The DUFF
movie

The DUFF

Director: Ari Sandel

Year: 2015

Plot: A high school senior instigates a social pecking order revolution after finding out that she has been labeled the DUFF - Designated Ugly Fat Friend - by her prettier, more popular counterparts.
Original Title: The Duff
Director: Ari Sandel
Writer: Josh A. Cagan , Kody Keplinger
Producer: Josh A. Cagan , Lane Shefter Bishop , Steven Bello , Susan Cartsonis , Ted Gidlow , McG , Mary Viola
Type: movie
Year: 2015
Genres: Comedy, Romance
Cast: Skyler Samuels , Robbie Amell , Mahaley Patel , Bella Thorne , Dorothy Reynolds , Nick Eversman , Erick Chavarria , Benjamin Taylor Davis , Jonathan Baron , Fiona Hardingham , Benjamin Papac , Tony Cavalero , Madeline Brumby , Kody Keplinger , Lai-Ling Bernstein , Brian Dewar McNamara , Sam Lazarus , Murielle Telio , Alexandra Ficken , Paras Patel , J.J. Green , Colton Medlin , Terri Abney , Demetrius Bridges , Erica-Marie Sanchez , Veanna Black , Kurt Krause , Beau Rich , Seth Meriwether , Marisela Zumbado , Eric R. Moore , Curry Stone , Jeff Glover , Bianca A. Santos , Krissy Notes , David Gridley , Dani Sherrick , Eric Abraham , RJ Shearer , Gabriela Hernandez , Blayne Ackerman , Michael Steedley , Jennifer Cocker , Richard Kohberger , Brittany Savoie , Perry Ball , Stephen Tsimpides , Charles William Cook , Rebecca Weil , Chris Smith , Turner J. Wheat , Cason Richter , Emily Norcia , Danielle Lyn , Samuel Lee Fudge , Christy Alcroft , Kyle Wilkerson , Madison Fitts , Elisha Williams , Stephanie Long , Chaz Dowdell , Megan English , Grady Sims , Akazio Fairly , Mae Whitman , Romany Malco , Chris Wylde , Ken Jeong , Allison Janney , Jill Jane Clements
Runtimes: 101
Countries: United States
Languages: English , Spanish
Color Info: Color
Aspect Ratio: 2.35 : 1
Sound Mix: Dolby Digital
Original Air Date: 04 Oct 2017 (India)
Rating: 6.4
Votes: 100248
Year: 2015
Akas: The DUFF (United States) , Duff (United States) , Duff: Le faire-valoir (France) , Duff: Hast du keine, bist du eine (Germany) , El último baile (Spain)
Production Companies: CBS Films , Vast Entertainment , Wonderland Sound and Vision
Distributors: Lions Gate Films , Applause Entertainment , Capelight Pictures , Eagle Pictures , Entertainment One , Future Film , Myndform , Odeon , Paradise Group , Polyfilm Verleih , Roadshow Film Distributors (NZ) Ltd. , Roadshow Films , SF Norge A/S , Ster-Kinekor Pictures , Telepool , United International Pictures (UIP) , 9Go! , Eagle Films , Film1 , Netflix , Odeon Home Entertainment , Red Apollo Group , Sierra / Affinity , Walt Disney Company , Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment , Yleisradio (YLE)
Synopsis: For a long time, high school students have been stuck with the typical labels - jocks, princesses, nerds, divas, geeks, dweebs, rejects, etc. In recent years, these students have now branched out from their stereotypes. As high school senior Bianca Piper (Mae Whitman) explains, now jocks play video games, the princesses are on anti-depressants, and the nerds are in charge. We then see the short, slightly-overweight unattractive Bianca walking down the halls with her two attractive best friends: Jessica 'Jess' Harris (Skyler Samuels), an aspiring fashion designer, and Casey Cordero (Bianca A. Santos), a tough computer hacker girl. All the guys drool over Jess and Casey, but nobody ever really acknowledges Bianca.The school's ruthless mean-girl queen bee Madison Morgan (Bella Thorne) invites Jess and Casey to a party at her house, and deliberately chooses not to invite Bianca, until Casey makes it so that there's a free invitation. Here, we also meet Bianca's neighbor and former friend Wesley Rush (Robbie Amell), captain of the football team and Madison's on/off boyfriend. Bianca also has a crush on a guy named Toby Tucker (Nick Eversman), but she is too scared to say more than two words to him.The