Such a frustrating disappointment
People are voting emotionally.
Pretty good movie overall. First half was nothing special but it got better as it went along.
It’s sentimental, ridiculously long and only occasionally funny
Very cliched , high school teen comedy which surprisingly entertained me . the story has a freshness , the leads have actual chemistry , kind-of new presentation keeps you smiling .
This adaptation of a Teen book is the classic ugly duckling turns swan story with really great laughs.Bianca learns she is the DUFF to her two gorgeous best friends. DUFF is Designated Ugly Fat Friend.What follows is Bianca learning who she really is, what friends mean, and with confidence you can handle any situation.The entire cast keeps the zingers flowing in every scene but the master may just be Ken Jeong. He is hilarious!
Well let me say I was googling teenage movies. Movie to try to get all the cool 80's movies I missed out cause I was born in late 70's which means the 82, 83, and honestly 84 year movies I missed out on. But this movie here was treasure for this generation who doesn't get to see great creative high school movies.In this movie there is a girl who has some pretty hot friends who are females. And her next door neighbor who also goes to school with her wants to talk to her friends. But he gets in conversation with her and then he tell her she is just the Designated Ugly Fat Friend which stands for DUFF as in the movie title. Never hear do of the word myself but it got me thinking. And it was creative or at the very least original cause nobody has ever said it in a film before. They kind of played off a few old teenage scripts,attractive surfer calvin kline looking guy is friends with a girl who isn't attractive by school standards (which they dressed the girl down on purpose, then changed her clothes later in the movie, she was good looking before the clothes change) along with a bunch of girls who look like super models who want their ex boyfriends back. Seen it a thousand times. But with comedy and introducing characters well. Some movies can pull it off. The key is comedy and creativity.The Duff starts out wonderful. It gives you characters, and explains them to you. Who they are, what their personality is like and lets you decide who do you like and who you don't like. And for the most part its not predictable (the point where it comes predictable is where they fail but that is more at the end).They went back a little with the plot for this. And adding new wording to it and also adding social media phrases. And didn't explain the social media. Brilliant move on their part. Technically everybody should know by now what twitter, facebook and instagram is. But they said a couple of more that I didn't know and I personally liked that. Good movies don't need to explain everything to the viewer. As long as they get what you are talking about they can use their imagination. Nobody explains what a boogie is in top gun. But you can image what it is the way they used it.Now for the bad things that happened in this movie which made me give it a 3 point deduction. I'm a huge fan of runaway bride but she didn't get her way either, she had to come back apologize, she came back to richard geres house. Not him going to her house and finally accepting her. So when I saw that the guy came running back to her and while just stood there I could have puked. I don't want realistic in my movies. I get it movies are fake but I seriously don't want to watch the plot that goes "women does what she wants, not accepted, they mistreat her, people then find out she is great and the guy wakes up and goes after her after finally realizing she is the one". We have enough of those movies. And right around when her mother makes her dress thats when the whole movie changes for the worse. The comedy in this movie is great as well. Lines after lines. The parts where she is in the store is something from her character I didn't expect. They threw in the teenage underage partying which I didn't take part in my teenage years but I always like to see it on the big screen. I personally will say this just a movie like a guilty pleasure. I'm an older guy and I wouldn't throw this on at a party or around a group of guys unless it was a group of guys and we all 25 years old along with some girls that age. This movie would be perfect for it. But if you are alone or with you girlfriend (and she better like high school comedy) this might work.
This is a bit of an "updated version" of Mean Girls-think that movie with social media. Mae Whitman's character learns from her neighbor and star football player that she is her friends' DUFF-designated ugly fat friend, a frequency among high school cliques. This does not go over with her, and she freaks out and tries to improve things a little bit while "changing friends." This movie does have a message-I won't ruin things by revealing it. Anyone who likes high school comedies will like this. The cast works well together, and you will like the school and teacher scenes. Overall a funny and enjoyable film.*** out of ****