Maggie Carey’s THE HAND JOB becomes THE TO-DO LIST

Julian Stark

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June 13th, 2011

Maggie Carey's THE HAND JOB now titled THE TO-DO LIST

Well, this certainly makes sense. The Playlist reports that Maggie Carey’s upcoming comedy, formerly titled THE HAND JOB, will now be titled THE TO-DO LIST. No doubt that the original name helped instill interest in the script, but it’s not exactly something that most television stations – if any at all – would advertise. It’s somewhat reminiscent of when ZACK AND MIRI MAKE A PORNO hit theaters: it was advertised as ZACK AND MIRI, chopping off the last half of the title for obvious reasons.

To be honest, this new title is actually much better than THE HAND JOB. THE TO-DO LIST is a much more innocent title on the surface. However, the film is about the to-do list of sexual activities that a bookish high school grad, played by Aubrey Plaza of SCOTT PILGRIM VS. THE WORLD and NBC’s Parks and Recreation, has yet to do. Since that's the case, it’ll quickly lose its supposed innocence but without a blatant title like THE HAND JOB, so some moments with advertisement-friendly humor can be broadcast on television without having to worry about censoring the title.

With Plaza leading the cast and other roles being filled by actors like Alia Shawkat, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, and Andy Samberg, THE TO-DO LIST sounds like a terrific project, and with the title change, we won’t have to worry about whether or not we’ll see promotion for it.

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