Allison Moellinger ’18
This past weekend on February 20th the movie Duff was released into theatres. It is a comedy movie rated pg.13. Duff is about frumpy high-school senior Bianca who is told one day that she is secretly known as the DUFF(designated ugly fat friend) to her prettier and more popular friends. In a desperate state to de-duff herself she asks Wesley, her neighbor and very attractive jock, to help her. To prevent her senior year from turning into a complete disaster Bianca must accept herself, take on a judgmental student, and completely change her high-school’s social order.
The main character Bianca is played by Mae Whitman. Mae is 26 years old and began her career with a voice over for a Tyson chicken commercial. She is now an actress and voice artist who is known for her roles in the TV series “Arrested Development”, the TV series “Parenthood”, and “Scott Pilgrim vs. the World”. Wesley, Biancas neighbor is played by Robbie Amell. Robbie is 26 years old and started acting when he was six years old. He is a Canadian actor and is known for his roles in “The Tomorrow People”, “Firestone on The Flash”, and “Scooby-Doo”. Madison, Bianca’s judgemental schoolmate, is played by Bella Thorne. Bella is 17 years old. She is a singer, actress, model, and dancer and is known for her roles in the TV series “My Own Worst Enemy” and the TV series “Shake it Up”.
Every girl in history at one point or another has probably felt like the DUFF, that one girl in the group who feels she doesn’t compare to the rest. Many of us have grown up feeling insecure about ourselves. Yes, our friends have shared their insecurities but somehow we always felt ours were worse. For years I have been criticizing myself by comparing myself to all my friends, when in reality we all have flaws and characteristics that make us who we are. Seeing Bianca put herself down when there was obviously so much she had to offer made me realize that’s what we all do. We all prevent ourselves from accomplishing amazing things by thinking we aren’t good enough, but this movie showed me we all really are.
It is a great movie with an inspiring story to share with all of us self-conscience and insecure girls. It was great to see the film-makers focus on the “not so pretty” girl for once. Also its a great comedy filled with multiple funny jokes and phrases. I recommend that everyone goes and sees this movie and know, “Every duff has their day.”