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The To Do List
In its exuberantly smutty way, “The To Do List” is revolutionary: A teen sex comedy where the girls get to play nasty and the boys stand around looking terrified. The lovely, dour Aubrey Plaza (TV’s “Parks and Recreation”) plays a Boise high school valedictorian who makes a neatly printed list of every sexual activity she’s never tried — which would be all of them — and vows to cross them off before college.
Writer-director Maggie Carey’s boldest assumption is that Brandy deserves all the pleasure she can find, and if she has to step on a few hearts (including her own), that’s part of growing up. It’s still a sloppy summer farce, but it laughs our culture’s virgin/whore complex to pieces. The large, milling cast includes Scott Porter, Bill Hader, Donald Glover, and Andy Samberg.