Hey Lovelies,

Any time I hear the words ‘Teen Comedy’ I do worry because the genre has become very repetitious and I find it hard to watch the same thing again. However I can confirm that ‘The Duff’ is about to be the teen film of 2015, because it is fresh, funny and original! 

The film follows Mae Whitman’s character, Bianca, as she learns about her new status in school through her childhood friend Wesley. Named the DUFF, AKA the Designated Ugly Fat Friend, Bianca decides to overcome the status and be her own person, along with the help of Wesley, by changing her looks and attitude to win over the boy she likes. However with a Queen B getting in her way and things not as they seem, the film presents a lot of new themes and most of them come from the cast. 

Whitman has definitely cemented herself as a strong up and coming comedy actress and I can see her joining the likes of Emma Stone with her incredible acting talents. She is a likable figure who will hook you in and make you want to watch on. She is a fresh face in the teen film world and her reactions to certain elements in the film are ones that I could myself saying or doing. And this actually ran for most of the film, as I am pretty sure that 90% of the audience were probably comparing themselves to her for a lot of it, as she had this way of making you feel like you were watching yourself at school. 

As for the male figure, Robbie Amell gives a great performance in this film. I have seen him in previous teen films before, but this one definitely made him stand out and presented him in a much more favourable light. He was a lovable character who everyone will route for in the end and fits the role in such a way that as the leading male figure in this teen comedy, he will make you laugh and swoon at the same time. 

However I do have to say that there were a few moments in which the film lost its strength, as it couldn’t shake off the cheesy ending. While films such as ‘Mean Girls’ and ‘Easy A’ knew how to shake off their cheesy endings, this film still made the prom scene awkward and the kiss at the end could have been played off a lot better. 

As well the Queen B in this film was just not as strong as other films and didn’t have the comedic elements that she should have. You expect to laugh at least once from something she does or says but you don’t and it just doesn’t work out as well as the makers would like it to. From a viewer’s perspective you are routing too much for the two leading characters to like this figure and therefore she isn’t a character who causes much of a reaction. 

Overall the film is a funny new teen film that has original elements to it, that are refreshing to watch and I can see it doing well this year when it reaches cinemas, as fans will be looking to watch this. While the film has a few moments that are not that strong, this film is definitely a must watch. And I can safely say I am a DUFF and I don’t care aha! In fact I am proud to be one! 

Therefore I am giving this film…

4 Stars

Blog Soon, 
Joey X

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