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The Duff Blu-ray Review

The Duff Blu-ray

“The Duff” is one of the better high school comedies as of late.

After learning she is “The Duff” (designated ugly fat friend) to her two attractive pals, Bianca starts to rethink her life. Angry and initially insecure, Bianca sets out to unduff herself to try and become more attractive to the opposite sex (in particular a classmate named Toby). In order to accomplish this, she strikes up a deal with her neighbor/football star Wesley. Alas, the transformation is easier said than done as it backfires on more than one occasion. As is the case with any journey though, Bianca slowly begins to learn more about herself and who she is really developing feelings for.

Based on a novel by Kody Keplinger, “The Duff” is an often charming albeit flawed high school comedy about insecurity, being true to yourself, labels, and romance. The story itself is nothing revelatory as it’s largely derivative of other high school movies that don’t actually resemble real life high school. Furthermore, the humor does not always work as screenwriter Josh A. Cagan tries a little too hard to be hip and modern with his pop culture jokes. With all of that said, however, this well paced quirky comedy wins you over in the end thanks to the electric chemistry between stars Mae Whitman and Robbie Amell.

Mae Whitman (who started out as a child actor) really shines as Bianca as she perfectly balances the awkward and charming eccentricities of the lead character. Robbie Amell (best known for his appearances on the fantastic “The Flash”) shows some depth here as the popular student with a heart of gold (Wesley). While I won’t spoil the overall dynamic between the two characters, I will say that Amell has fantastic chemistry with Whitman. The two play off each other so well and elevate the otherwise uneven material. They make the movie worth watching.

Video/Audio:

Presentation: 2.35:1 1080p. How does it look? The Blu-ray disc contains a crisp hi-def transfer.

Audio Track: 5.1 DTS-HD MA. How does it sound? This is a lively track that covers everything from the score to the sound f/x exceedingly well.

Extras:
* Lionsgate trailers.
* DVD copy and Digital HD copy.
* “The Duff Hits The Carpet”- Footage from the premiere.
* A 3 minute gag reel.
* “Bringing The Book To Life”- An interview with author Kody Keplinger.
* “Teen Comedies And The Duff”- A featurette about “The Duff” and its cinematic inspirations.
* “I Am The Duff”- A standard featurette about the movie.
* “The Duff Files”- Small featurettes on Bianca, Wesley, Madison, Jess and Casey, and the Faculty of Malloy High.

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June 5, 2015 - Posted by | Blu-Ray review | , ,

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