The Duff

The Duff

Ari Sandel (2015)

96min
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Review

Our Score
From Heathers and The Breakfast Club to Mean Girls, tales of adolescent outcasts navigating the teenage jungle of American high school have been a teen-flick stalwart. While this latest entry in the Pygmalion with Clearasil genre doesn't bring anything new to the table, it's still fun enough to hang out with for a while. It follows Bianca (Mae Whitman), initially branded a "DUFF" (the Designated Ugly Fat Friend), whose role in the social hierarchy is to act as a gateway to her more interesting and dateable pals. But she is transformed into a prom princess under the tutelage of her jock best friend (a mostly likeable Robbie Amell) which makes the sexual politics hopelessly confused. A film supposedly about "being yourself" still insists that, for teenage girls, the most important achievement in school is peer approval and a socially acceptable boyfriend. This lack of originality is compensated for by snappy dialogue, energetic direction and great support from, among others, The West Wing's Allison Janney as Bianca's ditzy mom.

Summary

A teenager discovers everyone in her high school consider her the least attractive member of her social group. She enlists the aid of a charming jock to help her reinvent herself, in the hope of catching the eye of a boy she has a crush on and outshining the mean girl responsible for her poor reputation. Comedy, starring Mae Whitman and Robbie Amell.

Cast & Crew

Bianca Mae Whitman
Wesley Robbie Amell
Madison Bella Thorne
Casey Bianca Santos
Jess Skyler Samuels
Toby Nick Eversman
Mr Arthur Ken Jeong
Dottie Allison Janney
Principal Buchanon Romany Malco
Mr Filmore Chris Wylde
Director Ari Sandel
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: Entertainment OneGuidance: Brief swearing.Available on: DVD and Blu-rayReleased on: 3 Apr 2015
Comedy