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The Duff (2015)

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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.

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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
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 Brian Dewar McNamara ... Matt
Benjamin Taylor Davis 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

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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, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$34,017,854, 10 May 2015
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Duff means 'Designated Ugly Fat Friend'. 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

Madison Morgan: Girls, party at my place. I'm sure you've heard of it... Caitlyn, can you make sure you get an Instagram shot of them opening it?
Caitlyn: Yep, on it.
Madison Morgan: Oh yeah, I'm doing a video about the party for my YouTube channel.
Bianca Piper: Whoa, wait, you're having a party on a Wednesday? On a school night?
Madison Morgan: Yeah, I can do that.
Bianca Piper: Damn, dude, all right. Well, yeah, we're in.
Madison Morgan: Oooh, um, Bianca, you have to have an actual invite to get in and I only have a certain amount but, um, if anything changes, I'll let you know.
Casey Cordero: Problem ...
[...]
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Crazy Credits

Closing credits are shown as computer dialog screens, login screens, and check boxes. 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 »

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Features House of Usher (1960) See more »

Soundtracks

I Own It
Performed by Nacey featuring Angel Haze
Written by Angel Haze, Andrew Wallace, Autumn Rowe
Courtesy of Republic Records / Universal-Island Records Ltd.
under license from Universal Music Enterprises
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Sits right on the edge of being awesome
13 March 2015 | by paul_3-960-896774See all my reviews

The DUFF is quite entertaining and has a really nice poignant message. The film captures life, I mean the characters, and I'm mostly referring to Wesley (Robbie Amell) and Bianca (Mae Whitman), are realistic, humanized. I got a weird sense that I was watching people I knew and not a stereotypical film version of them. The movie has that documentary feel to it and it's due to how the leads portrayed their characters and how easy it is to relate to them.

The only real disappointment I have with the movie is that I thought it would be funnier. It's still a comedy but it's a little more serious than I expected. Watching the trailer I thought that I would laugh a hell of a lot more, specially when you look at the established comedic cast in it. Whitman and Amell do have good comedic timing and The DUFF is fairly funny but the quality of the jokes are not as high as I hopped they would be.

The story is intelligent, insightful, and kind of funny but it's still very predictable. The DUFF is on the edge of being great but it's not.

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