To Do List, The

MPAA Rating: R

Entertainment: +1

Content: -4

Aubrey Plaza, Johnny Simmons, Bill Hader. Coming-of-sexual-age raunchy comedy. Written & directed by Maggie Carey.

FILM SYNOPSIS: Feeling pressured to become more sexually experienced before she goes to college, Brandy Clark makes a list of erotic sexual activities to accomplish before hitting campus in the fall.

PREVIEW REVIEW: What Bridesmaids did for 30-something female raunch lovers, The To Do List does for girl teens who sneak into R-rated movies. While it has some heart, the blood that pumps this production is bad, as in crude to the max. Itís not just a movie that exploits vulgarity. It also demonstrates the casualness of sex in todayís society. No room is made for those who stand against promiscuity due to religious convictions. Rather, itís stressed throughout the picture that sex is no big deal so long as you use a condom.

I remember seeing a film once where rats were discovered aboard a ship. The captain stopped at an uninhabited island, slathered the mooring ropes with rotted meat and waited until the rats exited the boat, making their way into the island jungle. As the ship sailed off, one of the crew said, ďIíd sure hate to come back here in twenty years.Ē Thatís kind of how I feel about whatís happening to our nation. The society has become nearly as crude, hedonistic and lacking in morality as it can become. Imagine what twenty more years will do. Or, perhaps you think the denizens of Hollywood will change their ways, and start to lift up the culture at some point.

Iím not sure who the targeted audience is supposed to be: teens who sneak into an R-rated movie; concerned parents who want to know what the younger generation is up to; dirty old men who like hearing teenage girls talk dirty?

I found nothing remotely arousing about this film (guess Iím not a dirty old man, after all). It saddened me that there are no biblical standards associated with sexuality in todayís media culture. The big lesson learned by filmís end - sex is no big deal.

Iíd like to offer up Clueless as a DVD alternative. It is far funnier and it does a better job at satirizing the shallowness of youth. (The To Do List seems to celebrate shallowness.) Alas, Clueless does contain some bawdy sexual humor that occasionally becomes crass. So, I better not recommend it.

I have no children so I hesitate to offer any suggested dialogue between parent and child. But from everything Iíve heard, it is important that a young girl get a sense of herself and a respect for her body by how her father treats her. Maybe it isnít about having a discussion. Maybe itís about being a good dad that will help a girl grow into a good woman.

Preview Reviewer: Phil Boatwright
CBS Films

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Crude Language: Gross-out humor, both visual and verbal, abounds; crude visuals such as a girl throwing up and sitting by the toilet as she confers with her friends Ė we get to see the vomit throughout the scene; thinking it is fake, a girl takes a bite out of a turd floating in the pool.

Obscene Language: Around 40 obscenities, mostly the s-word, but the f-bomb is also well represented.

Profanity: Three misuses of Christís name.

Violence: A brief skirmish between two males over a female.

Sex: There are a couple of graphic sexual situations, but mostly the film focuses on unbound sex talk, including some in front of kids; the leadís sister discuses when she lost her virginity Ė she was 14.

Nudity: No nudity.

Sexual Dialogue/Gesture: None

Drugs: Some drinking and older characters are seen smoking pot; all drug use is done casually.

Other: Conservative and religious values are briefly ridiculed.

Running Time: 96 minutes
Intended Audience: A good question

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