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IMDB Rating : 7.1
IMDB Votes : 4,549
User Reviews : 26
Movie Rated : PG-13
Date Released : 20 February 2015
Run Time : 101 min
Movie Genre : Comedy
Movie Director : Ari Sandel
Movie Writer : Josh A. Cagan, Kody Keplinger
Movie Stars : Mae Whitman, Bella Thorne, Robbie Amell, Allison Janney
The DUFF Bianca is a content high school senior whose world is shattered when she learns the student body knows her as ‘The DUFF’ (Designated Ugly Fat Friend) to her prettier, more popular friends. Now, despite the words of caution from her favorite teacher, she puts aside the potential distraction of her crush, Toby, and enlists Wesley, a slick but charming jock, to help reinvent herself. To save her senior year from turning into a total disaster, Bianca must find the confidence to overthrow the school’s ruthless label maker Madison and remind everyone that no matter what people look or act like, we are all someone’s DUFF.
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Bring back Freddie Prinze Jr – please!
This is not a movie.
This is a science experiment.
The object is to establish once and for all whether films like Heathers, Easy A, and Mean Girls (among others) were actually quality productions — or whether there is just something so magically interesting about High School romcoms that ANYBODY with a camera and a script they recently crayoned on the back of a menu can make a successful film…?
Well, the results are in.
Turns out you actually need a good story, a good script, a good director and charismatic actors to pull off a decent film in this genre.
Which pretty much eliminates this entry from the competition as it seems to have none of the above.
(Although Whitman and Amell both show potential, and one suspects with better material they COULD shine)
I have reviewed a lot of films but I cannot easily recall one where every opportunity for entertainment was either sabotaged or missed completely.
The film actually panders to its audience, throwing around internet tradenames as if, by their sheer volume, they can elevate the viewing experience.
At the 30 minute mark, the audience is asked to believe that two teens engaged in picking outfits in local department store could possibly "miss" the fact that they are being video'd by a third teen half-hidden behind a rack of dresses….? In Film School they explain that these are the sorts of "subliminal" turnoffs which make the viewer uncomfortable on a subconscious level, even if the conscious mind misses it.
Have no fear — in this film the script repeats the same trope at the 1:00 mark where the same third party secretly videos the same couple, only this time in the woods.
Does the term "creatively bankrupt" strike a chord?
The ending tries, and that is the most I can say about it.
If anything it tries too hard, and in other reviews I have talked about the filmic dangers of putting too much "message" in your movie.
However in the case of this film, by the time you get to the end — assuming you can — the film-makers have made so many other mistakes that "too much message" is the least of their worries.