Movie Review: The DUFF

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This movie is based on Kody Keplinger’s novel The DUFF: Designated Ugly Fat Friendwhich 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 DUFF movie poster

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.

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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!

Yours,

HOLLY

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17 thoughts on “Movie Review: The DUFF

    1. Right! It gives off more of a fun-chick-flick vibe than a this-will-teach-you-life-lessons feeling at first, but I’m so glad it incorporates both directions. It was a great pleasant surprise! 🙂

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  1. Glad you liked this one! I’ve heard nothing but great things about this movie, despite it being different from the book (which I haven’t read either). Looking forward to it! Great review 😀

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      1. I still need to watch the movie, but judging from the trailers/reviews, for the worse :/ In the book Wesley isn’t her neighbour, and there’s no sort of ‘help me not be a duff’. I’ll have to watch the movie (and re-read the book) to properly judge though! 🙂

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  2. I so want to try it!! I’ve heard it’s different to the book (which is understandable because that’s not really a PG rated book, hehe) buuuut, it still seems epic and I heard the author highly loves it too. XD
    Thanks for stopping by @ Paper Fury!

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  3. I loved the film but I know people who have read the book and hated the film which kind of makes me wonder is the book worth reading? I’m sure the book is great as long as you don’t go into it expecting it to be like the film – I mean you have to be like that with any book-to-film-adaptation anyway. I loved Bianca’s character she was so relatable plus her friendship with Wesley was great. I also agree with you about the message the film captured – it was fantastic.

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  4. I really liked the movie too, but I’ve also read the book and they are nothing alike.
    If you want to know the main differences, I’d sum it up like this: There is no mean girl in the book, Bianca does not go to prom in the end, because that’s just not her thing and her relationship with Wes is … let’s just say very different. Also, in the book Bianca lived with her father who’s an alcoholic while her mother toured the country with her program.
    I don’t know which one I like better, because Bianca isn’t my favourite literary character (her voice or Keplinger’s style of writing just wasn’t for me). However, the book is a lot less clichéd and goes even deeper than the movie. 🙂

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