The Duff (2015)

Directed by Ari Sandel

Starring Mae Whitman, Robbie Amell, Bella Thorne, Allison Janney, Ken Jeong

I was interested in this movie for a while now mainly because of Mae Whitman. I became aware of her when she played Amber on the series Parenthood and I think she is a good actress. After seeing that it was on Hulu, then it was taken out and now it was on Netflix, I finally got around to seeing it.

The story is mainly about Bianca Piper, she hangs out with two beautiful girls and she is kind of weird and when her neighbor calls her a DUFF, she starts to re-evaluate her place in high school. To change she gets the help of Wesley to improve her image and no longer be the DUFF, which stands for Designated Ugly Fat Friend.

First things first. The movie is full of cliches of the typical teenage movie, from the plot to characters, most of the things were expected and a bit easy to predict. Now for me, that did not ruin the film. The concept of the Duff was interesting and new to me, I don’t know if the term is used in real life. And the movie had its charm and was fun.

Mae Whitman was great as Bianca. She had a charm in her performance and carried the movie for me. The rest were all typical performances for this kind of film. Allison Janney and Ken Jeong added funny moments in the movie.

Even with all the cliches and easy to predict plot lines, I still enjoyed the movie and if you are looking for a simple movie to see and pass the time, this might be a good choice.

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