The DUFF

 

Movie:  The DUFF

Rating:  3 Stars (Out of 5)

Review:   When the heck did everyone start talking in acronyms?  It happened way before the current Twitter frenzy.  I blame the government and their alphabet soups.  But that’s just my opinion, as Dennis Miller used to rant; I could be wrong.

A DUFF is a Designated Ugly Fat Friend, and Bianca (Mae Whitman) has just had an epiphany:  she’s the DUFF among her circle of friends that include Jess (Skylar Samuels) and Casey (Bianca Santos).  And being in high school with peer pressures and social anxieties cranked to the max, being known as a DUFF is not a happy thought.  What’s a girl to do?

Change the image, that’s what!  After all, image is everything, right?  So Bianca enlists the advice and social expertise of football captain and all around hunk Wesley (Robbie Amell) to improve her status on the high school ladder of winners and losers.  It could work, as long as Wesley’s insanely jealous ex-girlfriend Madison (Bella Thorne) doesn’t do anything conniving and vicious….

In addition to walking the daily tightrope of high school interactions, Bianca has been tasked by her teacher Mr. Arthur (Ken Jeong) to write a school newspaper article regarding the Homecoming Experience.  Then there’s the home life, coping with single Mom Dottie and her constant advice on how to be a believer and achiever.  Hoo boy.

This is a pretty decent film for a high school comedy/drama movie.  Mae Whitman handles the cyber bullying issues with a light touch, and carries the heavy lifting in the lead role with skill for her young age.  High school can be a snake pit, but we all have to get through it.  This movie shows that all of us DUFFs don’t have to be victims or have a bad time of it.

Actors To Watch:  Ken Jeong steals every scene he is in.  For folks who only know him from the Hangover movies, Jeong can really play any role that he’s given.  He is one of the best character actors around.   As for Bella Thorne, the drop dead gorgeous leader of the “In Crowd”, she really needs to break out of that mold (check out Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day) so we can see if she can really act.

Huh?  What The….:  How come if Wesley is suspended from the football team he still gets to practice with them?

Dialogue Nuggets:   “There is no Bianca, Tess and Casey without Bianca!”

“How old is that porn you’ve been watching?”

“High school matters!  There will always be winners like me, and losers like you.”

“Even my car is a DUFF!”

“If anybody sees this, I will rip off your nut sack.  Rip it!”

Mr. Arthur assisting computer user:  “Hit that long thing at the bottom – it’s called a space bar….”

 

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