Quirky, funny, and liberating
Where do I start? I really, really enjoyed this movie. I had been hearing about it for a little while, but I was a bit hesitant to watch it. I thought maybe I wasn't mature enough to handle it. But, I love Aubrey Plaza, so I decided to go for it. The movie is pretty raunchy, but that should be expected, given that it is a sex comedy. But, it's enjoyable. The characters are entertaining and funny, and extremely well-cast. I love the aesthetic of the film too, with the early 90's setting and pastel colors. But my favorite part of the movie were the overall themes. I thought it was pretty feminist in that sense. There aren't a whole lot of female-led movies in the coming-of-age sexual genre (while there are quite a few focused on men, e.g. American Pie, Porky, etc.) and frankly, I'd like that to change. But for now, The To-Do List is great. I love that it supports the concept of women empowering their own sexuality without slut-shaming or negative consequences. The sexual relationships aren't romantic, and I think that's also a theme of the film (in fact, one character says "sex is just sex.") The sex-positive messages are great, especially in a society where sex is everywhere, but still so taboo. I don't think I can really suggest an ideal age to watch this movie, because it all depends on the maturity level of the kid (or teen, most likely.) The sex scenes are pretty graphic. There's no nudity but there is some moaning and thrusting. The language is also a bit harsh, but if your kid is in high school, they hear this stuff on the daily (and a lot of them probably say it too; let's be real here.) All-in-all, I enjoyed this movie and I really recommend it to anyone mature who has an interest in it, especially girls who are curious about sex. (Now, I'm not recommending everyone follow in Brandy's footsteps, but in my opinion, it's fine as long as you're ready and safe.) Anyway, this movie got me thinking about how society views female sexuality, and I loved it.