Designated. Ugly. Fat. Friend. Yeah, that's right. I called you a DUFF, you can thank me later! The DUFF starring Mae Whitman, Robbie Amell, Bella Thorne, and Nick Eversman reinvents the teen rom-com, and if you don't see it, YOU CAN'T SIT WITH US!
Parenthood's Mae Whitman arrives on the big screen as Bianca, the new generation's Laney Boggs, except way more sassy and into Star Wars. Bianca gives little care to what most think of her in high school, until her childhood neighbor-hottie-highschool-jock-friend, Wesley (Amell), points out to her that despite her lack of caring, next to her two leggy BFF's, she is the DUFF (Designated Ugly Fat Friend). Basically, she finds that she is the buffer between her friends and the boys lusting after them. Next to her, their hotness is, like, quadrupled. Unwilling to accept this label, she abandons her friends and enlists nieghbor--hottie-highschool-jock Wesley to un-DUFF her in exchange for tutoring. He accepts, but to the dismay of his on-again/off-again high school princess of an ex-girlfriend, Madison (Bella Thorne). Uh-oh. Add in some all too familiar cyber bullying, teen angst, and some bad-ass witty comments from Whitman, and you have the teenage masterpiece you never knew you needed. The DUFF is in the league of She's All That, Clueless, and Easy A, defining a generation and their every "can't even" moment.
This weekend go out and defy labels, embrace your inner DUFF, accept the reality, and own it, and here are five reasons why - sincerely, somebody's DUFF.
Let's start with the obvious. The movie is chocked full of up and coming hotties that are NOT hard to look at. From the talented Robbie Amell, who is the cousin of Arrow's Stephen Amell (seriously, WTF, can a family like them even be real?!) to the sweet faced guitar playing Nick Eversman (Bianca's dreamboat crush, Toby) to Mae Whitman herself....literally even in overalls and plaid, she's da bomb!
Let's get serial for a second...cyber-bullying blows, and it's all too common. The DUFF sends a big fat (yet tasteful) middle finger to bullying and teenage insecurities without getting too heavy for a young adult audience that could really use a pep talk. You will walk out of the theater wanting a literal "I'm a DUFF" tattoo on your forehead, and I would totally get one with you!
Ladies, ya'll know we are our own worst enemy. Lezbe honest, no one treats each other worse than a pack of insecure chicks, what'd ya' say we kick that ish to the curb? CHILL YA'LL! While The DUFF is equally fitting for both girl and guy audiences, I have a feeling taking your fave ladies to the movie this weekend may be just what you girls need to make the warm fuzzies for the friends you love most resurface. No doubt you'll find some inside jokes to keep just between you and your best DUFFs.
Your New Best Friend
It's hard for me to put into words the relationship I developed with Mae Whitman and her character Bianca while watching The DUFF. From her (Bianca's) impromptu "fashion show" in the mall, to sitting with her on her thinking rock (Okay, I didn't really, but I felt like I was there!), she is the girl you want to be your BFF for life. She makes it clear she is a force to be reckoned with in Hollywood with her relaxed nature and clever comebacks. I'm pretty sure she's never acting, she's just being herself. How refreshing. She somehow manages to create one moment after another of "OMG THAT'S SO ME," and "OMG, I FRIGGIN' LOVE HER." You feel for her, relate to her, you are her. An you too have a not-so secret affections for Robbie Amell. Move aside JLaw, Mae is here to relieve you of your coolest girl in town duties (your still queen though)!
Lastly, Ken Jeong
Because Ken Jeong. Obvi.
The DUFF is sure to be a classic. We are about to see a generation of DUFF's arise with new slang words and inside jokes, ones that won't accept being put in a box. I literally can't even, so just take my word for it and head to your local cinema ready for a party.
IT'S A TEENAGE REVOLUTION!
The DUFF hits Theaters Friday, February 20th, 2015.