Smart and pretty Bianca Piper (Mae Whitman) is enjoying her senior year in high school with best friends Jess (Skyler Samuels) and Casey (Bianca A. Santos); that is until she realises she has been unknowingly dubbed The DUFF – Designated Ugly Fat Friend – of her group by the rest of the school.
Her former childhood friend and now-jock, Wes (Robbie Amell), breaks the news to her at a party, telling her that The DUFF doesn’t have to be ugly or fat – they’re just the least popular person in their social group, who is used by others to get close to their more popular friends.
Bianca is devastated, and soon decides to revamp her social status and shake off her DUFF label.
Ignoring advice from her favourite teacher (Ken Jeong), Wes and Bianca team up, with Bianca tutoring Wes in science, while he helps her. Bianca is determined to win her crush and overthrow the school’s resident mean girl, Madison (Bella Thorne) – will she come out on top or get something much better instead?
The DUFF is a story that speaks to anyone who ever felt they were sitting in the shadow of more popular friends. With humour, an inspiring heroine and an incredibly important message, this is definitely a must-see movie.
The DUFF’s stellar cast includes Mae Whitman (Arrested Development, Parenthood) as Bianca, Bella Thorne (Shake It Up, Stuck On You) as Madison and Allison Janney (Mom, 10 Things I Hate About You) as Mae’s eccentric mother, who together are guaranteed to give you a good laugh.
While the movie is based around something that’s considered to be a pretty offensive term, we think The DUFF has a really inspiring and grounded message to spread: no matter how people look or what they act like, we are all someone’s DUFF…and that’s totally fine.