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The DUFF doesn't achieve teen-movie greatness, but offers enough of a postmodern twist on the genre to recommend -- and boasts typically great work from star Mae Whitman.



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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. (C) CBS Films


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  • Jun 02, 2016
    No it isn't Mean Girls or even Easy A for that matter, but The DUFF won me over due to Mae Whitman and Robbie Amell's considerable charms. Not a classic, and the ending is a bit too cliché, but given the supremely low standards I had upon viewing, I was pleasantly surprised. Rating: 68
    Bradley J Super Reviewer
  • Apr 09, 2016
    Cute. I haven't read the book, so not devastated by what is apparently a big change from the original story. Decent young (non of whom I know) cast and a few laughs. It wasn't completely engrossing but I liked it enough to finish watching. Probably nice for tween girls and young teens to watch.
    Nicki M Super Reviewer
  • Jul 23, 2015
    What seems at first like just another ordinary teen movie turns out to be a lot better in a funnier second half that gets especially elevated by the great chemistry between Whitman and Amell, who are very charismatic and couldn't have been a more perfect choice for their roles.
    Carlos M Super Reviewer
  • Jul 12, 2015
    A high-school comedy classic. A hilarious and incredibly fun comedy with lots of heart and a great cast. It showcases the social awareness of teenagers, including technology and social media that have a huge impact of popularity and their social lives. This was just too much fun with some huge laughs. The cast have great chemistry together. Mae Whitman and Robbie Amell totally nail it, they play off one another wonderfully. Skyler Samuels and Bianca Santos are terrific.
    Al S Super Reviewer

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