Watching the teen romp “The To Do List” feels much like that less-than-ideal first time having sex — awkward, sometimes painful and only fun for a split second.
Brandy (“Parks & Recreation’s” Aubrey Plaza) is a straitlaced, straight-A high-school virgin in 1993 Boise who decides to make a to-do list of every sex act imaginable as preparation to bed the hottest guy at the public pool where she works.
What starts out as a promising gender reversal on ’80s teen comedies — imagine the ones with John Cusack — eventually turns into an overly raunchy “Porky’s” for a modern generation. Even the most progressive moviegoers will wince with disapproval at Brandy’s casual sexcapades, and the laughs quickly begin to subside as we wallow in a clumsy, voyeuristic journey with Brandy getting her rocks off.
For some reason, first-time feature writer/director Maggie Carey didn’t get to the most important item on her to-do list: “Make a funny movie.”
‘The To Do List’
Opens today at theaters everywhere; rated R for pervasive strong crude and sexual content including graphic dialogue, drug and alcohol use, and language — all involving teens; 104 minutes.