Cast: Mae Whitman, Robbie Amell, Bella Thorne, Bianca Santos, Skyler Samuels, Nick Eversman, Alison Janney, Romany Malco, Ken Jeong
Directed By: Ari Sandel
Written By: Josh Cagan (screenplay), Kody Keplinger (novel)
Producers: Susan Cartsonis, McG, Mary Viola
Distributor: CBS Films
Bianca (Mae Whitman) 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 (Skyler Samuels & Bianca Santos). Now, despite the words of caution from her favorite teacher (Ken Jeong), she puts aside the potential distraction of her crush, Toby (Nick Eversman), and enlists Wesley (Robbie Amell), 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 (Bella Thorne) and remind everyone that no matter what people look or act like, we are all someone’s DUFF.
I was invited to an advanced screening of the movie and this didn’t affect my opinion of the film in any way.
I was beyond excited when I was invited to watch an early premiere of The DUFF. Although I didn’t necessarily love the book, I always wondered how the movie will turn out since almost the entire plot of the book was basically changed in the movie. Answer: Even with the plot change, the movie turned out to be completely fabulous.
I absolutely adored the way the movie started. It was unique and captured my attention right from the very beginning. It was dramatic, it was fun, and it was snarky. I wish that I could rewatch the beginning again and just stare at its perfection.
I guarantee you guys that you’ll laugh at least ten times during the movie. And maybe you’ll even tear up once. Yes, fine, okay, I’ll admit it, I did tear up during this one particular moment in the movie, but hey, how could you not? You guys will probably tear up a bit too once you’ve watched that part.
I am sad that Bianca’s friends didn’t play a huge role in the movie like they did in the original book though. They just appeared at the beginning of the movie, made very short appearances in the middle, and then played a huge part at the last twenty or so minutes of the movie. It couldn’t be helped with the new plot the movie introduced, but I wish I saw more of them so I could get a feel of their friendship with Bianca a little more.
I’m also sad to say that not much of the book made it into the movie – only the DUFF concept and the relationships between the characters that were in the book made it into the movie – but hey, I enjoyed the movie either way especially since it kept the book‘s awesome message. The DUFF movie certainly stands up on its own despite its lack of similarity to the book. Wait until you see all those fantasies. -wink wink-
The entire movie soundtrack is perfect and I can’t wait for the entire soundtrack to be released so I can add some songs that were used in the movie onto my playlist.
Overall, there’s no doubt that I will strongly recommend you to watch The DUFF movie. Hey, it’ll definitely brighten up your day. What can be better than that?