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Bianca's universe turns upside down when she learns that her high school refers to her as a ‘DUFF' (Designated Ugly Fat Friend). Hoping to erase that label, she enlists the help of a charming jock and her favorite teacher. Together they'll face the school's mean girl and remind everyone that we are all someone's DUFF… and that's totally fine.

Actors: Mae Whitman , Robbie Amell , Bella Thorne , Bianca A. Santos , Skyler Samuels , Romany Malco , Nick Eversman , Chris Wylde , Ken Jeong , Allison Janney
Directors: Ari Sandel
Country: USA
Release: 2015-02-20
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  • Bilge Ebiri

    Wit and charm matter, and The DUFF has a good deal of both. The cast will be stars, the gags will be immortal, and you’ll still be watching this movie years from now.

    New York Magazine (Vulture) Full Review
  • Inkoo Kang

    There’s no doubt that The DUFF is clever, funny and quotable enough to become this decade’s “Mean Girls.” Watch your back, Regina George — there’s a new queen bee in town.

    TheWrap Full Review
  • Maggie Wrobel

    The film belongs to Whitman, who, fresh off a five-year stint on the now-defunct TV series "Parenthood," infuses her first big-screen leading role with a unique charm. If Whitman looks familiar, but you can’t quite place her, that’s about right.

    The Globe and Mail (Toronto) Full Review
  • Nick Schager

    Canny and funny in equal measure, it’s a film that embraces technology — just like it does its protagonist — on its own perfectly imperfect terms.

    Variety Full Review
  • Jordan Hoffman

    What’s terrific about The Duff is that Casey and Jessica may not have intentionally befriended the less attractive Bianca as a way to make themselves look better, but they don’t exactly deny that she serves that purpose.

    The Guardian Full Review
  • Christy Lemire

    Quickly and convincingly, it becomes its own funny and fast-paced phenomenon with its own modern-day charm. Full Review
  • James Berardinelli

    The DUFF would make John Hughes smile. With its mixture of wit, teen friendly situations, and heart, The DUFF feels like something that might have come out of Hughes' '80s playbook.

    ReelViews Full Review
  • David Lewis

    Overall, though, Sandel’s film has heart, some good laughs, and a decent message. In this age of cyberbullying, that’s nothing to scoff at.

    San Francisco Chronicle Full Review
  • Jeff Baker

    It's a comedy with an easy message, and it's sort of sweet. Not too raunchy, not too challenging. A good date movie for sophomores.

    Portland Oregonian Full Review
  • Katie Rife

    A better question to ask about this movie, however, is “What is up with the writers of teen movies and their obsession with name-checking apps, an approach that all but guarantees that the film will be dated by the time it hits Netflix?”

    The A.V. Club Full Review
  • Kevin P. Sullivan

    As misspent of an opportunity as The DUFF may be, it’s hard to completely dismiss a film that gives someone as talented as Whitman her long-overdue spotlight.

    Entertainment Weekly Full Review
  • Richard Roeper

    This is a well-intentioned and sometimes quite sharp high school movie that falls just short of the mark due to a few way-off-the-mark scenes and too much heavy-handed preaching.

    Chicago Sun-Times Full Review
  • Kyle Smith

    Slightly radical in portraying high schoolers as human beings of normal niceness and intelligence. That means this winsome comedy is a little low in the stakes department, not to mention predictable, but it gets an “A” for charm.

    New York Post Full Review
  • Roger Moore

    A snappy, sweet-spirited teen comedy about a smart girl who tries to fight high school labeling with wit and words. And the occasional punch.

    Tribune News Service Full Review
  • James Luxford

    This is a heartfelt and charismatic teen movie that gives a platform to a promising young talent.

    CineVue Full Review
  • Genevieve Koski

    For all its potential pitfalls, The DUFF manages to keep its head above water, thanks to Whitman, Amell, and a willingness to engage with teen-movie clichés in a relatively thoughtful way.

    The Dissolve Full Review
  • Elizabeth Weitzman

    Fortunately, the cast — featuring Allison Janney as Bianca’s scattered mom and Ken Jeong as her sympathetic mentor — is savvy and silly. Really, though, most of the credit goes to Whitman, who stands in, and stands up, for the DUFF in all of us.

    New York Daily News Full Review
  • Sheri Linden

    More a middle-of-the-road rom-com than a teen-spirit sendup, the pic weaves its lighthearted mix of silly and serious with increasingly heavy-handed spiels on self-esteem.

    The Hollywood Reporter Full Review
  • Tirdad Derakhshani

    It falls short of the mark, even as it hits every one of the genre's conventions.

    Philadelphia Inquirer Full Review
  • Betsy Sharkey

    Romance, or the desire to find someone special, isn't a bad thing — if it's not the only thing. But as it stands in DUFF, the denouement at prom has cliché written all over it.

    Los Angeles Times Full Review
  • Claudia Puig

    If you've seen "Mean Girls" or "Easy A," you've seen a far better version of The DUFF.

    USA Today Full Review
  • Michael Phillips

    Whitman's a wily cross between Janeane Garofalo and Ellen Page and in her scenes with her motivational-speaker single mother (Allison Janney), you sense a better movie lurking in the shadows.

    Chicago Tribune Full Review
  • Amy Nicholson

    There's freedom in facing the truth. There would be even more freedom in a heroine finishing the film in her favorite ugly overalls, but we haven't gotten there yet.

    Village Voice Full Review
  • Ben Kenigsberg

    Even in this would-be subversive comedy. Success means getting the guy. Getting good grades (as Bianca does) is not enough, nor is writing the front-page article in the school paper.

    The New York Times Full Review
  • Eric Henderson

    The film deposits its heroine and everyone in the audience looking toward her for image-maintaining guidance back at square one.

    Slant Magazine Full Review
  • Kevin Jagernauth

    Director Ari Sandel, working with a script by Josh A. Cagan, doesn't have the deftness to really convey how Bianca's personality turns conventional wisdom into her own unique, attractive qualities.

    The Playlist Full Review
  • Kimberley Jones

    An adaptation of Kody Keplinger’s YA novel, The DUFF is exponentially dumb.

    Austin Chronicle Full Review
  • Ann Hornaday

    Between its grating heroine, strident speechifying, derivative plot and draggy tone and tempo, it’s like the redheaded stepchild of “Mean Girls” and “Freaky Friday.”

    Washington Post Full Review
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