Movie Review: The To Do List Is a Welcome Corrective to Male Adolescent Sex Comedies

It’s a good thing The To Do List is so funny, because otherwise I wouldn’t know what to do with it. This raunchy, over-the-top high-school sex comedy told from the point of view of a girl features many of the same nasty/sexy, outrageously inappropriate things that such movies about boys have been peddling for decades. But simply by reversing the genders, writer-director Maggie Carey turns the tables on us: By proudly wearing its “otherness” (a word I use ironically) on its sleeve, The To Do List feels fresh and strange and wondrously new. It shouldn’t, but it does.



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