Movie Review: The DUFF


Move over, Mean Girls, because there’s a new teen movie on the scene that’s sure to become a classic. The DUFF, starring Mae Whitman, Robbie Amell, and Bella Thorne, is the best cheesy, cliché, teen movie that I have seen since, well, Mean Girls. It’s so great, in fact, that I actually went to see it in theaters twice and I will probably still be one of the first to buy it when comes out on DVD. #noshame

The movie is centered around high school senior Bianca who finds out from her childhood friend/ high school’s biggest flirt, Wes, that she is the “DUFF” (Designated Ugly Fat Friend). Although she really is neither ugly nor fat, the role of the “DUFF” is to make her friends look better in comparison. Reeling from this revelation, Bianca enlists Wes to help her transform her look from DUFF to dateable so she can win the heart of her long-time crush, Toby Tucker. This movie has everything that a teen comedy should, including: romantic mishaps, cliques, a homecoming dance, a Queen Bee, and the quirky girl who gets the guy.

If this sounds like the plot of terribly clichéd teen flick, that’s because it is; the difference with The DUFF is that it embraces the cheesiness, which makes it all the more endearing, while also delivering a powerful message about embracing who you are and not letting labels define you. Some heavier topics like cyberbullying and body image are addressed in a realistic and even somewhat comical way, resonating with teens everywhere. This movie is the very definition of “feel-good”, and you will no doubt leave the theater with a smile on your face and a new vocabulary word.

The DUFF, rated PG-13, is in theaters now.