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Posted: July 29, 2013
by Ted Greenberg
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Thirty years ago, raunchy male comedies were all the rage in movies. It’s a time when Porky’s ruled the nation, and the country fell in love with a bunch of Nerds. Amy Heckerling’s brilliant Fast Times at Ridgemont High was the lone exception because it showed both the teenage male’s and female’s perspective on budding relationships and the hell of high school.
This past weekend, The To Do List opened in theaters. The movie stars the adorable Aubrey Plaza (Parks and Recreation) as a straight-A high school senior who decides there’s more to life than making good grades. She attacks hooking up with guys as if it were a science project and she wants to win top prize. Finally a female high school teen comedy that’s not solely about the rivalry among girls (think Mean Girls or Heathers).
The film is at the top of my to do list, especially since many of the blockbusters have flamed out (The Lone Ranger, RIPD). I’m concentrating on small indie films and charming comedies, such as The To Do List, about which the New York Times raved “the sensibility that makes the movie work so well doesn’t seem so much feminine as intelligent.”
I know what’s on the top of my To Do List.
Tags: aubrey plaza, comedy, films