Five Reasons You’ll Love It - August 13, 2015

The DUFF - Five Reasons You'll Love It
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The DUFF - Five Reasons You'll Love It

Brilliant teen movies don’t come along all that often, which is why the classics like The Breakfast Club, 10 Things I Hate About You and Mean Girls always seem to be permanently talked about. But, in the shape of The DUFF, we got another one this year.

DUFF, in case you were wondering, stands for Designated Ugly Fat Friend and it stars Mae Whitman, Robbie Amell, Bella Thorne and Alison Janney. It tells the story of Bianca, a stable high school senior who discovers, to her horror, that she is the DUFF to her two other friends. To reinvent herself and win the boy of her dreams, she enlists Wesley, her next door neighbour and one of the school’s certified jokes. Naturally, things don’t exactly go to plan.

The film is a touching and wickedly funny teen comedy, it’s out now on DVD and Blu-Ray (you can buy it here) and here are five reasons why we think you’ll love it…


It’s ever so funny…

Josh A. Cagan adapts Kody Keplinger’s tender novel supremely, the script is lively, meaning every minute of the movie’s 101 minute running time is packed with clever one liners and wonderful set pieces.


But it’s also tender and very touching at times…

This isn’t a gross out comedy or a movie that delights in troubles of high school, it’s as much a tender drama as it is a comedy. There’s real thought and poise on show here.


Mae Whitman is brilliant…

You’ve seen her be brilliant in supporting roles in Scott Pilgrim Vs The World, The Perks Of Being A Wallflower and Arrested Development, but here Whitman is centre stage and she’s superb. Equally funny and affecting she’ll be a household name sooner rather than later…


This isn’t your typical teen movie…

In the ordinary run of things, Whitman’s Bianca, once she discovers she may in fact be the DUFF, would fall out with her friends and tumble to the bottom of the social food chain, with lots of scenes of her alone in the canteen and one epic fallout. But, for reasons we won’t give away, that doesn’t happen, and the reasons why are one of the film’s crowning glories.


The soundtrack is top class…

Featuring great tracks from the likes of Fall Out Boy, Tegan And Sara, Icona Pop and Tilly And The Wall, the soundtrack underpins the movie superbly, like a great high-school mix tape.


The DUFF is released on DVD and Blu-Ray on Monday (August 17th). Click here to own it now.

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