The Duff review: Seen-before story of teenage adore that’s still fun and charming

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By Gayatri Gauri

Labels stick. Labels suck. Labels crush. Jock, Geek, Rocker, Mean Girl. These are all passé. Here’s another: Designated Ugly, Fat Friend (DUFF). This, of course, is bestowed with standard teenage infrequent cruelty in a American high school. So, let’s play along with a mothers and grandmothers of teen clichés in The Duff, formed on a novel by Kody Keplinger. It’s a seen-before-tale of teenage adore — warts, pimples and all — though it turns out to be utterly a fun sport.

Hot chicks in high propagandize are possibly over-sweet (read: dumb) or shameless leggy, blonde bitches. The nauseous and fat ones are intelligent and funny, though invisible. They were given respectful terms like plain Janes in pre amicable networking era. Now, they are called nauseous and fat outright, and are a boundary of YouTube video pranks.

The same relates to a boys. The reticent studs with 6 packs destroy their Chemistry papers, though are good during flirting in a labs. The cute, curly haired charmers play a guitar stone stars who mangle hearts with a crack of a guitar string.


A still from a film The Duff. Image from Facebook.

A angel godmother can't assistance if we occur to be a best looking girls’ best crony in this revengeful universe of cyber bullies. You simply acquire a tag ‘DUFF”- a designated nauseous fat friend.

So, whose means will we champion? These are a teams:
The Duff: Bianca (Mae Whitman).
Her Hot Best Friends: Jess (Skyler Samuels) and Casey (Bianca Santos).
The Blonde Bitch: Madison (Bella Thorne).
The Dumb Stud: Wesley (Robbie Amell).
The Cute Rock Star: Toby Tucker (Nick Eversman).

The final name is utterly aptly suggestive of another teenage flick, John Tucker Must Die. Our DUFF, Bianca, is a fear film geek and has a large vanquish on Tucker. She treats her next-door timber and Tom Cruise lookalike neighbour, Wesley, with a disregard of a lab tyro towards a cockroach. He points out (in a many accessible demeanour possible) that she is no reduction than invisible to those leching during her best friends, Jess and Casey. Bianca reacts by soon “unfriending” a dual on Facebook and each other amicable networking site: a ultimate insult in today’s world. The dual pretties sojourn kind and forgiving. No play there.

Then Bianca strikes a understanding with Wesley. He can learn her a thing or dual about selling for a right pushup bra while she can share her Chemistry notes. The thought is to get her to accumulate bravery to proceed a lovable guitarist, Tucker.

Meanwhile, a blonde bitch, Madison, has set her prolonged lashed eyes on Wesley. His alliance to Bianca sets her plotting and shaping and creates her a black magician of cyber bullydom. The dispute theatre is set.

It’s a classical good crony and meant man triangle. You get a drill. Yet, The Duff attracts and disarms we with quick, poignant lines and darling performances from one and all. A integrate of accessible teachers (Korean and Black, for a farrago campaign) and a singular mom (Allison Janney) on a dating stalk supplement a lurch of contemporary humour.

You wish that a characters of Madison, Jess and Casey were fleshed out some-more than their card looks. Their insecurities underneath their skin-deep beauty and a complications that follow in friendships had a makings of a good subplot left undefined. A deeper scrutiny of cyber bullying competence have lent some genuine definition to stream high propagandize scenarios.

Whitman sparkles and shines with her comic delivery. Her intercourse with a unequivocally likeable Amell is adequate to lighten a predicted script. The energetic students win The Duff an A, notwithstanding the idle and easy treatment. So what if there is no one unequivocally fat or nauseous here and we only have one some-more label?