As teen movies go, it was really great one tackling a problem of self-assurance, social stigma and teenage life. The move makes me want to read the book as well. (Yes! It is based on a book)
Being DUFF (Designated Ugly Fat Friend) is a social stigma for those who cause others of look better by being around them.
That is the definition given in the movie.
The movie starts with three best friends, one of which, our lead, Mae Whitman, was narrating for us. The school has all the cliques types. Each has their own specialty. May it be Bella Thorne playing the popular girl or Robbie Amell, playing the jock-cum-neighbor-cum-childhood best friend (he has more roles in the movies).
The story takes us through the realization that even if one doesn’t bother gaining appreciation from others about themselves, they do not like being commented on either.
After the realization hits, she goes through the 5 stages of Grief (ironically her mother is a motivational speaker by profession).
She takes it upon herself to get rid of this stigma and asks the annoying neighbour-cum-jock to help her out. They make a deal (there is more to that deal, just a tiny bit more) and the fun begins.
I absolutely love the first time they go to a lingerie store together and he shoes her some of the things she should wear. I call it the ‘Real Talk’ scene. He flat out states all the things that she doesn’t do right and she is dumb struck.
The more, the two lead go on this transition shopping sprees, the more fun the scenes are to watch. they even share sincere moments. The whole thing even helps the girl get the guy (well, the other guy- and dump him).
The two things that annoy me about the movie are:
One- There is always someone videotaping the open moments between the two leads. I mean, hello, too much of coincidences director. Cut them some slack.
Two- the romance phase did not seem transitional at all. There was this one moment that they kiss, write it off, chill out again. And what? Bam. Feelings swoop in. Naah. Not done for me.
Well, it is a loved movie, so I am sure many people do like it but those are my opinions.
In the end is your prom scenes, like any typical teen movie (not complaining).
I love that the last stage, the acceptance teaches that we do not have to take up social stigmas and live with it but move forward and realize that these stigmas do not define us.
Oh and by the way, I love the innovative-ness of the dress as much as it is portrayed in the movie.
I hope you go and watch it.