Tuesday, July 19, 2016

year 5 day 166

movie: The To Do List
starring: Christopher Mintz-Plasse, Scott Porter
genre: Comedy, Drama
year: 2013
format: Netflix Canada

plot: When an over achiever high school student decides she's going to loose her virginity to the hot guy she works with, she also decides to learn everything she can about sex first.

Isn't that sort of the goal of all teenagers? Have as much sex as you can before you get out of your teens?  Was it funny? Sort of. It had it's moments.

It's set in the early 1990's, when sex was still a bit of a mystery to the average teen, unlike today where the internet has exposed...all puns intended...everything. This almost feels like it's trying to be another version of Sex in the City, but doesn't really make it.  The lead character keeps turning to her friends for some advice, but they end up knowing less than she does. Their innocence seems to be focused through their big desire to do nothing but watch the movie Beaches before heading off into the real world.

The other main theme here seems to be not just taking control of your own sex life, but knowing when to keep emotions out of it and when to let them run wild. Or at lest it seems to up till  the end, where it's almost as if the writer/producer/director had to figure out how to sew it all up in a neat little bow, because the lead comes to the big conclusion that emotions are everything.  As she's caught between the guy she's crazy about and the best guy friend she's been "using" all summer who's crazy about her.

what did I learn? I will never understand the appeal of the movie Beaches.

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