“The To-Do List” pretty much looks like an “alt” comedy fanboy’s “wet dream,” if you’ll pardon the expression. The film was written and directed by Maggie Carey, Bill Hader’s wife, and originally had the more direct title “The Hand Job.”
The script made the 2009 “Black List” of the best unproduced scripts kicking around Hollywood alongside the scripts for “The Social Network” and “The King’s Speech” (as well as, it should be mentioned, such classics as “The Sitter” and “30 Minutes or Less.”)
The script was written specifically with Aubrey Plaza’s trademark deadpan delivery in mind. A reading of the script was done at the 2011 Austin Film Fesitval featuring Hader, Plaza, and a murderer’s row of your hipper young comedians and actors including: Andy Samberg, Donald Glover, Christopher Mintz-Plasse (or “McLovin” as I’m sure most of America still calls him), D.C. Pierson, Alia Shawkat, and Connie Britton. According to Hader and to attendees the reading “killed,” and now the script has actually been filmed with most of the dream cast preserved, though the title has been changed to the more chaste “The To-Do List.”
Despite the more tame title, the movie appears to be firmly in the “raunchy sex comedy” genre that’s so popular these days. The somewhat high concept concerns a nerdy high school valedictorian (Plaza) with no sexual experience who commits herself to having a series of specific sexual experiences (handjob, blowjob, rimjob etc. etc.) leading up to full official losing of her virginity before going away to college, a sort of “to do list” if you will.
The full “red band” trailer for the R-rated comedy has been released and it includes plenty of raunchy talk about all this stuff in Plaza’s trademark deadpan delivery but no, you now, actual nudity or anything. It also features a scene about a cunnilingus mishap involving Plaza and fellow NBC comedy star Donald Glover, something extremely unlikely to occur on your television, even if NBC were to do a Community/Parks & Recreation “special crossover event” for some reason.
“The To-Do List” will be released on Valentine’s Day, 2013, but a big part of the trailer is Plaza playing herself, out of character, promising the viewer that this won’t be like all those other, terrible Valentine’s Day movies. Oh, and also the movie is a 90s set period piece for some reason. See the trailer below: