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Movie Review: The Duff

posted Mar 6, 2015, 10:35 AM by Unknown user
Jessica Lawrence

Released Feb. 20, The Duff surpassed every expectation I had of it after seeing countless trailers and commercials.  Based on Kody

Keplinger’s novel,
The Duff follows the life of 17-year-old senior Bianca Piper as she tries to navigate her way through her senior year of high school amongst family drama, mean girls, typical boy problems and being dubbed as the Duff by fellow classmate Wesley Rush.

In complete honesty this movie was nothing like the critically acclaimed book, but that’s pretty much what I expected after reading the book and watching trailers.  Though the overall plotline was similar, there were characters that were either deleted from the novel or added to the movie, backgrounds on most characters were minimized, and certain scenes were so much different from the book that I was confused and surprised, in both good and bad ways.

Mallory vs Hamilton High.  Madison vs no Madison.  No friends-with-benefits vs friends-with-benefits.  Single Toby Tucker vs taken Toby Tucker.  Only child Jess vs Jess with an older brother.  There were so many differences in the movie that at certain times I wondered if the movie would have been better to include some of these missing elements.

Not to say that this was a bad movie.  It wasn’t; it was actually really good.  I laughed, I cried, I felt Bianca’s pain when she came to awful realizations about herself and others.  This movie brought to light the simple fact that it doesn’t matter what anyone thinks or says about you, all that matters is what you think of yourself.  Funny, sad, heartfelt, real, honest.  All these words perfectly describe what the movie
The Duff is all about.