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Review: ‘The To Do List’ is an evocative teen romp

July 23, 2013 • Entertainment


This film publicity image released by CBS Films shows Rachel Bilson as Amber Klark in a scene from “The To Do List.” (AP Photo/CBS Films, Bonnie Osborne)

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Coming of age comedies are fraught with seemingly limitless pitfalls, necessitating a well-honed screenplay and persuasive performances to assure audience allegiance. So with consistently entertaining characters and infectious humor, writer-director Maggie Carey’s “The To Do List” delivers well above expectations

Even as 1993 valedictorian of her Boise high school class, mathlete Brandy Klark (Aubrey Plaza) can’t escape the ridicule of many classmates for her goody-good image and lack of worldliness. Facing her first year in university as a virginal freshman, Brandy decides to reevaluate her priorities, especially after a drunken mix-up at her very first kegger results in a mistaken make-out session with too-hot Rusty Waters (Scott Porter), the No. 1 object of lust among all her classmates.

Brandy quickly tosses her college planning when she discovers her latent libido in favor of a to-do list of sexual experiences she hopes will quickly get her up to speed Login to read more

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