Surprisingly, "The Duff" is an extremely entertaining film to watch and had us laughing from start to finish. While it doesn't really break any molds in the teen genre, the charming connection between the leads and the undeniable and eye-catching performance of Mae Whitman as the duff propels this film in almost, if not, the same light as "Mean Girls" or the more recent "Easy A".

Bianca (Mae Whitman) is a content high school senior whose world is shattered when she learns the student body refers to her as ‘The DUFF’ (Designated Ugly Fat Friend) to her prettier, more popular best friends. With her universe turned upside down, she ignores words of wisdom from her favorite teacher (Ken Jeong) and enlists her childhood friend and neighbor Wesley (Robbie Amell), a slick but charming jock, to help set her apart from the pack and erase her label forever. In doing so, she hopes to land her crush Toby (Nick Eversman) and find the confidence to overthrow the school’s ruthless label maker Madison (Bella Thorne).

Yes, the plot of "The Duff" sounds all too familiar. Its topic has been rehashed a few times and the whole story turns out pretty much how everyone expects it to be. Its plot is its weakest point but minus the disappointing narrative, everything turns out all great. The biggest factor of "The Duff" is its lead Mae Whitman. She fits the role perfectly as her straightforward humor and awkward charm made her character pop. It's also ironic to say but she was extremely cool and confident even with a rather demeaning role. Robbie Amell also held his own - punching his comedic lines with flawless timing and accuracy. Additionally, both lead actors were perfect for each other - bringing in their own charm into the plate. While "The Duff" turns out to be predictable, it holds its own with great acting, lines and chemistry. Just consider it as a much needed update to classic teen flicks from the past.

Rating: 4 reels

Why you should watch it:
- great chemistry from its leads
- Mae Whitman was simply perfect as the Duff

Why you shouldn't watch it:
- it's all too familiar story was a letdown

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