The Duff (2015)

PG-13   |    |  Comedy, Romance


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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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13 March 2015 | A_Different_Drummer
5
| Bring back Freddie Prinze Jr - please!
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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Trivia

Broke records on the ticket purchasing site "Fandango".


Quotes

Wesley 'Wes' Rush: Where are your girls at?
Bianca Piper: It's actually not my job to give you pervey intel on my best friends but good luck anyway.
Wesley 'Wes' Rush: Well it kind of is though, you know as their duff.
Wesley 'Wes' Rush, Bianca Piper: Sorry, as their what?
Wesley 'Wes' Rush: Duff, D-U-F-F: Designated Ugly Fat Friend.
Bianca Piper: What did you just...


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.


Crazy Credits

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


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."


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Performed by The Big Dee
Written by
Ali Dee (as Ali Theodore), Susan Paroff, Sarai Howard, Julian Harris (as Julian Frederick Harris), Richard Fiocca (as Richard Peter Fiocca)
Courtesy of DeeTown Entertainment

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Comedy | Romance

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