supervisor of the school newspaper and Bianca's teacher, Mr. Arthur (Ken Jeong), assigns her the task of writing an article for the school newspaper on the upcoming homecoming dance and what social life means to her. She reluctantly agrees to it.At home, we meet Bianca's mom Dottie (Allison Janney), who became a successful author after her divorce. She was inspired by an episode of "The Simpsons" to create a book on the five stages of dealing with divorce. She, along with Jess and Casey, convince Bianca to go to the party, despite her hesitance.At the party, Wes runs into Bianca and asks her if Jess and Casey have mentioned him or are interested in him. Bianca says it's not her job to divulge information on her friends, to which Wes argues that it is as their DUFF. Wes explains to a confused Bianca that it stands for the "Designated Ugly Fat Friend", and that a DUFF is there to make their friends look better by comparison. They are approachable enough for someone to ask them about their hot friends, and Bianca fits this role. Offended, she throws her drink in Wes's face. She goes home alone feeling insecure and self-conscious.Throughout the rest of the day, the thought of being a DUFF bugs Bianca until she realizes that everyone only talks to her to get closer to Jess and Casey. She even notices all the other social cliques at school with their own DUFF. It gets to a point where Bianca confronts Jess and Casey about being their DUFF. Despite their assurance that they don't see her like that, Bianca spitefully unfollows them from every form of social media (Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, Vine, etc.) and decides she doesn't want to be friends with them at all.Bianca notices that Wes is failing chemistry. She sees this as an opportunity for the two of them to help each other out. She offers to tutor Wes if he agrees to turn her image around so that she won't be a DUFF. Wes agrees, but only if Bianca asks him in her monster voice from when they were kids. She does.Wes joins Bianca at the local shopping mall where he first gets her to dress in a more flattering manner. As Bianca tries on different outfits, she fools around with a mannequin and pretends it's Toby. From afar, Madison's minion Caitlyn (Rebecca Weil) films this and sends the video to Madison. Wes then challenges Bianca to go around the mall and talk to a bunch of random guys for her to get over her fear of talking to Toby. It goes awkwardly for a while until one guy from a frozen yogurt stand talks to Bianca for a while.The next day, the video of Bianca at the mall goes viral throughout the school. Everybody points and laughs at her, forcing her to run into the bathroom and cry. Mr. Arthur and Principal Buchanon (Romany Malco) take notice of this and demand everybody turn in their cell phones to prevent further cyberbullying, which only turns everyone against Bianca even more since they blame her for the loss of their gadgets. Jess and Casey also see the video, and Casey gets rid of the video. The phones are returned to the students when the constant ringing bothers Buchanon.Wes comes over to Bianca's house to apologize for not stopping the video and for not defending her. He gives her a dress that she had her eye on at the mall. He tells her not to let the video get to her and that she should approach Toby personally and admit how she feels. Wes then promises to go out and continue studying.Bianca approaches Toby at school after being previously humiliated by the video. She tells him she's into him, and he invites her to go over to his house to hang out.Bianca takes Wes into the nearby woods to her "thinking rock" so he can tell her how to handle herself on a date. He explains how the mood should be set and how Toby would act if he is trying to go for a kiss. Wes ends up kissing Bianca, but they laugh it off as just practice. Once