As a fan of The DUFF (the book, that is), I was partly excited and partly horrified when I learnt that it was being adapted into a movie. It’s not a book that I ever thought would be adapted, if I’m honest, and I kind of wish it hadn’t been. While the overall message of “be yourself, don’t let anyone else define you” is still very much present, it all fell short of the mark and the movie didn’t turn out so great.
Well, it’s not as bad as Vampire Academy, but it did have that same “WE MUST BE FUNNEH” feel to it. That Mean-Girls-but-not vibe. You know the one I mean. I actually really liked some scenes but those were few and far between. I didn’t like the movie, in short.
Okay so they fucked up Bianca’s character in order to fit with the PG-13 theme. Because in PG-13 movies teenage guys can be sex fiends but teenage girls have to be innocent virgins who have never been kissed. WHY, WORLD, WHY? In the book, Bianca loves sex. She’s a very sexual person. And there’s absolutely nothing wrong with that! In the movie, however, her character took a U-turn. I can’t remember if she had been kissed before (I want to say no) but there was none of the casual sexing that I so loved in the book. Can Hollywood stop making vaginas a thing to be feared and preserved?
Were there any? There’s Wesley, but he wasn’t as intriguing as he was in the book. He had no substance, and we had only a little glimpse into his life and who he was. And then Bianca’s friends were basically non-existent, only showing up when the important scenes (i.e. the friendship break-up and the friendship make-up scenes) were happening. I did like Bianca’s mother, though. She wasn’t a regular mum, she was a cool mum. Kind of.
Oh my GOD, it was boring. There was no climax to this movie at all, and no build up whatsoever. The entire thing was slow and tiring and I just wanted to go to sleep.
- Bianca telling the stupid guy who told her the song he had been singing was his that she wasn’t surprised because it was a piece of shit.
- “I like myself. I wouldn’t want to be anyone else.”
- “No matter what label is thrown your way, only you can define yourself.”
- The rest of the movie.
- Mae Whitman’s acting sometimes I AM SO SORRY I LOVED YOU AS KATARA PLEASE FORGIVE ME
- Everything else.