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What’s funny about being the “designated ugly fat friend?” Well everything when you’re Mae Whitman, who stars as the titular Duff in the critically acclaimed teen comedy, which opened over the weekend.
The Duff tells the story of Bianca (Whitman), who receives a rude awakening when she learns of her stature among her more popular friends. Of course, she’s not satisfied with toeing the line and enlists resident hottie, Wesley (The Flash’s Robbie Amell), to help her defy the rules of her high school hierarchy.
Robbie Amell Says Everybody Has Felt Like a 'Duff'
Whitman and the rest of the cast, including Amell, Bella Thorne, and teen comedy alum Allison Janney, bring the laughs both on and off the big screen thanks to ETonline's exclusive blooper reel, which shows just how fun it was to be on set. (Not to mention how wonderful it must have been to stare Amell's pecs.)
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Directed by Ari Sandel
The Duff takes the geek-gets-a-makeover high school formula and tweaks it mostly muddled results. A few naturalistic romance scenes and the efforts of its very able leads, buoy this into watchable territory. However overall this is a film plagued by confusion and several nonsensical plot twists.
Bianca (Parenthood’s Mae Whitman) lacks style and popularity, but living in the orbit of her two popular best friends, fashionista Jess (Skyler Samuels) and athlete Casey (Bianca Santos), she barely notices. The film opens with a Breakfast-Club-esque voiceover from Bianca about how high school used to be broken down into the jock, the nerd, the criminal, the princess, and the basket case, but now that it’s the 21st century, geeks rule the world, jocks play video games, and most of the old social stratifications no longer exist. »
- Claire Hellar
CBS Films released their new comedy flick, "The Duff," into theaters this weekend. I just checked it out, and thought it was very entertaining, delivering a good mixture of laughs, drama , and romance. It stars: Allison Janney, Romany Malco, Mae Whitman, Ken Jeong, Bianca Santos, Robbie Amell, Bella Thorne, Skyler Samuels and Nick Eversman. The movie revolved around character, Bianca (Mae Whitman), who is a content high school senior until her childhood, next door neighbor friend, Wesley (Robbie Amell), informs her that she is a Duff (Designated Ugly Fat Friend) to her prettier, more popular friends, Jess and Casey. This newfound information gets to Bianca so much that it causes her to end her friendship with Jess and Casey, and seek out Wesley's help to unDUFF her in exchange for helping him pass his science class, which he is heavily failing. Unfortunately, the school's hot mean chick/Wesley's ex, Madison, »
- Andre Braddox
CBS Films released their new comedy film, "The Duff," into theaters this weekend, and the top,major movie critics have turned in their reviews for it. It turns out that they were pretty mixed across the board, giving it a 55 score out of a possible 100 across 26 reviews at the Metacritic.com site. The film stars: Allison Janney, Romany Malco, Mae Whitman, Ken Jeong, Bianca Santos, Robbie Amell, Bella Thorne, Skyler Samuels and Nick Eversman. We've supplied blurbs from a few of the critics, below. Inkoo Kang from TheWrap, gave it a great 90 score, stating: "There’s no doubt that The Duff is clever, funny and quotable enough to become this decade’s “Mean Girls.” Watch your back, Regina George — there’s a new queen bee in town." Christy Lemire over at RogerEbert.com, gave it a 75 score, saying: "Quickly and convincingly, it becomes its own funny and fast-paced phenomenon with its own modern-day charm. »
- Andre Braddox
“Fifty Shades of Grey” is still on top of the U.S. box office, despite competition from a trio of new releases and a sharp 72% drop in ticket sales.
Universal’s romance drama tied up $8 million on Friday on its way to earn $24 million-plus in its second weekend — raising its 10-day cume to $131 million.
The fall comes as no surprise considering how high the film climbed last weekend. “Fifty Shades” broke several records in its debut (including the biggest February opening of all time) over Valentine’s Day and Presidents Day weekend, taking in a whopping $85 million at the domestic box office.
The film, based on E.L. James’ bestselling erotic trilogy, carries a fairly modest $40 million production budget. It had already crossed $300 million worldwide by Wednesday.
James is currently in discussions with Universal about writing the script for the movie’s sequel herself.
