Wednesday, June 10, 2015

The DUFF Movie Review


The DUFF (2015) Poster

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.

Movie links: IMDB 
Book Links: Goodreads / Amazon









Review:

Let me start out by saying I have indeed read the book, it wasn't my favorite just because it's a bit of a "mature" YA book with lots of mature content which is fine just not my cup of tea. So first and foremost this movie is nothing like the book. Same character names, same premise, vastly different plot. About the only thing that is the same in the book and movie is Bianca's character, in the movie she is 100% the same snarky moody badass girl she is in the book. That's in a big part due to Mae Whitman, I don't think anyone in the world could've played a better Bianca than her. Also, the premise and message is the same, the plot may differ vastly but in the end the message about being a DUFF and all the best stuff from Kody Keplinger's book is still there.

Basically, if you haven't read the book or seen the movie, this movie is Mean Girls meets some random Disney Channel movie, that's the best way I can describe it. The book and movie are really two separate stories, honestly, they don't have a ton in common but instead of angering me like that usually would I just loved both. In hindsight, I like the book more than I originally said, but I really loved the movie too. It's just so funny!

The only thing you really have to know about this movie is that it's hilarious. A little strange, but awesome. Also, Bianca is a badass. When Wesley Rush tells her she's the DUFF (designated ugly fat friend) of her group she retaliates by throwing a drink in his face, but as much as she wants to act like it didn't phase her, Bianca does let this get to her. Enlisting Wesley's help to stop being the DUFF. Things proceed from there, with lots of girl drama that's nontheless hilarious.

The banter between Wesley and Bianca was just as good in the movie as it was in the book. But, I wish the end had been dragged out a little, I know it's a movie but still, I wanted to see more of Bianca's transformation, her coming to understand just what a DUFF is. Also, I absolutely hated that a lot of her humor went away in the second half and I don't understand why! To show she was falling for Wesley? I don't know, but it was lame.

Warning: This movie has a lot of curse words(it's hilarious but still, some people don't like that) and mature content hint it's PG13 rating.

On a scale of 1 to 5, how truthful did this movie stick to its book? 3! Sure, some of the characters changed a tad, and the plot, but it's premise and message was still there and Bianca was as awesome as always.

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