I completely believe in slowly getting to know a person before you let them go to bed with you. Though the feature will be at a disadvantage against the name power of the weekend’s other wide releases, its central pair of unlikely allies will engage young audiences’ sympathy. This book was hard to put down. Amell finds unexpected nuance in his character. They’re smartly played by Mae Whitman and Robbie Amell, whose warmth and comic chops keep the movie buoyant. I'm a 19-year-old college student and young adult author. [Bianca informs Wesley that they will no longer be having sex. The DUFF: Designated Ugly Fat Friend by Kody Keplinger -> Starting November 7th, 2019, The DUFF: Designated Ugly Fat Friend by Kody Keplinger - Restarting June 12th 2018, Escape the Present with These 24 Historical Romances. They strike a deal: She’ll help him pass chemistry and save his threatened athletic scholarship, and he’ll teach her how to attract the guitar-strumming artiste she pines for (Nick Eversman, who appeared briefly as Mick Jagger in Get on Up). SMH. Recommended to Stacia (the 2010 club) by: Not what I was expecting at all - and not really in a good way. The trailer sucks!! Bianca was "the other woman" and she didn't even notice. Why? Every plot twist in this teen makeover movie is predictable, but there are nice performances and funny moments. You know the saying: There's no time like the present...unless you're looking for a distraction from the current moment. I understand that movies aren't always exactly like the book, but changing the plot line has gone too far. What are your thoughts so far on the trailer? As you sit at the bar nursing your Cherry Coke a good-looking guy comes and sits next to you. Read more ‘Parenthood’ Series Finale Postmortem: Jason Katims Talks Bringing the Family Drama Full Circle. It’s weird how things can change over the years (or sometimes very suddenly). He and his behind-the-camera collaborators give the production a generic sheen. Ya. © 2020 The Hollywood Reporter I can't believe how different this story was to the movie!!! Toward that end, she embarks on a makeover program with none other than Wes as her adviser. Nenia ✨️ Socially Awkward Trash Panda ✨️ Campbell. I write books for teenagers and strive to be honest and true-to-life. Alright ladies, I've got a question: say you're at a scummy dance club that your friends all but forced you to go to. A smart high-schooler gets a rude awakening to the intricacies of the pecking order in a comedy starring Mae Whitman. There are a few heavy storylines happening here but in teenage life, they are very common. I loved both but I think I like the book better. In fact, you're pretty miserable and can't wait to go home. In a way that defies credulity but would make Oprah proud, Wes insists that Bianca be fitted for a better bra. The Duff review – standard-issue high-school fun. It puts a strain on life at the Piper household. Mae Whitman plays Bianca, a smart student who has some super-nice friends, and who is perfectly happy until someone explains to her that she is a “duff” – a designated ugly fat friend. I understand that may be hard info to share, but she really did almost let it completely destroy her friendship while at the same time sleeping with a hot guy she doesn't want to tell them about either - and then blames it on him. The DUFF book. I am so glad that this book is now a movie - it was a cute, fun, sexy read (edgy - so it's for older teens) and I loved it. Composer: Dominic Lewis But she didn't know it was a secret because he really had a serious, long-term girlfriend. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. Recommended to Shelby *trains flying monkeys* by: Bianca is out with her two best friends when Wesley Rush comes up to her and lets her know her standing. Their relationship was a total secret. More a middle-of-the-road rom-com than a teen-spirit sendup, the pic weaves its lighthearted mix of silly and serious with increasingly heavy-handed spiels on self-esteem. he said, glancing down at the scattered papers as he grabbed them. You're not having a good time. I completely believe in moving slow towards having sex. End-credit outtakes hint at the higher level of unhinged the latter two might have contributed. There's the movie releasing next year. [since the other guy nobly gives her up while admitting that he still has feelings for his ex-girlfriend — what a cop-out! As the DUFF in many a friend circles in high school I found this book refreshing. Last modified on Mon 3 Dec 2018 15.36 GMT. NEW FAVOURITE I LOVED THIS SO, SO, SO MUCH! She’s none of the above, her sartorial choices tending toward old T-shirts and pajama bottoms. Costume designer: Eric Daman The Duff review: not quite up to Mean Girls’ standards The ‘designated ugly fat friend’ just looks two per cent less like Keira Knightley than the rest of the cast . Production companies: CBS Films, Wonderland Sound and Vision, Vast Entertainment The Duff - Bianca is a content high school senior whose world is shattered when she learns the student body knows her as 'The DUFF' (Designated Ugly Fat Friend) to her prettier, more popular