Title: The DUFF Director: Ari Sandel Year: 2015 Run time: 1hr 41m
“Bianca is a content high school senior whose world is shattered when she learns the student body refers to her as ‘The DUFF’ (Designated Ugly Fat Friend) to her prettier, more popular friends. With her universe turned upside down, she ignores words of wisdom from her favourite teacher and enlists Wesley, a slick but charming jock, to help set her apart from the pack and erase her label forever. In doing so, she hopes to land her crush Toby, and find the confidence to overthrow the school’s ruthless label maker Madison by reminding everyone that no matter what people look or act like, we are all someone’s DUFF… and that’s totally fine.”
0:57 - Early Breakfast Club reference. 4:56 - Weird that he’s a teacher now. 6:47 - “Everything and everyone can suck it.” That’s the spirit. 10:46 - Lawn mowing clothes is amazing!! 15:14 - This Wesley guy is like Tom Cruise regenerated or something! 16:35 - “You friended up.” 23:40 - Pity retweets. 23:52 - That’s every social media site going. That’ll date this film super fast! 28:55 - Wow, monster voice is something. 30:24 - “You need to start dressing more like you and less like Wreck It Ralph.” 47:10 - He’s right. I absolutely would not survive school in this day and age. 52:51 - “Just own it.” 1:01:33 - Sitting on a rock and thinking always sounds good but not in reality for me. 1:07:11 - Having a self-help mum must be exhausting. 1:11:47 - I hope he checked whether she liked sushi or not. 1:26:56 - I love her shhhing someone. 1:32:11 - “If you’re doing homework, I’m going to kill myself.” 1:36:11 - The credits have the actor Twitter names! Fantastic!
I was expecting this to be your run of the mill high school film - fun but nothing special - but it turned out to be a highlight of the year so far! Brilliant fun, witty dialogue, stereotypical but not boring characters, and a good story. It felt a lot like this generation’s Clueless - finding your feet in high school, and learning how to fit in or accept the fact that you’re never going to do so.
It was funny in all the right places, and felt fast-paced, slick and modern. There’s always the concern that it will only be a year or two before it’s out of date - there were an awful lot of social media companies mentioned, and I can’t see them all still being in business before this film manages to become a classic.
Very watchable though, and I would say rewatchable. Just right to brighten up a rainy day, or relive some teenage angst through the glossy Hollywood sheen.