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Aubrey Plaza has a To-Do List

The "Parks and Recreation" and "Safety Not Guaranteed" star's next film is on the calendar for Valentine's Day.

Aubrey Plaza has a To-Do List

Audrey Plaza takes notes from Rachel Bilson in "The To Do List."
Audrey Plaza takes notes from Rachel Bilson in "The To Do List."

Aubrey Plaza, the deadpan Wilmington, Delaware, comedian-turned-TV star of Parks and Recreation fame, made her lead-role film debut this spring in Safety Not Guaranteed, the oddball indie romance about a magazine intern on the trail of a guy (Mark Duplass) who claims to have built a time machine.

Plaza’s next is The To Do List, set for a Valentine’s Day release. Writer/director Maggie Carey, whose credits include Funny or Die, The Jeannie Tate Show and the doc Ladyporn, cast Plaza as Brandy Klark, a type-A high school grad who decides she has to catch up on all the things – like, sex things – heretofore not experienced.  The red-band To Do List trailer, intro-ed by Plaza (as Plaza), promises a lot of R-rated enlightenment. Rachel Bilson, Bill Hader (aka Mr. Maggie Carey), Andy Samberg, Scott Porter, Connie Britton, Clark Gregg, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, Sarah Steele and Alia Shawkat also star.

Here’s a bit of my interview with Plaza from back in June, answering the question: Why acting?

“I’ve always wanted to act, my entire life. I don’t know when the moment was… But yes, it’s weird, I can’t really pinpoint it. I’ve always known that’s what I wanted to do, and then I did it.

“I’m the worst — the worst at interviews. ‘I wanted to do it, and then I did it.’ Ick!”

Click here for the red-band trailer.

Steven Rea Inquirer Movie Columnist and Critic
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Steven Rea has been an Inquirer movie critic since 1992. He was born in London, raised in New York City, and has lived in Los Angeles, San Francisco and Iowa City, Iowa. His column, "On Movies," appears Sundays in Arts & Entertainment, his reviews appear in the Weekend section on Fridays, and his blog, On Movies Online, can be found here. He is a member of the National Society of Film Critics.

Steven Rea's previous blog posts can be found here. Read his most recent columns and reviews, here. He is the author of the book “Hollywood Rides a Bike,” and also curates the movie stars and bicycling photo blog, Rides A Bike.

Steven Rea Inquirer Movie Columnist and Critic
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