|The Duff centres around the frumpy yet relatable female protagonist Bianca Piper and her quest to relieve herself of the title “Designated Ugly Fat Friend” a.k.a. DUFF. The role is played by Mae Whitman, and her knack for comedic sarcasm could rival those of Emma Stone.
Robbie Amell attended the pink carpet event and plays the male lead and high school heartthrob. It’s no shock the film put his six-pack abs to good use, incorporating chest flexing and shirtless locker room scenes, teen movie style.
The film also stars Bella Thorne and her fiery portrayal of the vicious high school mean girl, puts anything we’ve seen Regina George do to shame.
This film hits all the right notes when it comes to creating a classic teen movie: eye candy, sneaky sexual jokes and a cute, but predictable love story, it is everything but just another teen movie. Mae Whitman and Robbie Amell work as a comedic duo magnificently, and audiences can easily see it.
At a post-movie Q&A session, Amell’s mother said, “The chemistry between Robbie and Mae Whitman was just terrific,” and the audience cheered in agreement.
It was revealed at the Q&A session that about 80 per cent of the scenes in the movie were improvised and that several takes were of just Whitman and Amell trying to make each other laugh. This goes to show how strong an actor both Amell and Whiteman are.
Though the film did try very hard to make its audience laugh, it also delivered a strong and truthful message.
At the Q&A, Amell said being a DUFF has nothing to do with how you look. It’s about feeling inferior to someone else and that everyone can relate to that.
“If you’ve ever felt like a DUFF, I hope this movie shows you that you’re not alone.”
In the end of the movie, Bianca Piper realizes that being a DUFF helped her come to terms with who she really is, and harnessed that energy to regain confidence.
“You shouldn’t let anybody label you, you should just own it like Bianca does.”
The Duff hits theatres officially on February 20.