I watched The Duff over the weekend. The movie is about a teenager who learns she is the ordinary, but approachable person in her group of friends. She doesn’t like the idea of being a DUFF, so she enlists the help of her neighbor to become more popular. The film is predictable, but I still liked The DUFF. For the most part, the movie was realistic and it also had its funny moments. But what I think will resonate with most people is the main character. She’s the duff in the movie, but in the real world, anyone of us could be the duff in our group. The DUFF will be available on Blu-ray and DVD on June 9th. Continue reading to learn six things about The DUFF (Lionsgate Home Entertainment and CBS Films).
Six Things About the DUFF
DUFF is short for Designated Ugly Fat Friend
In the movie, Bianca Piper finds out she is a DUFF, which is short for Designated Ugly Fat Friend. She’s not really ugly or fat, but her two best friends in her group are pretty and skinny. Bianca doesn’t like the idea of being a duff, so she breaks up with her two best friends, and then asks her neighbor (Wes) to help her become a cooler person. Much of the story focuses on Piper trying to become cooler, but in the end, she realizes that everyone is a duff.
The movie is predictable
In the film, Piper has a mad crush on another student. She fantasizes about her crush and she eventually goes on a date with him. But because the movie is so predictable, you know she’ll end up in love with someone else. Sorry for the little spoiler, but everyone will know how the story ends after watching only a few minutes of the movie. BTW, I was surprised Piper wasn’t transformed into a goddess at the end of the film. She did look better on prom night, but I was expecting her to be drop-dead gorgeous by the end of the film. But she wasn’t.
The DUFF is based on a book
The movie is based on a novel by the same name: The DUFF: (Designated Ugly Fat Friend) (by Kody Keplinger). I have not read the 304-page book, but it might be worth checking out if you’re looking for a book to read.
Ken Jeong is the big name in the film
With the exception of Ken Jeong, I didn’t recognize any of the actors in The Duff. For a change, Jeong, who played the part of Mr. Arthur the journalism teacher, is actually relatively mellow compared to his usual crazy roles. The stars of the movie are Mae Whitman and Robbie Amell. Mae played the part of the DUFF, Bianca Piper. Robbie played the part of the neighbor (Wesley ‘Wes’ Rush) who helps Piper. The DUFF also featured Bella Thorne (Madison Morgan), Bianca A. Santos (Casey Cordero), Skyler Samuels (Jessica ‘Jess’ Harris), Romany Malco (Principal Buchanan), Nick Eversman (Toby Tucker), Chris Wylde (Mr. Filmore), Allison Janney (Dottie), Rebecca Weil (Caitlyn), Seth Meriwether (A.J.), Erick Chavarria (Senor Gomez), Brian Dewar McNamara (Matt), and Benjamin Davis (Jeffrey). The film was directed by Ari Sandel.
The DUFF is rated PG-13
The 101-minute movie is rated PG-13 for crude and sexual material throughout, some language and teen partying. There is some sexual references, but the film should be safe for most kids.
There are bonus features on both the Blu-ray and DVD
The two-disc Blu-ray Combo Pack includes the movie on Blu-ray, DVD and digital HD (Ultraviolet streaming). In addition, both the DVD and Blu-ray include the following special features:
- The DUFF Hits The Red Carpet (look behind the scenes at the premiere)
- Bringing the Book to Life (look at the making of the film)
- Teen Comedies and The DUFF
- I Am the DUFF
- The DUFF Files
- Extended Gag Reel
More info: The DUFF Blu-ray