Last Friday, the big screen adaptation of Kody Keplinger’s The DUFF hit theaters everywhere and came in at number four at the box office! We’ve seen the film and absolutely loved it. But we know some of you aren’t sure if you should see it, so here’s why we think you need to buy a ticket:
1. Mae Whitman is hilarious and super relatable as Bianca.
2. Robbie Amell’s abs.
3. The soundtrack is on point. Our favorite? Kari Kimmel’s “Nothing Left to Lose.”
4. Bianca’s mom, played by the incomparable Allison Janney, imparts some wise wisdom throughout the film, including this gem: “Believe, retrieve, achieve!”
5. Despite playing the antagonist, Bella Thorne has flawless hair.
6. Though not perfect, the movie still contains a great message about self-esteem. Its commentary on how we often embody the perceptions placed on us rings true. We caught up with Mae and Robbie last week at Planet Hollywood here in NYC and asked about their own struggles with self-esteem. Here’s what they had to say:
Mae: “I feel like I got made fun of a lot [in high school.] … Even now, I mean, in my career or just daily life, I feel like I get put into boxes a lot. Like, I’m not the leading lady and I’m not this and I’m not that … I’m a human. I’m a layered human that does a lot of things. And I wanted to give a voice to that person because I felt very connected to that struggle and I knew I could convey it with my full heart.”
Robbie: “I’ve had a lot of people think I’m an idiot just because I play a lot of sports. You know, I didn’t exactly spend a lot of time with my head in a book. But I like to think I’m pretty clever. Mae says I’m very smart.”
7. There’s kissing!
8. When we asked Mae which book adaptation she’d love to star in, she said, “I want to be in The Outsiders! I want to play Ponyboy, it’s my new goal.” We totally support this.
9. If you like Mean Girls, She’s the Man and Easy A, you’ll love The DUFF.
10. Robbie Amell’s abs. (Oh, did we say that already? Oops.)
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