Even if you aren’t in love with “Parks and Recreation” star Aubrey Plaza — and by this point, who isn’t? — the red-band trailer for her new movie “The To-Do List” features so many familiar faces, you’re bound to come across someone — likely a TV star — you love.
First, you’ll notice Alia Shawkat, best known for playing Maeby Funke on “Arrested Development.” Here, she’s one of Plaza’s best friends (the other is Sarah Steele who you probably know from watching “Spanglish” too many times on TBS), there to console her after being laughed off the stage by Christopher Mintz-Plasse during her valedictorian speech. Maeby is on a mission to get her uptight BFF some boys, and Plaza reluctantly sets her sights on a long-haired Scott Porter (“Friday Night Lights,” “Hart of Dixie”). Afraid he won’t be interested due to her sexual inexperience — a ridiculous idea considering the one-track minds of high school boys — Plaza turns to her older sister for advice. In perhaps the most brilliant bit of casting, Rachel Bilson handles the role exactly as I imagine her “O.C.” character Summer Roberts would had she had a younger sister: with hard-hitting advice involving the word “penis.”
Also dropping in for the extended trailer are Clark Gregg (“Much Ado About Nothing,” “The Avengers”) and Connie Britton (Mrs. Coach, “Nashville”) as Plaza’s parents, Andy Samberg, Bill Hader, and Donald Glover (“Community,” Childish Gambino). It’s quite the who’s who of fan favorite, B-list actors, and nothing would make us happier than if “The To Do List” turns out to be the 2013 version of “Easy A” or “Superbad,” given its R-rated premise. The Black List script —originally titled “The Hand Job” — comes from first-time feature writer and director Maggie Carey, an improv veteran at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre in New York City. Still, the plot feels a little generic for such a likable bunch. Do we really need another movie about a high schooler trying to lose his or her virginity before college?
What do you think? Is the cast enough for you to buy a ticket when “The To Do List” hits theaters on July 26? Check out the trailer below and let us know what you think.