‘The DUFF’: Next new popular teenage romcom


First of all, what is a DUFF?

DUFF stands for Designated Ugly Fat Friend. Pretty brutal, right?

Mae Whitman stars as senior Bianca Piper, the edgy, smart and sassy main protagonist. Bianca gets bluntly told by the charismatic jock, Wesley Rush, portrayed by Robbie Amell, that she’s the ‘DUFF’ of her close group of friends.

Refusing to have her senior year a disaster, she makes it her mission to ‘unDUFF’ herself.

At the very beginning, it’s specified that being a DUFF doesn’t necessarily mean being ugly and fat but the least attractive of the group. Though with the new form of insult, you would think the character would worry about her appearance and adds to self-esteem issues, but it doesn’t. In fact, Bianca uses her wit and her self confidence to change her school’s perspective on this issue.

“The DUFF” is based off the brook written by Kody Keplinger. I haven’t read the novel but from what I’ve heard, the movie is a different version of the story.

The movie was filled with contemporary trends, the classic high school hierarchy, youth drama, profanity and constant references to Twitter, Snapchat, Facebook, etc.

With music from popular artists such as Nick Jonas, The Chainsmokers, Fall Out Boy, and Charlie XCX, the soundtrack tied the movie up perfectly.

Being that the movie was rated PG-13, I found myself in awe at the constant profanity the teenagers threw at each other and the suggestive dialogue in the movie. Being that the movie was rated PG-13, it was obvious that they wanted to take advantage of the rating. It was filled with sexual innuendos, and the most creative curse words teenagers can make up.

I did find myself disappointed with the great secondary characters that were poorly developed, such as Bianca’s newly single mother, her loyal friends or her hilarious journalism teacher. They had a small amount of screen time that did not meet their characters’ potential justice.

However, the chemistry between Amell and Whitman balance out the small flaws in the movie and keeps you intrigued throughout the fast-paced romance comedy.

“The DUFF” encourages young people see beyond the high school labels instead rather think about how they see themselves.

Despite the corny cliche of “The DUFF,” I would definitely watch it again.