Monday, March 9, 2015

The DUFF makes you glad you're not a teen anymore

Movie:  The DUFF

PG-13, 1 hour 41 minutes

Grade: B

In a Nutshell:  Teenagers have always lived in the world of bullying and underdog struggles for greatness, but this movie takes a modern tech, funny look at YOLO cyber terrorists.  Based on the book by Kody Keplinger, it gives hope for teens currently in high school, struggling to survive it.  If you’ve already graduated, it makes you feel grateful you don’t have to do it again.

By the way, DUFF stands for "Designated Ugly Fat Friend."

Uplifting Theme:
·         “Believe. Retrieve. Achieve. Just don’t conceive.”  - Dottie
·         “When you become proactive, your problems become subtractive.” – Dottie
·         “When I went to school in the 90’s, we didn’t have emoticons.  We had actual facial expressions.” – teacher
·         Self-acceptance
-   "Only you can define yourself." - Bianca
-   "Honey, you're weird.  So?  Own it!  Be the best weirdo you can be." - Dottie

Things I liked:
·         I love Allison Janney in anything.  
·         Mae Whitman does a good job as a snarky underdog with teenage angst.
-    Clever rolling credits at the end.

Things I didn’t like:
·         I’m a big The Walking Dead: Season 1 fan, but how can Bianca possibly get a good night’s rest with those gross zombie posters on her bedroom wall?
·         The movie is a bit shallow and predictable, like some of the teens in it.
-     It's pretty sad how teenagers can be so cruel to each other.  

Funny lines:
·         “Irregardless.”  - Wesley
“Not a word.” - Bianca
(True.  I’m such a Grammar Nazi)
·         “We’re sizing up your strengths and weaknesses.” – Wesley
“And?” – Bianca
“You’re horrible.  I hope you like cats.” – Wesley
·         “J-date?  You’re not Jewish.” – Bianca
“I know.  That just makes me more exotic on the site.” – Dottie
- "I just thought of something funny and now no one's going to know."  - teen in hall after cell phones were taken away from the students.
- "You're racist against jocks.  You're jockcist." - Wesley

Terrible advice from teens:
·         “What happens in high school stays with us forever.  Most people don’t think so, but most people are losers.” – snobby girl
·         “No one’s making out if they’re 3 feet apart.” – Wesley
-    Pick-up line:  "I could tell from across the room we might be into each other.  Now that I'm here, I know.  your move."  - Wesley
Tips for Parents:
·         A LOT of sex jokes, discussion about porn, and sexual acting out
·         A LOT of profanity. 
·         Teenage partying
-     The only F-bomb dropped in the movie comes out of the mouth of Bianca's MOM.
-     Two male teachers kiss during the rolling credits at the end.

If you like any of these below, then you're going to like the movie The DUFF: (Designated Ugly Fat Friend) :

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