Galentine’s Day, the Leslie Knope-created pre-Valentine’s Day celebration of Female Friendship, is Saturday. While the Bouqs, Travelocity, PureWow, and GrubHub wring their hands over your Valentine’s Day plans, I’ll wring mine over your Saturday night.
If going out with your Gal Pals isn’t your thing, may I humble suggest The To-Do List? (If hitting the town is your thing, by all means, get hand-crafted cocktails at a speakeasy and hit the theatre for How to Be Single.) Grab a bag of chocolate hearts from Duane Reade honey, and chill the rose, because this two-hour ode to feminism and female sexuality can’t be beat. (The double entendre stays!)
It’s 1993 and high school valedictorian Brandy Clark is bound for Georgetown University. Socially awkward Brandy is a virgin with a crush on hunky Rusty Waters (Scott Porter!) and feeling like she could be more well-rounded as an incoming freshman, Brandy vows to become sexually experienced.
She does that the only way she knows how: treating her sexuality as a homework assignment.
This is a pretty good idea, actually. Brandy is a smart and thorough student, and this way she is able to approach her goals in a way she can handle and understand. (Ultimately, the boys in her life can’t handle her self-actualization, but she can!)
Brandy is aided by the women in her life. Her promiscuous sister Amber (Rachel Bilson) provides advice and guidance, her best friends Wendy and Fiona are not initially supportive (Sarah Steele and Alia Shawkat in perfect casting), but mistakes and apologies are made. Because Wendy and Fiona will always be more important than Rusty Waters.
In a review I wrote in 2013 for Blast-O-Rama, where I am an erstwhile staff writer, I called it “a funny, honest, charming film that showcases Aubrey Plaza while trumping teen film stereotypes and boosting feminism in cinema.” I believe that now; if anything, the jokes are sharper and more prescient two years later.
Ladies and their gal pals will appreciate the themes and humor of The To Do List, I guarantee it.