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The Duff

  • Comedy
  • Drama
  • 2015
  • Ari Sandel
  • 96 mins
  • 12A

Summary

Comedy starring Mae Whitman and Robbie Amell. A high-school senior is devastated to discover she has been cruelly branded the "DUFF", aka the Designated Ugly Fat Friend, of her friendship group. Determined to change, she enlists the help of a flunking jock to turn her life around.

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Review

A star rating of 3 out of 5.

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.

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Credits

Cast

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BiancaMae Whitman
WesleyRobbie Amell
MadisonBella Thorne
CaseyBianca Santos
JessSkyler Samuels
TobyNick Eversman
Mr ArthurKen Jeong
DottieAllison Janney
Principal BuchanonRomany Malco
Mr FilmoreChris Wylde

Crew

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DirectorAri Sandel

Details

Theatrical distributor
Entertainment One
Released on
2015-04-03
Languages
English | Spanish
Guidance
Brief swearing.
Available on
DVD and Blu-ray
Formats
Colour
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