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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:

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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, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$34,017,854, 10 May 2015
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Although they play classmates in the film, in real life, Mae Whitman is actually nine years older than her costar Bella Thorne. 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: Ok free lesson... the first one is always free. Ok so lean in, slowly, close your eyes and
[licks his face up to the forehead]
Wesley 'Wes' Rush: [wiping his head with his sleeve] Oh! No way!... You... are a phenomenal kisser!
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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 MacGyver (1985) See more »

Soundtracks

All Night
Performed by Icona Pop
Written by Brian Lee, Jonathan Sloan, Luke Steele, Aino Jawo, Caroline Hjelt, Elof Loelv, Nick Littlemore
Courtesy of Atlantic Recording Corp.
By arrangement with Warner Music Group Film & TV Licensing
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Bring back Freddie Prinze Jr - please!
13 March 2015 | by A_Different_DrummerSee all my reviews

This is not a movie.

This is a science experiment.

The object is to establish once and for all whether films like Heathers, Easy A, and Mean Girls (among others) were actually quality productions -- or whether there is just something so magically interesting about High School romcoms that ANYBODY with a camera and a script they recently crayoned on the back of a menu can make a successful film...?

Well, the results are in.

Turns out you actually need a good story, a good script, a good director and charismatic actors to pull off a decent film in this genre.

Which pretty much eliminates this entry from the competition as it seems to have none of the above.

(Although Whitman and Amell both show potential, and one suspects with better material they COULD shine)

I have reviewed a lot of films but I cannot easily recall one where every opportunity for entertainment was either sabotaged or missed completely.

The film actually panders to its audience, throwing around internet tradenames as if, by their sheer volume, they can elevate the viewing experience.

At the 30 minute mark, the audience is asked to believe that two teens engaged in picking outfits in local department store could possibly "miss" the fact that they are being video'd by a third teen half-hidden behind a rack of dresses....? In Film School they explain that these are the sorts of "subliminal" turnoffs which make the viewer uncomfortable on a subconscious level, even if the conscious mind misses it.

Have no fear -- in this film the script repeats the same trope at the 1:00 mark where the same third party secretly videos the same couple, only this time in the woods.

Watta script!

Does the term "creatively bankrupt" strike a chord?

The ending tries, and that is the most I can say about it.

If anything it tries too hard, and in other reviews I have talked about the filmic dangers of putting too much "message" in your movie.

However in the case of this film, by the time you get to the end -- assuming you can -- the film-makers have made so many other mistakes that "too much message" is the least of their worries.


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