The Duff ~Movie Review
Breaking down barriers and erasing labels, the smart, honest, hilarious comedy The DUFF arrives on Digital HD on May 26th and will follow on Blu-ray™ Combo Pack (plus DVD and Digital HD), DVD (plus Digital) and On Demand on June 9th from Lionsgate Home Entertainment and CBS Films.
Based on the best-selling book by Kody Keplinger, The DUFF reveals that while social media can amplify even the little things, high school social hierarchy hasn’t changed since the John Hughes era.Directed by Academy Award® winner Ari Sandel (Best Live Action Short Film, West Bank Story, 2006), The DUFF features some of today’s hottest stars, including Mae Whitman (The Perks of Being a Wallflower), Robbie Amell (TV’s “The Flash”), Bella Thorne (Blended), Bianca Santos (Ouija), Skyler Samuels (upcoming TV’s “Scream Queens”) Romany Malco (Showtime’s “Weeds”), Nick Eversman (Wild) along with Ken Jeong (TV’s “Community”) and Allison Janney (TV’s “Mom”).
Bianca’s (Whitman) universe turns upside down when she learns that her high school refers to her as a “DUFF” (Designated Ugly Fat Friend). Hoping to erase that label, she enlists the help of a charming jock (Amell) and her favorite teacher (Jeong). Together they’ll face the school’s mean girl (Thorne) and remind everyone that we are all someone’s DUFF…and that’s totally fine.
Special features on the home entertainment release of The DUFF include three featurettes looking at the making of the film, a look behind the scenes at the premiere, character profiles and a gag reel. The DUFF will be available on Blu-ray and DVD for the suggested retail price of $39.99 and $29.95, respectively.
DIGITAL HD/BLU-RAY/DVD SPECIAL FEATURES*
“The DUFF Hits The Red Carpet” featurette
“Bringing the Book to Life” featurette
“Teen Comedies and The DUFF” featurette
“I Am the DUFF” featurette
The DUFF Files
Extended Gag Reel
Year of Production: 2015
Title Copyright: The Duff © 2015 Granville Pictures Inc. All Rights Reserved. Artwork & Supplementary Materials © 2015 CBS Films Inc. All Rights Reserved. ™ & ® CBS Films, CBS and Eye design and all related logos are marks of CBS Broadcasting Inc.
Rating: PG-13 for Crude and Sexual Material Throughout, Some Language and Teen Partying
Type: Theatrical Release
Closed Captioning: English SDH
Subtitles: English and Spanish
Feature Run Time: 101 minutes
Blu-ray Format: 1080P High Definition 16x9 Widescreen (2.35:1)
DVD Format: 16x9 Widescreen (2.35:1)
Blu-ray Audio: 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio
DVD Audio: 5.1 Dolby Digital
My thoughts: A guilty pleasure of mine is a film about high school. I always love a good story about how mean people can be to each other because it reminds me exactly of the superficial drama that I went through in my high school days, except I was the skinny nerd. I love Ken Jeong! He is absolutely hilarious, and all of the other characters were great, too. My teenage daughters enjoyed "The Duff" too, but I could tell they were a bit uncomfortable about the dirty scenes.
All in all, I think The Duff is a nice 'chick flick' and I enjoyed it!
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Disclaimer: I received a copy of this film to review and to keep. All opinions are my own.