As the mom of an almost 15 year old, it’s important that I try to stay ‘connected’ and ‘with it’ to the goings-on and lingo that my daughter partakes in.
When the commercial for this movie (The DUFF) came on, it was met with squeals of delight and “Ohhh I have to go see that movie!”. Really? You do? I thought to myself that can’t even be a real thing. My ‘cool-with-it-hip-mom’ response being of course the following..
Me: “Yes! It looks so funny – let’s go! Of course you can invite some of your friends! But that isn’t a real thing is it? This ‘DUFF’ thing?”.
Daughter: (Eye roll) “Mom. Of COURSE it’s a real thing.”
Ugh. There it was. I was secretly NOT looking forward to the 1.5 hours of my life that I was not getting back.
Off we went on a Friday night to the theatre, popcorn and drinks in hand, my daughter ready to be entertained. Me? Not so much.
Here is my (shocking) verdict on this movie. Really cute. And funny. Dare I say – worth seeing.
The DUFF is based on the book by Kody Keplinger – and the movie mostly gets it right, thanks to the adorable Mae Whitman and great performance from Robbie Amell (however they are both too old to play teenagers).
A bit reminiscent of the epic ‘coming of age’ movies from the legendary John Hughes. I won’t bore you with a long synopsis of the movie, but the suggestion that any ‘makeover’ should leave someone feeling even more like herself in the world of high school movies, is revolutionary. The ‘labels’ and ‘self-esteem’ speeches are laid on a bit thick, but that is expected with the film’s intended demographic.
Combine that with a wide age-range of audience members in the theatre, all of whom were laughing throughout a good portion of the movie. That’s difficult to do. For any generation.
If you are expecting some literary masterpiece, don’t waste your time. But if you are looking for a typical, teen-angst-happy-ending movie with a good overall message that is quite well done AND makes you giggle? Then sit back and embrace your inner ‘DUFF’.