Film review

Film Review | The DUFF

Title: The DUFF

Director: Ari Sandel

Starring: Maw Whitman & Robbie Amell

Synopsis 
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.

I finally decided to leave the house and venture into the cinemas to watch this highly anticipated movie with my friends.  I did a review of the book here so be sure to check that out!

I guess I’ll start with the praise so I don’t seem like a totally bitchy critique hah.

You may or may not be aware that the book is nothing like the movie. I mean this is what the directors did:

They took most characters from the book

They took the idea of The DUFF (designated ugly far friend)

They aimed it at a slightly younger audience than what the book is aimed at

And BOOM

You have the movie.

The movie did a good job of adapting the central idea of labels and getting the message across that at the end of the day labels really don’t matter they’re just that. Labels. So that’s a job well done.

The dialogues and the accompanying music is extremely funny albeit there are a few cringe moments mostly because of the main character Bianca’s awkwardness. I liked how the movie added an extra element of cyber bullying which wasn’t in the book and just having Tumblr or Snapchat mentioned in the movie made it that much more relateable .

And of course the actors were amazing…

If ye catch my drift…;)

Okay time to get into bitchy critique mode.

As mentioned before the intended audience of the movie is younger so it felt kind of superficial and stereotypical to me. I mean there’s the typical high school scenario with the jock and the unpopular girl. Also, everything just seemed to fall into place, there wasn’t any build up of tension which gave the impression that the plot wasn’t developing.

I also have a lot to say about how the directors decided to ignore the idea of escapism which seemed like such a huge part of the book but I’ll save that for another post.

Overall, The DUFF was a pleasant movie. If you’re looking for a laugh or some cheeky entertainment then head over!

Rating

3

 

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Book reviews

Book Review | The DUFF

Title: The DUFF (Designated Ugly Fat Friend)

Author: Kody Keplinger

Genre: YA-Contemporary

Page Count: 280

Synopsis 

Seventeen-year-old Bianca Piper is cynical and loyal, and she doesn’t think she’s the prettiest of her friends by a long shot. She’s also way too smart to fall for the charms of man-slut and slimy school hottie Wesley Rush. In fact, Bianca hates him. And when he nicknames her “the Duff,” she throws her Coke in his face.

But things aren’t so great at home right now, and Bianca is desperate for a distraction. She ends up kissing Wesley. Worse, she likes it. Eager for escape, Bianca throws herself into a closeted enemies-with-benefits relationship with him.

Until it all goes horribly awry. It turns out Wesley isn’t such a bad listener, and his life is pretty screwed up, too. Suddenly Bianca realizes with absolute horror that she’s falling for the guy she thought she hated more than anyone.

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The movie hits cinemas really soon so I decided ’bout time I add another book to movie adaptation onto my shelf. Honestly though, I’ve been eyeing this book since Year 8 so I’m glad I finally read it.

Plot

I feel like the story was set in such a short time frame that it almost gave me the idea that I flew by this book. It is quite a short book but a lot seems to happen. I like how there were these carefully placed events that contributed to character development or a new relationship.

Speaking of contribution. The Sex. There is a lot of sex in this book (okay not A LOT but quite a bit in comparison to other YA books)

In majority of YA that I’ve read so far the sex is just there like it doesn’t add anything to the story or the behavior or the relationships of the characters.  It’s just there for shits and gigs and me no likey. I like how sex in this book was a means of escapism for Bianca but it also ended up making her feel secure with Wesley. It was meaningful  to the plot.

Characters

Bianca was such a down-to-Earth bitch and I loved it! at times she reminded me of a particular friend of mine and she was just so real. I like how the story progressed and Bianca became more confident in herself and she managed to finally face reality. She didn’t let a label (DUFF) define her or make her insecure anymore.

Writing

Okay so initially i felt like the dialogue was really superficial. Try to understand my situation here, I’d just read The Handmaid’s Tale which was a dead serious book so transitioning from that into high school drama was quite a job.  Nonetheless, there were some bits that had me laughing out loud which is always a good sign. I just feel like there was lots of dialogue (almost too much) and not enough narration. This way you can’t really understand the character’s train of thought or their past etc.

Overall, The DUFF was quite an enjoyable read it just wasn’t amazing. It didn’t blow me away or anything but I liked the message that at the end of the day we’re all the same. We all go through shit and once in a while everyone feels like The DUFF

Rating

3

 

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