“The DUFF” movie review

After visiting the cinema at the beginning of the week, it’s fair to say that The DUFF left my sides hurting and jaw aching from laughing so much at the newest film from Lionsgate and CBS Films. Based on book by Kody Keplinger, the movie is a story of high school girl Bianca (Mae Whitman) who discovers she is her best friends’ DUFF (Designated Ugly Fat Friend). Now the confusing part is, you don’t have to be ugly or fat to be a DUFF, it simply means you are the approachable one that makes your friends look better. Bianca’s childhood friend and neighbour, Wesley (Robbie Amell), agrees to ‘unDUFF’ her in exchange for her helping him pass science.

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Obviously, no movie set in a high school would be complete without the lead actress getting completely humiliated in front of her whole school, and yes you guessed it – that is exactly what happens. While out shopping for new outfit with Wes in order to renovate her life, Bianca is caught making out with a manikin, pretending it is her long term crush, Toby (Nick Eversman). When the high school’s very own mean girl and non-other that Wesley’s on off girlfriend Madison (played by Bella Thorne) lays eyes on the video, also after discovering Bianca and Wes had been together, it goes viral, gaining over 20k views on Madison’s up and coming YouTube channel.

Throughout the film I both laughed, cried and cringed, as well as becoming a walking, talking, breathing heart eye emoji when Bianca walked into the boys changing rooms to speak to Wesley, only to find him shirtless (surprise surprise, I mean what movie aimed at teenage girls doesn’t feature a high school hunk) however I am not at all complaining and I’m sure you won’t complain either!

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Of course, the film ends up with Bianca living happily ever after, but I’ll leave that down to you to discover how. After seeing the movie, I feel like I have a little bit of a DUFF inside of me, but as Bianca says in the film, so does everyone. There’s always going to be someone prettier or better at something that you so you’re always going to be somebodies DUFF (as horrible as that may sounds, you will understand what I’m trying to say a lot more once you’ve seen the film).

To me, the film seemed like a more mature version of Angus, Thongs and Perfect Snogging, which I absolutely loved and still do, however with a lot less cringey moments. It has also been described by many film critics as a cross between Mean Girls and Bridesmaids so if you love those types of films this is definitely one for you.

The DUFF is out in cinemas across the UK and US now, it’s final worldwide release date is 17th April and you can check out the official trailer here http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ci7eKlNRiuw

Emily X

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