The DUFF (12A)

Bianca (Mae Whitman) is a high school nerd whose rather beige bubble is popped when she learns that she’s a DUFF aka Designated Ugly Fat Friend.

Seriously She’s All That came out 16 years ago, I thought we had moved past this tripe. Obviously not.

But before I start my tirade let’s get down to business.

When her super-hot and completely vacuous 30 year old looking neighbour and fellow classmate Wesley (Robbie Amell) informs Bianca that everyone secretly knows her as the DUFF to her prettier and more popular pals she goes into denial. Could she really be the gate keeper to her hot friends’ pants?

I mean seriously why didn’t the besties tell her? To quote Cher Horowitz “Ugh, as if!”

Desperate to reinvent herself, Bianca ditches her friends and enlists the aid of empty-headed jock Wesley. He promises to transform the dweeb and make her crush notice her.

Bianca feels terrible for burning bridges when her best friends block her on social media. Cue one of the movie’s many irritating and overused social media references.

I’ve been had people unfriend and block me before and it’s childish. But do I give a shit? Hell no, get over yourself. This kind of drivel doesn’t belong is what is described as a comedy. When did comedies stop being funny?

Wesley ‘trains’ Bianca on how to talk to guys and change everything about herself so that she no longer has a personality. Those pesky quirks and faults that made her unique are carefully polished out.

In order to stop her final year at high school from becoming a complete disaster, Bianca must find the confidence to change her personality, clothes, outlook and behaviour. All whilst fighting with Wesley’s super bitchy on-again, off-again girlfriend Madison (Bella Thorne) and revolutionizing the school’s social order.

Generic pretty man Robbie Amell is rather tiresome, but what he lacks in charisma Mae Whitman more than makes up for. She’s in your face, self-deprecating and ready to drop some truth bombs on you. Their pairing doesn’t really work, it’s just irritating.

I know what you’re thinking, was it all worth it for the inevitable trying on clothes montage? No. It’s not even funny, it’s just bad.

The moral of the story is be yourself, and if that doesn’t work out then change everything about yourself until you do.

I’m going to have to agree to disagree. Be yourself, you’re as amazing as this movie is terrible.

By Ruth Walker

★☆☆☆☆

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