Friday, 13 March 2015

The Duff (2015)

'The DUFF' follows the story of high school student  Bianca (Mae Whitman) who is quite comfortable in her friendship group and her own skin, that is until Wesley (Robbie Amell), a popular and charming jock blurts out that she is The DUFF.
DUFF- Designated, Ugly, Fat Friend.

Wanting to impress her crush, Toby (Nick Eversman), Bianca makes a deal with Wesley- she helps him to pass science and he helps her to bag the boy of her dreams but along the way she discovers that in one way or another we are all somebody's DUFF and we can only be happy when we are happy with ourselves.


'The DUFF' is a charming and witty teen comedy, the script is outstanding and builds up a great on screen atmosphere between the characters.Witman reminds me of  Emma Stone, a little bit quirky and downright hilarious, it is obvious she is going to become a star in teen films after her wonderful performance. Witman and Amell appear so comfortable on screen and they have great chemistry, their moments together had me chuckling many times.
Of course 'The DUFF' is predictable and follows the usual plot summary of a high school outcast trying to change herself but realising she is perfect the way she is and eventually bags the boy of her dreams.

The slapstick humour, sarcastic snaps and over the top reactions are just a way of portraying to the audience that the film itself doesn't take things to seriously but underneath all of that we can sense that it is a genuine and sweet story about inner beauty. Although on what planet is Witman 'fat' or even slightly overweight? That was one issue I had with the film; if you aren't a size 6, 5 foot 11 girl then you're deemed as overweight and in this society today the term 'fat' and any representation of it should be used very lightly.

Overall 'The DUFF' was much better than I had expected, it's definitely something I would watch again just for the feel good factor and the laughs. Yes, it's predictable but deep down we all secretly enjoy a happy ending.


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