We meet Bianca (Mae Whitman), who is a very smart and interesting high school girl who finds out some news that is shocking to her. Bianca finds out that she is the DUFF (Designated Ugly Fat Friend) out of her friend group. Bianca is a girl who is into a lot of stuff that you wouldn’t think girls were interested in. She loves horror movies and zombie related things. Everyone is always asking her about her prettier friends and no one ever take notice to her. After finding out that she is now a DUFF, Bianca wants to try to reinvent herself to the world. She seeks the help from her next door neighbor, Wesley (Robbie Amell). Wesley is a football playing jock at school so Bianca thinks he is the perfect person to help her with this. In order for her to become someone who is not noticed as a DUFF, this is what she must do.
First off, The Duff reminds you very much of Mean Girls. Yes, it’s that kind of movie where there is a lot of high school drama and the occasional laugh. I thought this movie was as good as it possibly could be. After reading the premise, how could you think this would be a terrific movie? This movie gave the audience some laugh’s and heartfelt scene’s. This is just another typical teen comedy movie. Mae Whitman gave a good performance as Bianca. She fit the part perfectly. She held this movie together throughout the entire film. That is why I liked it a little more than I thought. She was absolutely the first part. The rest of the characters were completely ridiculous and just not interesting.
I think that this movie has a funny premise, but it was very childish. I did not go into this with high expectations for obvious reasons, but I do think The Duff was fairly entertaining in a way. This movie did not strike me for something that I would watch again. It seemed like the director, Ari Sandel got completely stuck on what to do with this movie. I couldn’t figure out if this was supposed to be a straight up comedy or a serious and heartfelt film. I would say that it was definitely more of a comedy then a drama.
If you have seen Mean Girls, you have seen a much better version of The Duff. This movie was one that just left me more disappointed than excited. I wouldn’t say that this movie is a complete disaster because even though the whole idea of this movie is pretty ridiculous and over-the-top. This is not a movie I would ever really recommend, but if you want to give it a look, then go for it.
Overall, The Duff is a film that is funny, goofy, and even has an occasional heartfelt scene. This is definitely a film that doesn’t know which direction to go towards and I think it was a much goofier version of Mean Girls.
Grade= C (Okay)