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Thursday, 2 April 2015

Review| The DUFF film

Second cinema trip within two days but I am definitely not complaining!
Instead of going to see a Disney film unlike yesterday when I saw Cinderella (for my review on that click here) but to go and see a preview of The DUFF.


Starring: Mae Whitman, Robbie Amell, Bella Throne, Bianca Santos, Skyler Samuels, Allison Janney, Chris Wylde and Ken Jeong
Director: Ari Sandel
Running time: 101 minutes
Release Year: 2015
Rating out of 5: 4

Bianca (Whitman) is a high school senior whose world is turned upside down when she learns that she is the DUFF (Designated Ugly Fat Friend) in her friendship group (Samuels and Santos). Despite her best attempt to not let it bother her, she distracts herself with her crush on Toby. She enlists the help of Wesley (Amell), a charming jock who happens to be her next door neighbour, to reinvent herself from her label. However, with people like Madison (Thorne) whose ruthlessness pushes forward the stereotypes, will Bianca succeed and get the man she likes. But most importantly, will she break away from the labels and be her own kind of person?

This may seem like just another teenage film but it really isn't. It shows you the technologically based generation that we associate teenagers with being in todays society. How one tweet, status, a photograph or a video (the case in this film) can affect someone, whether it goes viral or not. It also highlights the stereotypical labels that teenagers have in school. The moral of the film is something that I, and others, will take away and learn from it: don't be a label. To step out of your comfort zone, like Bianca did, and to break away from the crowd, to be yourself. Many people today want to fit in with a group but individuality is so important and is highlighted throughout this teen-comedy.

However, it is also hilarious! The cast just delivers the funny one liners, especially the two teachers (Jeong and Wylde) in the homecoming scene and the scene with Amell and Whitman in the shopping mall is great. Although there is swearing, you completely look past it.
I personally did not know Perks of Being a Wallflower actress Whitman work until I saw this and I can say that I fell in love with her. The way she played Bianca, her actions and her words, she was perfectly cast. The Tomorrow People actor Robbie Amell was fantastic as Wesley, whilst Shake It Off star Bella Thorne provided a different side of her talents as scheming popular girl Madison.

The only criticism I had is that the ending was predictable. It is a bit like Mean Girls but the moral of 'The DUFF' film is something that you can sympathise with and relate to yet it makes you think and empowers you to do the same as Bianca, because at the end of the day, we should all be our weird self.

Theatrical trailer:



Due to this being a preview, it isn't actually out until 6th April but I cannot recommend that you go and see this film enough!
Until next time x

Follow The DUFF on twitter: @TheDUFF or search 'The DUFF' on Facebook.
Follow the cast on twitter: Mae Whitman, Robbie Amell, Bella Throne, Bianca Santos, Skyler Samuels, Allison Janney, Ken Jeong
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