(2015) (Mae Whitman, Robbie Amell) (PG-13)
- QUICK TAKE:
- Comedy: Upon learning that she's apparently a DUFF (Designated Ugly Fat Friend), a high school senior strikes a deal with the football captain to transform her into the kind of girl who might attract her dreamy crush.
- Bianca (MAE WHITMAN) is a high school senior who lives with her single, motivational speaker mom, Dottie (ALLISON JANNEY); has two best friends, Jess (SKYLER SAMUELS) and Casey (BIANCA A. SANTOS); and is the favorite student of journalism teacher Mr. Arthur (KEN JEONG). When her next door neighbor and current high school football team captain, Wesley (ROBBIE AMELL), informs her that she's the DUFF (Designated Ugly Fat Friend) to Jess and Casey, however, Bianca's world is shaken. Despite Wesley's crass generalization, Bianca believes it. Not only does she then un-friend her friends, but she also strikes a deal with Wesley. She'll help him improve his grades so that his college scholarship isn't in jeopardy while he'll help transform her into the kind of girl who could draw the interest of her dream crush and fellow student, Toby (NICK EVERSMAN).
But Bianca must contend with Wesley's on-again, off-again girlfriend, Madison (BELLA THORNE), who looks down on Bianca but nevertheless is jealous of the time she's spending with Wesley. Accordingly, she gets her friend, Caitlyn (REBECCA WEIL), to capture embarrassing video footage of Bianca and then post that online. As she must contend with that affecting her chances with Toby, and Mr. Arthur assigning her to write a story on the Homecoming dance, Bianca doesn't realize that Wesley might be falling for her.
- WILL KIDS WANT TO SEE IT?
- Since it's about high school and relationships, it might draw in that age bracket as well as younger kids interested in older teen years.
- WHY THE MPAA RATED IT: PG-13
- For crude and sexual material throughout, some language and teen partying.
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