This movie is based on Kody Keplinger’s novel The DUFF: Designated Ugly Fat Friend, which I have never read. I watched this movie because I thought it would be a fun, light chick-flick, but it was surprisingly deep! I’m honestly not sure if I’ll ever read the book, because I think the movie was great on its own.
The premise of the story is that there’s this high school girl named Bianca who has been best friends with two really popular girls for years. They’ve done everything together since she can remember, and she soon realizes that they almost define her. People don’t think that Bianca is as pretty or “dateable” as her two friends, which quickly becomes apparent when her neighbor, Wesley, calls her a DUFF: a Designated Ugly Fat Friend. As Bianca struggles to come to terms with this title, she asks Wesley for help in becoming less of a DUFF. But somehow she develops feelings for Wesley… and maybe they’re mutual?
Yes, this movie had some really hilarious scenes and a great cast, and while it did exaggerate on a few aspects of high school (I sure don’t have everyone’s cell phone number from school!) it did a decent job of capturing the overall feel of it. But the real reason I liked it so much was because it ended up being a lot more heartfelt and meaningful than I first expected. The messages it delivers are great, and it doesn’t feel as though the movie is preaching them to you. It urges viewers to accept themselves the way they are now and to realize that, in a way, we are all DUFFs. There will always be someone better at something than you, but you’re always going to be better at something than someone else. Everything comes full circle, and it’s completely okay not to be the absolute BEST at everything.
AND THE ENDING. It was adorable!! A tad cliché, certainly, but it was so cute that I didn’t even care.
This movie is also awesome because Bianca is such an easy character to relate to. She’s an average teenage girl trying to survive high school, and I think that most of us can say that we’ve been that in one form or another. Too often main characters are undeniably special, with extraordinary circumstances that would be difficult to replicate. And while the hottest guy in school might not always be your next door neighbor, you never know where you’ll meet some great friends.
Overall, I really enjoyed this movie and definitely recommend it if you’re in the mood for something light, fun, and a good laugh!
Have you ever seen this movie? What did you think of it? Let me know in the comments section below!