As much as the premise requires you to believe that Mae Whitman is someone you wouldn’t hang out with in high school (sorry, anybody wearing a “Tales Of Horror” t-shirt is someone we’d be friends with immediately), could “The Duff” be a little charmer just waiting to arrive in cinemas next month? Despite myself, I’m kinda curious to see how this seemingly average looking teen comedy turns out, if only because it looks like Whitman is making the most of her major leading movie role.
Co-starring Robbie Amell, Bella Thorne, Bianca Santos, Skyler Samuels, Nick Eversman, Alison Janney, Romany Malco, and Ken Jeong, the premise isn’t that complicated: an ordinary gal seeks to reinvent herself for her senior year and defeat the school’s lead mean girl. Listen, we’ve seen these tropes before in a thousand other movies, but Gold help me, there is just something about this that is working for me. Don’t ask. And don’t tell anyone I went to see this alone.
“The Duff” opens on February 20th. Watch below.