The Duff is about a high school senior who instigates a social pecking order revolution after finding out that she’s been labeled the “DUFF” (Designated Ugly Fat Friend) to her prettier, more popular friends.
Now here’s a movie that feels and looks all too familiar. It’s a frequently seen coming of age story set in a high school. And we have to ignore the fact that the cast seems a little old for high school, as most usually do as most casting directors always seem to cast a little older then what the character is written to be.
No one breaks a sweat in regards to their performances. It was nice to see Allison Janney in an upbeat film but it was nothing in comparison to her funny bit part as the school’s guidance counsellor in the 1999 smash hit, 10 Things I Hate About You.
Mae Whitman, who plays our lead in this film, caught my eye in Perks of Being A Wallflower and definitely seemed like an actress who could have fun with playing a lead in a film like The Duff. You really do want to join her on her journey to become something better than she is but somehow it just seems too formulaic.
This film was so filled with cheese and was ultimately predictable I found myself drifting through the motions of a typical teenage romantic comedy. The film’s predictable in the fact that the “crush” the lead has on a guy turns out to be a jerk and of course she instead falls in love with neighbour jock and best friend since childhood. It’s horrible, but it is watchable. It’s nothing spectacular but it’s good for a Friday night in front of the tv with a pizza.