The DUFF
Title: The DUFF
Original title: The Duff
Release year: 2015
Country: United States
Genres: Comedy, Romance
Director: Ari Sandel
Stars: Mae Whitman, Bella Thorne, Robbie Amell
Rating: 3/5

A high school senior instigates a social pecking order revolution after finding out that she has been labeled the DUFF – Designated Ugly Fat Friend – by her prettier, more popular counterparts.

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Breaking Free from the Label: A Review of "The DUFF

2024-01-30

“The DUFF,” a 2015 teen comedy, tells the story of Bianca (Mae Whitman), a high school senior who discovers she’s been labeled the “Designated Ugly Fat Friend” (DUFF) by her popular friends. Initially crushed, Bianca decides to take control of the narrative and embarks on a journey of self-discovery and acceptance.

The film’s central theme of defying labels and embracing individuality is both timely and relatable. Bianca’s experience of being judged solely on her appearance resonates with viewers who have ever felt ostracized or insecure. The movie cleverly subverts traditional high school stereotypes, portraying the popular kids as not entirely benevolent and Bianca as possessing hidden depths and talents.

Whitman delivers a charming and nuanced performance as Bianca, capturing her vulnerability, humor, and resilience. Her chemistry with Robbie Amell, who plays the jock enlisted to help Bianca with her makeover plan, is undeniable. The supporting cast, including Bella Thorne and Allison Janney, provides strong performances as well.

While the film’s plot occasionally falls into familiar teen comedy tropes, the execution is fresh and engaging. The humor is smart and often self-deprecating, and the message of self-acceptance is delivered without being preachy. “The DUFF” is a delightful and heartwarming film that will resonate with teenagers and adults alike.

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