Movie Review – The DUFF

Cast: Mae Whitman, Robbie Amell, Bella Thorne [Full cast and crew]
Director: Ari Sandel
Writer(s): Josh Cagan (screenplay), Kody Keplinger (novel)
Producers: Susan Cartsonis, McG, Mary Viola
Genre: Comedy
Distributor: CBS Films
IMDB: 1666801

Bianca is a content high school senior whose world is shattered when she learns the student body knows her as ‘The DUFF’ (Designated Ugly Fat Friend) to her prettier, more popular friends. Now, despite the words of caution from her favorite teacher, she puts aside the potential distraction of her crush, Toby, and enlists Wesley, a slick but charming jock, to help reinvent herself. To save her senior year from turning into a total disaster, Bianca must find the confidence to overthrow the school’s ruthless label maker Madison and remind everyone that no matter what people look or act like, we are all someone’s DUFF.

You can read my review for the book here

I’ve been excited to watch this movie since back in December last year when I accidentally stumbled upon it’s trailer. Although the book did not meet my high expectations, it was still an easy and enjoyable read and from the trailer alone it was clear there were going to be some major (and some minor) changes. Nonetheless, I believe the changes actually made the movie much better than if it would have followed the book completely.

The movie started on a good note. We were introduced to Bianca and her two best friends – with Bianca commentating the scene. It was such a unique and witty introduction that the movie captivated my attention from the start.

I actually preferred how the romance panned out in the movie much more than the book. I wasn’t always fond of the romance between Bianca and Wesley in the book, but whilst watching the movie I found myself wanting the two to be together (this could be due to Whitman’s and Amell’s chemistry).

The Duff movie will definitely make you laugh. Just wait till you see the shopping trip and the fantasies!

If you’re a major fan of the books you may be disappointed to know that the only thing that made it into the movie was the concept of the duff and the relationships between the major characters. However, the movie done a good job portraying the book’s message – which I believe was the most important thing that needed to be included.

Overall, it was a quirky and entertaining movie. I certainly would love to see it again.



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