I finally watched The Duff few days ago! I’ve read the book and from my review, you can tell I loved it! However, when I saw the trailer for the movie, I wasn’t very happy because it looked like “Mean Girls” and I was afraid that the message from the book would not translate into the movie. However, I was pleasantly surprised, so here’s my review of The Duff movie.
Bianca (Mae Whitman) 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 (Skyler Samuels & Bianca Santos). Now, despite the words of caution from her favorite teacher (Ken Jeong), she puts aside the potential distraction of her crush, Toby (Nick Eversman), and enlists Wesley (Robbie Amell), 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 (Bella Thorne) and remind everyone that no matter what people look or act like, we are all someone’s DUFF. (C) CBS Films
So I’m going to keep this short because I already wrote a review of the book. Like I said, I was not that excited for the movie, but it was very fresh, entertaining, funny and smart. The movie did try to send the message that was in book even though the plot was slightly changed. The main difference between the book and the movie was the relationship of Bianca and Wes. to be honest, I missed the casual hook ups from the book, but the movie went with slightly sweeter approach that is typical for teen rom com.
The one and only reason you should go watch this movie is MAE WHITMAN. Oh my god, she my new girl crush! Her presence was absolutely hilarious and totally held the movie together. I’m probably going to try Parenthood because she was so incredibly funny and relatable. Her chemistry with Robbie Amell was one of the stronger parts of the movie and I thought he was very likeable.
As far as other supporting characters go, I was not a fan of the other high school students – particularly Bella Thorne’s character. She was very one dimensional and very stereotypical along with Bianca’s best friends. While watching the movie, I did not understand why them two would be Bianca’s best friends because they didn’t seem to have anything in common. The “adults” in the movie were quite funny and it seemed like the movie invested a lot in the cast like Ken Jeong (The Hangover) and Allison Janney (Mom, Juno).
Overall, it’s a nice fun movie that does not require too much concentration. It is full of clichés and predictability, but Mae Whitman brings some edge to it. Also social media plays a big role in the movie, which makes more up-to-date than Easy A or Mean Girls. If you are into this genre, you will definitely enjoy it! And drop a comment below.
Rating: 3.5 out of 5