Duration: 101 minutes
India Release Date: 12-JUN-2015
Bianca 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. Now, despite the words of caution from her favorite teacher, she puts aside the potential distraction of her crush, Toby, and enlists Wesley, 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 and remind everyone that no matter what people look or act like, we are all someone’s DUFF.
Year 2004 had Mean Girls 2010 had Easy A and Year 2015 has THE DUFF: A Next Gen Teenage Comedy. Well, movie kicks off with a cool, graphic newspaper clip that explains high school and the different types of people in high school. DUFF (Designated Ugly Fat Friend) leaves us with lot of learning’s: Everyone has a DUFF in our friend group. It doesn’t always have to mean ugly or fat. An example can be a friend that’s always just kind of there in the friend group and makes everyone else look better OR which is similar to Mae’s character in the film, is the friend of the group that is hilarious and makes everyone die laughing, but is rarely someone a guy is attracted to or would be looking to date. An individual can have different viewpoint to the term duff. No duff is the same. Film also boasts what really happens nowadays with social media BOTH good and bad. People can be so nasty when it comes to
embarrassing someone on social media. This predictable teenage comedy is original is some parts and may not be as edgy as Mean Girls but surely tickle your funny bone and is worth a watch. It teaches young kids that being a “duff” is okay and that you don’t have to fit in to have friends or to be accepted by your peers.
Casting was very well done. All the lead roles were acted adequately especially Mae Whitman (Bianca Piper). She brings so much humor, wit and charm to the table that’s going to make her fans wanting more. Mae Whitman and Robbie Amell had great chemistry together. Ari Sandel’s direction is good and manages to balance fun and sentiment in correct proportion. Music is in sync with overall theme especially a good climax song.
PDF Verdict: A Good-Hearted, Smileworty (if not LoL) likable teenage comedy with Happy Ending.
Ratings: 3 on 5
Performance: 4 on 5
Script: 3 on 5
Screenplay: 3.5 on 5
Music: 3 on 5
Cinematography: 3 on 5