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The Duff

Out Of Theatre
12 Jun, 2015 1 hr 41 mins U/A
Mae Whitman, Robbie Amell, Bella Thorne, Bianca Santos, Skyler Samuels, Nick Eversman, Alison Janney, Romany Malco, Ken Jeong
Synopsis
Despite the very predictable way the movie moves along, the message here is simple โ€“ that if someone loves you, they will do so because of who you really are on the inside.
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Story: During a party, college football star Wes (Amell) tells his buddy Bianca (Whitman) that she is a 'DUFF', or 'Designated Ugly Fat Friend' and guys are only sociable to her in order to get with her good-looking girlfriends. Shocked, she tries to reinvent her look in order to win over Toby (Eversman), who she's hot for.

Review: Ari Sandel bases this story on Kody Keplinger's novel of the same name and gives us a lighthearted yet telling look at the kind of peer pressure that some US high school students face. So systematic is the improvised 'class system' is that there are even innocuous-sounding acronyms designed to conveniently categorize peers into neat slots. Bianca has great grades, yet she doesn't realize that guys are nice to her just to use her like a 'gateway' to approach her bombshell babe buddies Jess (Samuels) and Casey (Santos). Bianca has both wit and candor but she wears pajamas to school and is decidedly frumpy.

She is pissed off with Wes for his bluntness ("On an average day how many people ask you questions about Jess and Casey, and how many about you?" he asks her) but at the same time, is appreciative that he serves her the truth straight up. They make a deal to help each other out. He will help her change her look and mannerisms into something that conforms to what her peers consider cool and she will help Wes with his science grades so that he can get his sports scholarship for college.

Cyberbullying is also represented when Wes' jealous girlfriend Madison (Thorne), in order to shame Bianca, secretly shoots a video of the latter acting goofy while trying on new clothes in the local mall, and it goes viral. The manner in which Sandel sets up Wes and Bianca's building chemistry makes the way in which this film plays out pretty obvious. Despite the very predictable way the movie moves along, the message here is simple, well-known and comfortingly reassuring - that if someone loves you, they will do so because of who you really are on the inside.
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Brahmdeo Singh
This is a story of a common looking girl who is not considered beautiful. So they call her duff. At first she was very much annoyed and then decided to enjoy situation as it coames. Ultimately she proved that beauty is not every thing. If a girl of common looks also handles herself properly and lives as she is, she impresses every body, liked by all and becomes successful. This is a good film with a message to young girls who are not considered very beautiful. Simple message is that remain what you are and do not try to impress any body by being beautiful. .
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