In case you were unaware, I LOVED the book, The DUFF. The movie, was admittedly different but still fun. And only a little bit of a let down.
Based on: The DUFF by Kody Keplinger
Released in theaters: February 20, 2015
Released on DVD: May 26th 2015
Directed by: Ari Sandel
Screenplay by: Josh A. Cagan
Starring: Mae Witman, Robbie Amell, Bella Thorne, Bianca A. Santos, Skyler Samuels
My book review
- How Come You Don’t Want Me – Tegan and Sara
- All Night- Icona Pop
- Nothing Left to Lose – Kari Kimmel
Honorable Mention: Favorite Record – Fall Out Boy
- Bianca and Wes are suddenly neighbors. The tension in Bianca’s family life isn’t even mentioned.
- Speaking of family life, her mom is around quite often instead of the dad. It was weird.
- I HATED that Queen Bitch takes videos of Bianca and makes them go viral. I get it, it’s keeping up with the ages but at the same time, it’s so cruel.
- It kinda turned into another Pretty Woman scenario, which was alright since I loved the scenes of Bianca & Wes hanging out at the mall.
- There’s no secret relationship between Bianca & Wes in the movie. And there’s no sex. None. At. All.
- Bianca’s “big date” moment was just ridiculous and a let down.
- I always squirm when the video goes viral but that’s just me.
What I loved
- Mae Witman.
- Mae Witman. (Fun fact: Kody Keplinger wanted her as Bianca when she dream casted the film)
- Mae Witman. And okay, the entire cast is brilliant.
- They kept to the message of the story; everyone feels like a DUFF sometimes and it’s okay.
- It’s hilarious.
“You’re only as awesome as you think you are.”
Would I recommend this movie?
Yes, and no. (But mostly yes) If you absolutely loved the book like I did, then you might be a little put off because it’s very different. Bianca loses a lot of her great (sexual) relationship with Wes. I think that takes something away from her character but it doesn’t make me dislike the film. One of the great things I loved about Bianca from the book was that she was a fierce DUFF and that comes across in the film, too. I just can’t help it. The movie ends and I have a huge smile on my face. The spirit of the movie is the same as the book despite the differences. I’ll still like the book more but I can’t help it, I’m going to watch this movie again and again. It’s a great addition to the teen movie genre, and I feel like it will hold it’s place there well against all the classics.