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
Distributor: CBS Films
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.