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The DUFF (2015)

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The DUFF (2015)


Mae Whitman
Robbie Amell

Directed by Ari Sandel

The DUFF is a movie you can sit through without getting pissed at the writers of the obviously obvious things you can guess will occur 5 minutes into the movie.
What made me like this movie is not the story, but the modernization of it, we have seen many teen rom-com with the same tale: someone is side lined and decides to be more out there – in reality it isn’t like that, most of the time. The DUFF plays on the reality which is, you may be socially awkward and still have friends who are not, that being said The DUFF designate the awkward person as a D.U.F.F (Designated Ugly Fat Friend) who doesn’t have to be ugly or fat just less popular and more accessible than the others in the group. The DUFF is the one people go to for information about the other people in her/his group.

None the less, I didn’t feel the movie was great as I have been through this story (not really in this form) many times in other high school rom-coms.

The movie plot starts with an introduction of the group our lead actor is in – Bianca’s group consist of three people, she and her two hot friends. Life was great in their community until Bianca’s childhood friend and neighbor Wes, told her she was the THE DUFF in her group.
The statement caused Bianca to part ways with her friends and seek assistance from Wes to be more less a DUFF and more of a hotty so she can finally be able to get a date with the guy she wants.

I guess my problem will be my age, I was born in the era when She’s All That (1999) was the movie to see, the teen rom-com for the 90s. With that at the back of my mind (not to mention the countless times I have seen it) every teen rom-com reminds me of it, especially when it has to do with a girl coming to reality of who she is and wanting to change, with the help of a guy, that is why this movie is ok for me and why I find it hard to give it a 6, so I will settle for a 5.

The movie rounds up with her acceptance of who she is, and not the transcend balance of the makeover which we see in the regular high school rom-coms. I guess that is why the movie is a critical success, although she did change her looks to a sexier acceptance of herself.

Every other actor in the movie were not near as good as Mae Whitman (who plays the lead Bianca (The DUFF)) she owned this movie and I will advise you wait for your local TV to get the right to show it for ya.


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