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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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[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.
The Duff is a standard-issue high-school film, but it has some funny material.
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.
It's hard not to see "The Duff" becoming an instant teen classic.
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.
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.
This is Whitman's show, and she's so strong she makes a good film out of what should have been a middling one.
There's a part of me that thinks I should dislike this film on principle alone, but I'd be lying if I said I did dislike the finished project.
A fairly predictable entry into the teen genre that is elevated thanks to an incredibly charming lead performance from Mae Whitman.
THE DUFF has a visual style that places you in the lexicon of the teen psyche, with self-referential hashtags and slang.
Both the cruelty of the students and the happiness of the ending felt beyond the realm of possibility to me. If you're going to make a satire, you have to go all the way.
What keeps this movie from simply being a tired rip-off is the incredible performance of Mae Whitman.
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.
A predictable romcom. Sends a nice clear message but is overall poorly acted and tiresome!
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 http://www.bluefairyblog.com/reviews/2015/7/21/the-duff
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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