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The Duff (2015)

PG-13 | | Comedy, Romance | 20 February 2015 (USA)
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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.

Director:

Ari Sandel

Writers:

Josh A. Cagan (screenplay), Kody Keplinger (novel)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Mae Whitman ... Bianca Piper
Robbie Amell ... Wesley Rush
Bella Thorne ... Madison Morgan
Bianca A. Santos ... Casey (as Bianca Santos)
Skyler Samuels ... Jess
Romany Malco ... Principal Buchanan
Nick Eversman ... Toby
Chris Wylde ... Mr. Filmore
Ken Jeong ... Mr. Arthur
Allison Janney ... Dottie
Rebecca Weil ... Caitlyn
Seth Meriwether ... A.J.
Erick Chavarria ... Señor Gomez
Brian Dewar McNamara ... Matt
Benjamin Taylor Davis ... Jeffrey (as Benjamin Davis)
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Storyline

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, Toby, and enlists Wesley, 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 and remind everyone that no matter what people look or act like, we are all someone's DUFF. Written by CBS Films

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

Every duff has their day See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for crude and sexual material throughout, some language and teen partying | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Official Sites:

Official site

Country:

USA

Language:

English | Spanish

Release Date:

20 February 2015 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Duff See more »

Filming Locations:

Atlanta, Georgia, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$8,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$10,809,149, 22 February 2015

Gross USA:

$34,030,343

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$43,528,634
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

All of the school administrators are named after US presidents (Mr. Arthur, Principal Buchanan, Coach Grant, etc.), and Principal Buchanan has a photograph of President James Buchanan behind his desk, and Mr. Arthur has one of Chester A. Arthur behind his. See more »

Goofs

When Madison is giving out her party invitations, Caitlyn is supposedly recording the interaction for Madison's YouTube channel, however for the majority of the scene she is holding her phone incorrectly and her hand is covering the camera. See more »

Quotes

Bianca Piper: Oh, uh, I... I have a date.
Wesley 'Wes' Rush: Hmm?
[flexes pecks]
Bianca Piper: Don't do that?
Wesley 'Wes' Rush: You do? You don't?
[flexes pecks twice]
Bianca Piper: Stop! Uh...
Wesley 'Wes' Rush: Question?
[rolls pecks]
Bianca Piper: It's important!
[...]
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Crazy Credits

At the start of the closing credits there is a gag reel in between introducing each actor/actress. See more »

Alternate Versions

The UK theatrical version cuts a "strong sexual reference" to achieve a lower age rating. BBFC says: "During post-production, the distributor sought and was given advice by the BBFC on how to secure the desired classification in the UK. It was likely to receive a 15 classification but their preferred 12A could be achieved by removing a scene involving strong sex references. When the film was submitted for formal classification, this sequence had been removed and the film was classified 12A." See more »

Connections

References Shrek (2001) See more »

Soundtracks

Kill The Band
Performed by Junkie XL
Written by Junkie XL (as Tom Holkenberg), Fredrik Saroea, Joost van Bellen (as Joost Van Bellen)
Courtesy of Nettwerk Productions, Ltd.
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Every Group of Friends Has a DUFF
14 April 2015 | by troyputlandSee all my reviews

For those who have been waiting for a new Clueless or Mean Girls, look no further than The DUFF, the Designated, Ugly, Fat Friend. Every group has one, at least according to Wesley (Amell) and the high school he attends, but this isn't about him, it's about his childhood friend Bianca (Whitman), who he accuses of being a DUFF to her two best friends. Times have changed since the discouragement of Mean Girls. A contemporary take on teenage life at school shows exactly this, and that there are different problems that American youngsters have to deal with. Bullying still exists, except now it is exploited by technology, just as Bianca comes to realise. The DUFF is funny in places, aided by Whitman's black sheep. Apart from its fetching phrase, this teen drama has little originality. The stereotypes are still there, as are the creepy teachers and boring headmaster. Ken Jeong flourishes as one of Biancas's teachers but improv actor Romany Malco is majorly underused. Moving these big names aside and you'll find Whitman a lovable rogue and Amell more than just a jockey.


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