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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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[The DUFF] looks at first as if it's set in a post-clique world, where it's ok to be niche. But no, the film tells us, for jock, goth and geek alike, there's another hurdle: you need to be hot.

Apr 2, 2015 | Rating: 2.5/5 | Full Review…

The Duff is a standard-issue high-school film, but it has some funny material.

Apr 2, 2015 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

This is a well-intentioned and sometimes quite sharp high school movie that falls just short of the mark due to a few way-off-the-mark scenes and too much heavy-handed preaching.

Feb 26, 2015 | Rating: 2.5

It's hard not to see "The Duff" becoming an instant teen classic.

Feb 21, 2015 | Full Review…
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Why is it so wonderful? Because wit and charm matter, and The DUFF has a good deal of both. The cast will be stars, the gags will be immortal, and you'll still be watching this movie years from now.

Feb 20, 2015 | Full Review…

Whitman displays flawless comic timing and consistently makes inspiring choices in terms of delivery, reaction, even the slightest facial expression. She shines confidently in a self-deprecating role, and it's irresistible.

Feb 20, 2015 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

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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 Marie
Nicki Marie

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A predictable romcom. Sends a nice clear message but is overall poorly acted and tiresome!

Film Crazy
Film Crazy

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Based on the book of the same name by Kody Keplinger, "The DUFF" is a teen romantic comedy that both has a feel-good female friendly vibe, and obvious and clichéd characters and situations. As much as I wanted to love this for its silliness and relatability, it really was another run of the mill teen comedy. Read more at

Spencer S.
Spencer S.

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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.

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Carlos Magalhães

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