xXx: Return of Xander Cage
The last forty minutes of the movie do come together in a pretty diverting way.
Who can even remember what happened in 1993? We're going out on a limb and guessing Steven Spielberg. Not only did "Jurassic Park" become the highest-grossing film ever at that time, but his World War II drama "Schindler's List" won the Oscar for best picture.
As fate would have it, there is another list movie opening this very weekend: "The To Do List," which takes place during the summer of 1993. It, however, involves a different sort of itemizing.
It's doubtful that this occasionally riotous, often raunchy and overtly ragged boundary-breaking sex farce set during the first year of the Clinton administration will be in the running for Academy Award recognition. However, considering that 20 years ago the most popular comedy was "Mrs. Doubtfire" with Robin Williams in matronly drag, it does offer proof that there has been some evolution at the movies in the ensuing two decades. At least "The To Do List"'s leading lady is an actual woman in the form of the whip-smart and whippet-lean Aubrey Plaza (TV's "Parks and Recreation"), who manages to merge the gangly allure of a young Mackenzie Phillips with the deadpan appeal of MTV's animated anti-heroine Daria.
Director/writer Maggie Carey's choice of era adds pop-nostalgia snap to her Gen-X twist on the kind of lusty antics that are usually the purview of male cinematic debauchery, with references to everything from Tracey Gold, Trapper Keepers and Wonderbras to Marky Mark, VHS tapes and Nirvana. The soundtrack reflects the tenor of the times as well: "Me So Horny" by 2 Live Crew—which topped Tipper Gore's parental advisory no-no list for lyrics—naughtily pants and moans over the opening credits.