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by Janet Kai (subscribe)
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Published July 6th 2015
The phrase ugly duckling has now been replaced by the DUFF
What's a DUFF you ask? Good question!

DUFF = Designated Ugly Fat Friend

A social stereotype that supposedly acts as a buffer between the attractive people and their possible suitors. The approachable less attractive friend that suitors can talk to first so they have an "in" with their more attractive yet intimidating friends. Harsh, and unfair, especially when the main character (aka The DUFF) Bianca played by Mae Whitman is neither fat, nor ugly but dressed down in overalls and flannel, she looks a tad frumpier than her two hot friends.

Upon realising her label in high school society, Bianca attempts to reinvent herself to win over her crush with the help of the jock-next-door who agrees to help Bianca find her way to beat the DUFF rap in exchange for extra tutoring to pass science. Ah the age old story of "ugly", smart girl tutoring the "dumb" yet hot jock who ultimately see the beauty within and well.. I'm sure you know the predictable ending.

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Official Movie Poster sourced from website

Based on the 2010 novel by Kody Keplinger, The Duff is a thoroughly entertaining teen comedy about the evils of labels and social-media bullying and the healing power of self-love. The movie has similar likeness to Easy A with a strong cast with undeniable on-screen chemistry and quirky laugh out loud moments.

Whitman has great comic timing, a genuine warmth about her, and the ability to deliver dramatically when the going gets a little tougher. Her chemistry with co-star Robbie Amell - playing the jock-next-door who agrees to help Bianca find her own way to shake that DUFF label - is very effective and endearing for a film of this type and produces some really memorable and re-watchable moments in the film that had me laughing out loud throughout the movie.
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