This weekend’s new entries, “The Duff, »
- Maane Khatchatourian
A smart, snappy “Pygmalion” for the millennial age, “The Duff” gives a modernized makeover to a classical scenario involving an outcast who tries to fit in with the help of a good-looking, popular mentor. The ugly duckling in this case is Bianca (“Arrested Development’s” Mae Whitman), a high-school senior who’s initially defined by her denim overalls, penchant for burping, and extremely attractive and sought-after BFFs, Jess (Skyler Samuels) and Casey (Bianca Santos). Oblivious to the fact that she’s the most ignored member of her friendship threesome, Bianca finds her world upended when her lifelong neighbor, quarterback Wes (Robbie Amell), bluntly informs her that she’s a “Duff” – the Designated Ugly Fat Friend who functions as the gatekeeper for those interested in finding out about, or getting closer to, her more desirable comrades. Thus an identity crisis is born, one that director Ari Sandel and writer Josh A. Cagan »
- Nick Schager
Earlier today, CBS Films dropped this new featurette/movie clip (below) for their new, "The Duff" comedy flick. The clip is titled, "I Am The Duff," and it delivers a ton of new scenes from the movie, along with brand new interview clips from some of the cast and crew as they explain what exactly a Duff is, and more. It looks pretty funny. Check it out,below. The movie stars: Allison Janney, Romany Malco, Mae Whitman, Ken Jeong, Bianca Santos, Robbie Amell, Bella Thorne, Skyler Samuels and Nick Eversman. The official description for the movie, reads like this: "Bianca is a content high school senior whose world is shattered when she learns the student body knows her as ‘The Duff’ (Designated Ugly Fat Friend) to her prettier, more popular friends. Now, despite the words of caution from her favorite teacher, she puts aside the potential distraction of her crush, »
The Duff dutifully hits almost every entry in the lexicon of modern high-school comedies: Here’s the scene where our narrator playfully lays out the social structure of her school; here’s the boy our heroine likes, who eventually turns out to be Mr. Wrong; here’s the trying-on-different-clothes montage; here’s the neglectful parent, and the clueless principal, and the goofy teacher; here’s the homecoming dance, where previously ironclad social roles get upended. So why is it so wonderful? Because wit and charm matter, and The Duff has a good deal of both. The cast will be stars, the gags will be immortal, and you’ll still be watching this movie years from now.That said, the premise of the story itself is a nasty bit of business. Our heroine, Bianca (Mae Whitman), part of a trio of longtime best friends, discovers one day that she might be »
- Bilge Ebiri
“The Duff” is more than just one of the year’s most anticipated teen comedies. As Robbie Amell told TheWrap during the latest installment of “Drinking with the Stars,” it also tells a very human and relatable story. “It’s about finding who you are in high school and gaining the confidence to be the best version of yourself,” Amell told TheWrap at Riviera 31 in L.A.’s Sofitel Hotel. “Somebody is always smarter than you, faster than you, better looking than you … even Tom Brady is a Duff.” See Photos: ‘The Duff’s’ Mae Whitman, Robbie Amell Pick Which »
- Travis Reilly and Greg Gilman
There's Frozen on ice, Frozen on Broadway, Frozen with cats, Frozen the sequel and now Frozen the live-action movie adaption. Bella Thorne and Mae Whitman, stars of The Duff, helped Funny or Die put together a spoof of the unstoppable animated movie. This time Frozen is transformed into a live-action movie dedicated to strict (and subzero) authenticity. To transport viewers to the magical world of Arendelle, the filming takes place in the ice-cold Arctic Circle - bad news for Whitman's ice queen Elsa, who is left to conquer the snow with only her dress and braids to protect her. Turns »
- Kelli Bender, @kbendernyc
There's Frozen on ice, Frozen on Broadway, Frozen with cats, Frozen the sequel and now Frozen the live-action movie adaption. Bella Thorne and Mae Whitman, stars of The Duff, helped Funny or Die put together a spoof of the unstoppable animated movie. This time Frozen is transforming into a live-action movie dedicated to strict (and subzero) authenticity. To transport viewers to the magical world of Arendelle, the filming takes place in the ice-cold Arctic Circle - bad news for Whitman's ice queen Elsa, who is left to conquer the snow with only her dress and braids to protect her. Turns »
- Kelli Bender, @kbendernyc
Mae Whitman and Bella Thorne have a new high-school comedy coming out next week, The Duff, so the two teamed up for a Funny or Die spoof of Frozen. The two ladies show what it would be like if the Disney hit were a live-action film, which is, essentially: very cold. Watch as Whitman struggles through playing a frozen Elsa while Thorne is the self-absorbed but hilarious Anna. »
Being the Duff (Designated Ugly Fat Friend) just got a little easier. “The Duff,” a new high school comedy that opens this weekend, has received mostly positive reviews from critics with a few detractors. Also Read: ‘The Duff’ Review: Sweet, Hysterical Teen Comedy is This Decade’s ‘Mean Girls’ The story centers around Bianca (Mae Whitman), a high school student who is shocked to learn she is considered the Duff of her friend group. She sets out to change this perception before the end of her high school career. Inkoo Kang of TheWrap gave the film a glowing review, calling the film “a generous, »
- Joe Otterson
