The To Do List (2013)

The To Do List (2013)

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Brandy Klark (Aubrey Plaza), from Boise, Idaho, is an overachieving but socially awkward teenager who graduates as the valedictorian of her high school in the summer of 1993. After the ceremony, Brandy’s two best friends, Wendy (Sarah Steele) and Fiona (Alia Shawkat), take Brandy to a party, where she gets drunk for the first time. At the party, Brandy makes out with a college boy she has a crush on named Rusty Waters. Since the room was dark, he mistook Brandy for someone else and when he realizes who she is, he rejects her. Brandy blames herself for her lack of sexual experiences and resolves to learn all about sex over the summer to prepare for college. She decides that her end-of-summer goal will be to have sex with Rusty to complete her “To Do List”.

Brandy gets a job at the local pool as lifeguards to be nearer to Rusty, along with her study-buddy Cameron Mitchell (Johnny Simmons). As the newbie, she is hazed by her slacker boss, Willy (Bill Hader), and her other co-workers by being given the most unpleasant jobs, including fishing a turd out of the pool. Brandy assumes her co-workers are playing a prank on her, based on the Baby Ruth joke from the film Caddyshack, so she takes a bite of it only to find that it was feces. Embarrassed, she pushes Willy into the pool as revenge and he reveals that he does not know how to swim, despite managing a swimming pool. She agrees to teach him how to swim in exchange to the hazing.

Brandy gets advice from her sister, Amber (Rachel Bilson), and her mother (Connie Britton), and her two best friends, while her father (Clark Gregg), a judge and devout conservative, is uncomfortable around the talk of sex, especially since his wife is more sexually experienced than him. Using this information, she makes a “to do list” of sexual acts to learn about and perform. As the summer progresses, Brandy has several sexual encounters with Cameron and other boys, all while trying to catch Rusty’s eye. However, Cameron believes that he and Brandy’s sexual encounters are a sign of her romantic interest so he begins to fall in love with her. He is crushed when he discovers her list and realizes he was just part of her “mission”. Meanwhile, Willy catches Brandy, Wendy, Fiona, and adult members of a male grunge band messing around in the pool after-hours. After a scolding, she is sent home where she is confronted by Cameron over the list. Cameron goes away in a huff and Brandy starts to cry. An ex-boyfriend Wendy’s comes over to comfort her and the two hook up.

When Wendy and Fiona come over to watch Beaches, they discover Brandy’s list and see the list of boys with whom she had experimented. They get upset when they found out that Brandy had hooked up with one of their ex-boyfriends and they leave angrily. They declare that Brandy has failed to put “hos before bros,” and call her a slut.

Brandy finally gets close to Rusty when they vandalize a rival pool, but they get caught and Willy is forced to fire her. Brandy asks out Rusty, and he takes her to popular make-out spot to have sex. However, the sex is brief and terrible , which disappoints Brandy. She sees her father and mother in the Dodge Caravan next to them having sex so she freaks out and demands that Rusty take her home immediately.

Meanwhile, Willy goes to the Klark house to stop Brandy from having sex with Rusty, but is met at the door by Amber, who immediately seduces him. When Rusty and Brandy arrive home, a jealous Cameron is there to meet him with a sucker-punch, and they fight until Brandy breaks it up. She compliments each one on their good qualities, then apologizes sincerely to Cameron for using him and offers her own view of sex.

Afterward, she seeks out Wendy and Fiona to apologize to them. She sings “Wind Beneath My Wings” at Wendy’s door, and the two girls eventually join in, forgiving her. Brandy meets up with Willy at the pool, who offers her his job if she comes back next summer as he has decided to quit and follow the Grateful Dead while Jerry Garcia is still alive.

In the fall, Brandy and Cameron meet again at Georgetown University where they have both matriculated. Brandy apologizes to Cameron once more and they agree to try dating. They have sex in her dorm room and Brandy finally achieves orgasm, the last thing on her list, right as her father walks in on them.

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