Movie Review: The Duff

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The Duff recently hit the theaters on February 20, 2015. This movie, an adaptation of the book The Duff by Kody Keplinger, stars Mae Whitman, Robbie Amell, Bella Thorne, Bianca A. Santos, and Skylar Samuels. The Duff could be considered the 2015 version of Mean Girls because it is a modern film about high school drama and situations that impact teenage lives daily. From popularity status to personal morals, The Duff really connects to many teenagers because the experiences in this movie are very relatable.

The main character of The Duff is Bianca Piper (Mae Whitman). Bianca is a straight A student and a major fan of horror movies. She has two best friends, Jessica (Skylar Samuels) and Casey (Bianca A. Santos), who the whole school can agree are very attractive. The whole school also agrees that Bianca is not as attractive as Jessica and Casey.

Jessica and Casey are invited to a house party that Madison, the school’s most popular yet vicious girl, is hosting. Bianca tags along with her friends. While at the party, Bianca talks to her childhood neighbor and the high school’s most handsome  and charming jock, Wesley Rush (Robbie Amell). Wesley tells Bianca that many students label her as the “d.u.f.f.”, the designated ugly fat friend, of her friends Jessica and Casey. However the “d.u.f.f.” doesn’t need to be ugly or fat, but can also mean that the person is less attractive than her friends. Understandably, Bianca takes this nickname to offense, and she asks Wesley to help her transform her to a more appealing girl therefore shedding her “duff” image forever and hopefully getting her crush Toby (Nick Eversman) to become attracted to her. In return for helping her, Bianca offers to help Wesley prepare to pass an upcoming science midterm in order to stay on the football team.

The characters in The Duff go through a difficult journey that leads to self discovering, self acceptance, self confidence and to understand that no one should let another person define them or emotionally and physically hurt them. Bianca slowly realizes that Madison and other mean students have no control over her with their labels.

I think this movie is overall very funny, yet still keeps the important message that everybody has insecurities and flaws. However, these flaws shouldn’t define them nor should others defining them. This movie is great for anyone who is looking for a great comedy and relatable movie to watch.