again, Caitlyn is in the distance filming this with her video phone. Madison then approaches Bianca at school the next day and threatens to post another video at the mall of Bianca's awkward encounter with the guys since Madison doesn't like Bianca hanging around Wes.Another evening or two later, Bianca goes to Toby's house for dinner. He puts out sushi and talks about how he got into writing songs. However, Bianca cannot stop thinking about Wes. She goes to the bathroom and tries to convince herself that she's not into him. Outside, Toby plays an awkwardly-written song for Bianca and then asks about Jess and Casey. Bianca slowly realizes that Toby is DUFF-ing her, and he admits he only invited Bianca over because he thought Jess and Casey would be joining them. Bianca leaves and then sees that Toby bought the sushi from another place instead of cooking it like he made it seem. Bianca goes home and leaves a message for Wes. She walks by the woods and sees him and Madison sitting on her rock, kissing. Wes comes over later to comfort Bianca, only to be turned away after she tells him what she saw.Depressed, Bianca tries to write her article, only to become lonely. She decides to make amends with Jess and Casey. The two of them, along with Dottie, convince Bianca to go with them to homecoming. Jess makes Bianca a dress using Bianca's flannel shirt and another dress.The three girls go to the homecoming dance, and everyone is stunned by Bianca's new look, including Wes. She goes over to him and admits that she's into him. Madison catches them talking and threatens to post the video, but Bianca is no longer fazed by it. She says that it won't bother her and that she doesn't care about labels the way Madison does. Bianca adds that everyone is a DUFF since there will always be someone prettier or more popular, but that shouldn't bother anybody. Moments later, Wes and Madison are crowned homecoming king and queen. Madison gladly accepts the crown, but Wes rejects it and goes over to kiss Bianca in front of everyone. They leave to go hook up in the computer room.Bianca writes her article on being a DUFF, which is a hit with the students. She and Wes become a couple in the end, and she becomes a more confident person that doesn't let a label define her.
Cinematographer: David Hennings
Producer: Josh A. Cagan , Lane Shefter Bishop , Steven Bello , Susan Cartsonis , Ted Gidlow , McG , Mary Viola
Production Manager: Jack Schuster , Ted Gidlow , Marc A. Hammer , David Scott Rubin
Art Direction: Erin Cochran
Box Office: $8,500,000 (estimated) , $10,809,149, 22 Feb 2015 , $43,709,744
Certificates: Argentina:13 , Australia:M , Brazil:12 , Canada:PG::(Alberta) , Canada:PG::(British Columbia) , Canada:G::(Quebec) , Denmark:7 , Finland:K-7 , France:Tous publics , Germany:12 , India:UA , India:A::(theatrical) , Ireland:15A , Italy:T , Lithuania:N-13 , Mexico:B , Netherlands:12 , New Zealand:M , Norway:A::(cinema rating) , Philippines:R-13 , Singapore:PG13 , South Korea:15 , Spain:TP , Sweden:Btl , Switzerland:12 , Thailand:G , United Kingdom:12A , United Kingdom:12::(DVD rating) , United Kingdom:12A , United States:PG-13
Composer: Dominic Lewis
Editor: Wendy Greene Bricmont
Editorial Department: Jennifer-Noel Dennis , Mike Selemon , Nick Monton , Damien Vandercruyssen , Katie Mims , Giovanni DiGiorgio , Alex Gilbert , Megan Marquis , Shay Greenfield , Christopher Price , Justin Rosen , John Diesso , Heath Belser , Stefan Sonnenfeld
Sound Crew: Samara Amat , Lawrence Herman , Ben Whitver , Robert Fernandez , Matt Derber , Rob Embrey , Ian Cymore , Gavin Hecker , Matteo Marciano , Jamison Rabbe , Tricia Schultz , Felipe Borrero , Scott Brewster , Mark DeSimone , Bobby Johanson , Avi Laniado , Jay Peck , Marcus Ricaud , Mike Schmidt , Allan Zaleski
