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Starring: Mae Whitman
Rating: 4.5 Birds
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.
I'm always game for a Young Adult book to movie adaptation and The DUFF has a little bit of everything. A combination of Mean Girls and She's All That, The DUFF will make you laugh, cringe and cheer for the underdog all while learning – we're all the underdog now an again.
Mae Whitman delivers in a big way, showing there's nothing she can't do. I mean, the woman is the voice of Disney's Tinkerbell for crying out loud…yea – bet you didn't know that. She feels like the next Ellen Page to me – who I also love!
Basically, after watching this – I felt a little like this:
A few of my other favorite things other than Mae…well Ken Jeong for one. He brings his special brand of hilarity to THE DUFF, but no worries – he won't be popping out of any trunks butt naked. Sorry?
Bella Thorne plays the same old role of beautiful, bitchy teen and you have to wonder if she's going to be type cast like this forever. As someone who had to watch every episode of Shake It Up, twice with my kids – it's easy to see she's capable of being more than dumb and pretty.
With it's great cast, swoon-worthy leading male and 100% honesty on life, t's really easy to see that THE DUFF is going to be one of the contemporary classics that linger on in infamy. The kind of movie we will watch again and again regardless of how old we get.