to the film is appropriately Red-Band. And it’s hilarious. It features some sexual innuendos and inappropriate comedy that really emphasize Plaza’s trademark wit. I also am looking forward to seeing the work of Donald Glover, Clark Gregg and Alia Shawkat in the film. Who all seem pitch perfect for the story and subject matter.
My only concern is that audiences, for whatever reason are more resistant to sexual comedies with females in the lead. One would probably have to conduct an extensive sociology experiment to figure out why. The fact is that films like the recent Kirsten Dunst film Bachlorette and the 2002 high profile box office disappointment The Sweetest Thing failed to capitalize on Rated R sexual themed female comedy. The recent success of Bridesmaids does offer us some hope that audiences might be warming up to the genre.
The To-Do list stars Aubrey Plaza, Bill Hader, Andy Samberg, Clark Gregg, Donald Glover, Connie Britton, Alia Shawkat, Sarah Steele, Johnny Simmons, Scott Porter and Rachel Bilson. The film is written and directed by Maggie Carey. The To-Do list is scheduled for release July 26, 2013.
Brandy Klark (Aubrey Plaza) spent her entire high school career as an overachiever. While this has left her set for college intellectually, it means that she missed out on a lot of important “experiences” along the way.
As a solution, she comes up with a “to-do list” of all the risqué, extra-curricular activities she missed out on and wants to complete before college. Along the way, she learns a lot about herself and inadvertently experiences much more than she originally set out to.