Date watched: Monday 6th February 2017
Year released: 2015
First time watching?: No
From IMDb: “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.”
There is nothing wrong with a harmless rom-com. It does make it better though when the dialogue is witty and the storyline is entertaining, albeit predictable.
I haven’t had the pleasure of reading the book this movie is loosely based upon yet; it is sat on my kindle awaiting judgement. I do know the screenwriters apparently made quite a few liberal changes in the transition though.
All of these kind of movies are pretty much the same: predictable and the guy pretty much always gets the girl at the end, but it’s nice to watch a rom-com that’s well written and you can tell the cast are having a little bit of fun with it. While there are certainly better movies similar to “The DUFF” out there, there are many many worse ones.
A lovely little modern touch this movie does have which adds a little bit of uniqueness is the way the credits begin rolling at the end. As the cast and crew names start flashing up on screen, they are accompanied by their Twitter handles (if they have them). In this day and age it’s nice to see something like this done as it shows that the filmmakers know how reliant and fickle our world is these days. It’s just a good up to date touch to add to a premise that’s done time and time again.
I do like this movie. I’ve seen it a few times and it’s just a harmless piece of fun to while away ninety minutes. It may be a typical high school rom-com but that doesn’t make it any less entertaining for the short while you watch it.
My rating: 6.5/10