Visual Effects: Shaina Holmes , Charlotte Raffi , David Piombino , John Koltai , Aleksandar Djordjevic , Greg M. Silverman , Matt Kushner , Zach Lewis , Pinar Comezoglu , Sari Rodrig , Alex Ling , James Yates , Michael Means , Lindsey Yates , Sarah McCulley , David Isyomin
Music Department: Dee Lewis Clay , Tommy Laurence , Jason Soudah , Antonio Andrade , Alvin Wee , Luiz Augusto Buff , Al Clay , Jonathan Hafter , Tom Kramer , Max Surla
Miscellaneous Crew: David Michael Brown , Bruce Roberts , Laurent Marchand , Bo Shurling , Robert Johnston , Lauren Petzke , Lucy Kim Robertson , Todd Feaser , Alex Ginno , Kev Magee , Marcel Pinkowski , Siham Butakmani , Jason Steyaert , Gabriel Rush , Jess Shuler , Briana James , Kathleen K.J. Walsh , Martin Torchia , Usurah Khan , Matthew Prokopek , Alison Maloof , Jennifer Cocker , Valerie Martin , Braden Rolland , Luan Agostinho , Bolden , Kim Adamski , Jennifer Elmore , Shari Lomack , Eunita Isaac , Flavio Gaertner , Paige Hamby , Natalie Sands , Merilee Durgan , Scott Burns , Carl S. Pyrdum Jr. , Kirk Riley , Karin Fong , M. Ross-Michaels , Michael C. Smith , Mark Ross
Other Companies: 20th Century Fox Television , Alamy , Bigstock , CBS Films , Chapman/Leonard Studio Equipment , Corbis , DeeTown Entertainment , Exchange Communications , Footage Bank , Getty Images , Imaginary Forces , International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees (IATSE) , Island Records , Los Angeles Times , Monkeyland Audio , New York State Governor's Office for Motion Picture & Television Development , Panavision , Post Factory NY , Production Services of GA aka: Event Services of GA , Scarlet Letters , Shutterstock , Stepping Stone Foley Studio , Teamsters - Motion Picture & Theatrical Trade Division , Universal Studios Licensing , Visual Data Media Services , Visual Icon
Costume Designer: Eric Daman
Make Up: Jennifer Johnson , Kelly E. Marlow , Fawn Ortega , Lisa Ann Wilson , Stevie Martin , Suzanna Boykin , Pamela Hall , Jane Galli
Assistant Director: Jessie Sasser White , Trevor Schliefer , Jason Blumenfeld , Tracey Poirier , John Radcliff
Art Department: Nina A. White , Jonathan Shaffer , Marlow Sanchez , Nichole Wleklinski , Nathan S. Clark , Cara Price , Sabrina James , Taraja Ramsess , Michael Gowen , Haley Keim , Leia Verner , Shelby Davis , Mike Sullivan , Michelle Faldoski , R. Barry Green , Lauren Adams Jones , Kelli Lee , Clarissa Mobley , Mike Ellison , Jay Cooper , Randy Lewallen , Jonathan Dossman , 'Jamie' James Free , Greg King , Jason Dock Harrell
Camera and Electrical Department: Esteban Hernandez , German Valle , James Notari , Christopher Flurry , James Stockton , Jonathan Bennett , Patrick Istorico , Summer Marsh , Pete Klingenberg , Aaron Gantt , Dylan Damian , Yusuke Sato , Jason Hatcher , Raymond Burgess , Neal Goff , Francis Harlan , Juan R. Campbell , Joel Kirton , Jeffery A. Taylor , Michael D. Patterson , Joshua McCready , Brian Adkins , Steven Shorty Haralson , Eddy Flores , Ryan M Ketchum , Chris Beattie , Pete Bowman , J.A. Byerly , Alan Caudillo , Guy D'Alema , Sammy Ray Hill , Levi Loy , Carson E. Mayne , Jens Piotrowski , Ron Provenzano , H. Mark Vuille
Set Decoration: Nicole LeBlanc
Costume Department: Brenda Salivia , Samantha Rattner , Madeline Gunter , Taylor Addison , Amy J. Smith , Hartsell Taylor
Production Design: Aaron Osborne
Special Effects: Eric A. Martin , Wes Campbell , Bob Shelley
Videos: Video 1 , Video 2
Script Department: Janine Gosselin
Stunt Performer: Wade Allen , Agnes Mayasari
Location Management: Andy Sleet , Rebecca Puck Stair , Jason Underwood , Jen Farris , Tom Pierce , John Latenser V
Number of Seasons: Jason Geigerman , Jake Smith , Sidney Ruffin , Brian Gregory , Donna K. Kopacz , Eric L. Cason , Randy Rowe , Terry Collis
Seasons: Angela Demo , Barbara J. McCarthy
Casting Department: Janella Bersabal , Patrick Ingram , Alice Merlin , Blair Foster , Tracy Kilpatrick
Special Effects Companies: & Company , Encore