Film review

Film Review | The DUFF

Title: The DUFF

Director: Ari Sandel

Starring: Maw Whitman & Robbie Amell

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


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!