Wednesday, March 11, 2015


The Duff

Mae Whitman, Robbie Amell


February 20, 2015

Ari Sandel

CBS Films

1 hour 40 minutes



In high school, kids are subjected to different cliques and groups and clubs that they can be in.  This leads to them being labeled as "jock," "nerd," "popular," or any other term you can think of.  There's even a term for the "third wheel" of a group of friends, and that term is "duff."  "DUFF" stands for "Designated Ugly Fat Friend, and that is the label that Mae Whitman's character in the new film "The Duff" gets attached to.  It's easy to expect romance, slapstick, and cliches galore in a film like this, as this isn't the first teen chick-flick comedy to come out.  However, it's nice when looks can be deceiving.  Within the love triangles, girly montages, and predictable plot-lines is a sweet, charming, and even legitimately funny movie that I enjoyed more than I expected to.

If you're a teen girl, chances are you're going to love this film.  If you're a guy who's dragged along to see this, you may very well be surprised at the overall quality of this flick.  It's no "Mean Girls" or "Easy A," but it still holds its own and manages to stand strong on its own, making this a movie that I would definitely recommend checking out.  The chemistry between Whitman and Amell is great, the story is charming, and the film as a whole is a satisfactory time at the theater.  The only downsides to the film are its predictability and a rather one dimensional performance from teen starlet Bella Thorne.  Other than that, this is a really fun film overall.  So, if you're looking for a teen film that isn't part of a multi-million dollar franchise, or you just want to see a movie adaptation of a book that doesn't have any odd sexual content (for the most part), then I'd definitely say to check out "The Duff" whenever possible.

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