Movie Review: The Duff

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The Duff is directed by Ari Sandel and is based on the novel by Kody Keplinger of the same title with the screenplay written by Josh A. Cagan. I reviewed it last week,(review can be found HERE). It stars Mae Whitman as Bianca and Robbie Amell as Wesley.

A high school senior instigates a social pecking order revolution after finding out that she has been labeled the DUFF – Designated Ugly Fat Friend – by her prettier, more popular counterparts. – IMDB

My opinion: This was funny, really funny. I really enjoyed it. I watched it when it was in the theaters and I just re-watched it again on DVD and it was still as funny as the first time. There are some differences from the book to the movie. One of which was the parents of Bianca, Bianca’s father is absent and she lives with her mother who is still a motivational speaker/self-help book author. Her friends are still pretty cool and she and Wesley live next door to each other, which is different.

Another difference is that they do not have sex all the time, as it is in the book. Another major difference is Bella Thorn’s character, Madison, she isn’t in the book, however, the role that she had was really nice and it added to the story a little more I feel like. It created an adversary like character to her protagonist.

There were so many funny moments. Mr. Arthur was hilarious, I loved him. I feel like he made the movie. I also really liked the shopping trip Bianca and Wes had. It started off Pretty Woman and then went from funny to funnier to hilarious.

The progression of the plot points was similar to that of the book and the movie was overall very good and funny.

4 out of 5

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