friends. Allison Janney is effortlessly complicated as Bianca’s concerned yet distracted single mom, a self-help maven spouting mnemonic-device pep talks. Bianca’s mom is a motivational speaker and she spends little time at home. Now, despite the words of caution from her favorite teacher, she puts aside the potential distraction of her crush, Toby, and enlists Wesley, a slick but charming jock, to help reinvent herself. We’d love your help. And when he nicknames her "the Duff," she throws her Coke in his face. Read 12,192 reviews from the world's largest community for readers. So too when it introduces such tough topics as cyberbullying. Sitemap | Suddenly Bianca realizes with absolute horror that she’s falling for the guy she thought she hated more than anyone. completely avoiding your friends because you are afraid they will find out your dad is drinking again. My first book, THE DUFF, debuted on September 7, 2010. Working from the young-adult novel by Kody Keplinger (herself a teen when she wrote it), screenwriter Josh A. Cagen finds a middle ground between YA sermonizing and mild cheekiness, and director Ari Sandel inflects his narrative feature debut with the requisite speed-of-the-Internet social media component, energetic but hardly anarchic. Privacy | The movie’s richest and most surprising twist is that the All-American jock turns out to be simpatico, and not the usual egotistical dunderhead. Almost every twist is predictable, but it’s fun, with a nice supporting turn from Allison Janney as Bianca’s divorced mother. Bianca badly needs advice on how to reverse-duff – to become genuinely attractive. The Duff makes timely points about self-love, body image, and modern relationships but falls short of becoming a teen drama classic.. For years, Bianca Piper (Mae Whitman) has successfully navigated the soul-crushing hallways of high school. And where did Bella thorne come from, she seems to have a huge part in the movie, but in the book, her character has a small role. Also, did I mention he was 18 and she was 14? About Our Ads At the beginning of the relationship, take things slow and never let someone pressure you into doing something sexually you are not comfortable with. I decided to read it because of the movie trailer,BUT its NOTHING like the trailer. by Welcome back. A person would be willing to forgive a lot of things — loopholes in the plot, slow-moving story, clichéd endings — if they fell in love with the hero/heroine. At school, the journalism teacher (Ken Jeong) is gently kooky, and the out-of-touch principal (Romany Malco, underused) sports an American flag lapel pin and lays down martial law on connected devices. It turns out Wesley isn't such a bad listener, and his life is pretty screwed up, too. Ari Sandel’s The Duff is a standard-issue high-school film, but it has some funny material. ", “No matter where you go or what you do to distract yourself, reality catches up with you eventually.”, Romantic Times Reviewers' Choice Award (RT Award) Nominee for Best Young Adult Novel (2010). Executive producers: Lane Shefter Bishop, Steven Bello, Ted Gidlow Especially for a virgin in high school. Sheri Linden Unfortunately, this did not happen to me with The DUFF. I loved the general idea of this book. This book. [Bianca's dad calls her a whore over and over and strikes her in the face, [hit you for the first time ever and call you a whore repeatedly. I think one of the worst things that could ever happen to a book is an unsympathetic protagonist. All rights reserved. Because Vicki, a girl at school, had a pregnancy scare. This is horrible. Would Wesley and Bianca Last as a Couple? © 2020 Guardian News & Media Limited or its affiliated companies. Look around your own circle: if you can’t spot the duff, well … guess what? My gosh. She's also way too smart to fall for the charms of man-slut and slimy school hottie Wesley Rush. I loved the general idea of this book. This line "Wesley Rush doesn't chase girls, but I'm chasing you" totally made my heart explode. Director: Ari Sandel Casting: Angela Demo, Barbara J. McCarthy. Editor: Wendy Greene Bricmont The revelation puts Bianca in a tailspin. Given that they’ve known each other all their lives and can trade insults with the ease of siblings, it’s not as crazy a choice as it first seems. I loved how it touched on the fact that all teenage girls are so self conscious and never see their true potential. Tackling social hierarchy, low self- esteem, loyalty and friendship, The DUFF looks into these issues in a more mature, yet still funny way. “Spanish, huh?" Another soul-mate book. Although her friends are encouraging and sincere, and nothing like the school’s reigning über-meanie, Madison (Bella Thorne, putting a sharp edge on an archetype), Bianca distances herself from them, determined to step out of their reflected light and shine on her own (Lesson No. Yeah. 1). All rights reserved. The movie is gonna be a typical teen film, with blocked kissing scenes, and an over exaggeration of high school issues. Thu 2 Apr 2015 21.59 BST I mean, it's hard to explain...just read the book.
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