Beyond the Smirk
by Michael Dunaway
In The To-Do List Aubrey Plaza’s character makes a checklist of sexual acts to try, and then methodically makes her way through them. But it’s in Plaza’s own career that the plans actually seem to be coming together the best. In the midst of a long and much-beloved run on critical and popular favorite sitcom Parks and Recreation, she began with a few small parts in celebrated indies—notably Judd Apatow’s Funny People, Whit Stillman’s Damsels in Distress and Edgar Wright’s Scott Pilgrim vs. the World. She then progressed to her first co-lead, with Mark Duplass, in the Sundance hit Safety Not Guaranteed. And now...