It’s Mean Girls meets She’s All That in The DUFF, an upcoming comedy that tells the story of a high school girl (Mae Whitman) who finds out she has been labeled the DUFF (Designated Ugly Fat Friend) to her prettier friends.
We’re hoping this will surprise us by being a stand-out in the high school teen-comedy genre, because The DUFF trailer doesn’t really provide much confidence. Cliches abound here, even if it does have a self-knowing wink-wink attitude on display. Either way, this does have the makings of a box office hit, and it could actually have a smart screenplay. Could it be next year’s Easy A?
On a side note: why does it not surprise to see Ken Jeong here?
Josh A. Cagan (Bandslam) adapted Kody Keplinger’s novel. Ari Sandel, who won an Academy Award for Best Short Film, Live Action in 2007, is at the helm.
The DUFF, starring Mae Whitman, Robbie Amell, Bella Thorne, Bianca Santos, Skyler Samuels, Nick Eversman, Alison Janney, Romany Malco and Ken Jeong, is to be released in 2015. No specific date has been announced.
Official synopsis for The DUFF:
Bianca (Mae Whitman) is a content high school senior whose world is shattered when she learns the student body knows her as ‘The DUFF’ (Designated Ugly Fat Friend) to her prettier, more popular friends (Skyler Samuels & Bianca Santos). Now, despite the words of caution from her favorite teacher (Ken Jeong), she puts aside the potential distraction of her crush, Toby (Nick Eversman), and enlists Wesley (Robbie Amell), a slick but charming jock, to help reinvent herself. To save her senior year from turning into a total disaster, Bianca must find the confidence to overthrow the school’s ruthless label maker Madison (Bella Thorne) and remind everyone that no matter what people look or act like, we are all someone’s DUFF.