"Too Crude and Clichéd"
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THE DUFF comes across as the typical teenage fare that Hollywood has produced for the last two or three decades. It does contain some funny moments, but much of the humor is crass and tasteless. Though THE DUFF is rated PG-13, the amount of language alone should require an R rating. In addition, there is a significant amount of crude lewd references. THE DUFF’s content is unacceptable for children, teenagers and media-wise viewers.
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HE DUFF is a comedy about a high school senior sets out to change her image and the social pecking order when she is labeled as the ugly fat girl among her group of friends. Based on a book of the same name, THE DUFF has some funny moments, but is the typical clichéd high school film with an unacceptable amount of language and inappropriate content.
The story follows Bianca, the tomboyish, nonconformist best friend of two popular girls, Casey and Jess. When homecoming king and football jock Wesley informs her that she’s the DUFF (Designated Ugly Fat Friend), who hangs around prettier girls to make them look good, Bianca balks at the label but then realizes Wesley might be right.
Casey and Jess are stunned when Bianca breaks off their friendship, accusing them of using her to make themselves look better. Meanwhile, socialite Madison has plans to get back together with ex-boyfriend Wesley. Deciding to change her image, Bianca asks Wesley for his help. After all, they are childhood friends and live next door to each other.
Wesley takes up Bianca’s challenge in return for her tutoring him in chemistry, which he was on the verge of failing. With her reputation and his college scholarship on the line, they set a plan in motion. However, their plan is derailed when Madison begins a campaign of cyber bullying against Bianca. Hard lessons must be learned and prejudices overcome if Bianca is ever to accept herself for who she really is.
THE DUFF comes across as the typical teenage fare that Hollywood has produced for the last two or three decades. There is nothing new other than the use of social media as part of the story. It does contain some funny moments, but much of the humor is crass and tasteless.
Though THE DUFF is rated PG-13, the amount of language alone should require an R rating. In addition, there’s a significant amount of sexual references, which are often crude. Even the protagonists adopt behavior toward one another that serves to tear each other down, though this is dismissed as acceptable in the modern age of friendship. The movie’s content is unacceptable for children and teenagers, though it’s marketed toward a teenage audience. THE DUFF is unacceptable.