If you love “Frozen” or love making fun of it, Bella Thorne and Mae Whitman are bringing the laughs with Funny or Die’s video about filming the live-action adaptation of the popular Disney film. In the video, embedded below, Thorne and Whitman are giving a behind-the-scenes look at filming, but as you’ll see, Thorne is having a much warmer time of it than poor Whitman, who is portraying ice queen Elsa. The two are in the video to promote their film, “The Duff,” in which Whitman plays a high school girl who realizes that she fills a certain unwanted role in her group of friends. Thorne plays the school’s meanest [ Read More ]
Here are the films opening theatrically in the U.S. the week of Friday, February 20th. (Synopses provided by distributor unless listed otherwise.) Wide The Duff Director: Ari Sandel Cast: Mae Whitman, Robbie Amell, Bella Thorne, Skyler Samuels, Ken Jeong, Bianca A. Santos, Nick Eversman, Allison Janney Synopsis: "Bianca (Mae Whitman) is a content high school senior whose world is shattered when she learns the student body knows her as ‘The Duff’ (Designated Ugly Fat Friend) to her prettier, more popular friends (Skyler Samuels & Bianca Santos). Now, despite the words of caution from her favorite teacher (Ken Jeong), she puts aside the potential distraction of her crush, Toby (Nick Eversman), and enlists Wesley (Robbie Amell), a slick but charming jock, to help reinvent herself. To save her senior year from turning into a total disaster, Bianca must find the confidence to overthrow the school’s ruthless label maker Madison (Bella Thorne »
- Steve Greene
Will The Duff be another teen classic that is as fondly remembered 30 years from now as The Breakfast Club is today? While it's garnering great reviews, it's difficult to see that far into the future. One thing is for certain, though. Stars Bella Thorne and Mae Whitman loved working together so much, and proved to have such great chemistry, that they have teamed up for a live-action adaptation of Disney's hit animated musical Frozen.
"Let It Go" as Bella Thorne and Mae Whitman struggle through production in a new behind-the-scenes look at this insane rendition of Frozen, courtesy of Funny Or Die. And then don't miss the pair starring alongside Robbie Amell, Bianca A. Santos, Skyler Samuels, Nick Eversman, Allison Janney, Romany Malco & Ken Jeong as their new comedy opens today!
High school and hot tubs are the theme of the theatres with this week’s new movie releases!
Two tales set within the walls of high schools are hitting theatres this week and it’s up to you whether you want to laugh along with Mae Whitman or have your heart warmed over by Kevin Costner. The Duff, a comedy about social circles and social media starring Canada’s own Robbie Amell explores what friendship means and the consequences of an online world. In Disney’s live-action McFarland, Costner plays real-life coach Jim White who proved that champions can come from anywhere.
Get the scoop on this week’s releases: »
- Rachel West
I’m at a demographic disadvantage regarding The Duff, being neither an adolescent girl nor someone who enjoys comedies that aren’t funny. Based on the ads, you might expect this new teen clique comedy to have some bite – a Mean Girls for a new generation. Duff is an acronym for ‘Designated Ugly Fat Friend’, someone that more attractive girls let hang around with them for contrast – a “gatekeeper to better-looking friends” – which gives it about the most mean-spirited movie title of late. The title role is played by Mae Whitman, who is short, has distracting eyebrows, and is too old for the role, but she’s neither fat nor ugly, not anymore so than Audrey Hepburn was street trash because her face was dirty in My Fair Lady or Rachel Leigh Cook couldn’t get noticed because she wore glasses in She’S All That. Just once I’d »
- Tom Stockman
If you're like us and value your sleep, you probably nodded off into your Ambien dreamland before the party started on post-prime time TV. Don't worry; we've got you covered. Here's the best of what happened last night on late night.
Time for another addition of Plizzanet Earth with Snoop Dogg, who stopped by "Jimmy Kimmel Live" to muse on -- what else? An enormous cold-blood seal humping an innocent penguin. It goes without saying that his profound thoughts are not to be missed. Also, why hasn't Animal Planet picked up this show yet?
Kelly Ripa also stopped by "Kimmel," and Jimmy shared a super old-school clip of her chatting about how men and women should alternate paying for dinner. Sigh, a progressive feminist even when rocking an 80s perm and a turtleneck, guys. Also, please prepare yourself for the best dance moves you've ever seen.
Time for a game »
- Mehera Bonner
It behooves me to say, before we begin, that I am nowhere near the target audience for The Duff. There is very little to make one feel old like watching high school students’ lives in upheaval when forced to give up their smartphones, when cell phones without all the bells and whistles were the big thing when I was at that age. And yet, despite this glimpse into the grim passage of time and culture, I guess there is irony in that almost everything in The Duff is familiar. Between dorky kids making good and the villainess whose job it is to make sure everyone stays in their place or the Mom who tries too hard to be hip and with it, crass humor, and a bevy of teenage misunderstandings, almost every teen cliché gets wrapped up in a neat little package. And yet, despite its familiarity, The Duff coasts by on a genuine charm, »
- Seth Paul
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