‘The DUFF’ Trailer: In Which We’re Led to Believe Little Mae Whitman Is the Ugly, Fat Friend
In the world of the upcoming film ‘The DUFF,’ we are supposed to believe that ‘Arrested Development‘ star Mae Whitman—tiny, pocket-sized Mae Whitman—is the fat, ugly girl. (Her?) Apparently every group of friends has what is called a “DUFF”—a “Designated Ugly Fat Friend.” And, to be fair, the trailer has the cruel jock who tells Mae Whitman’s Bianca pointing out several other examples of DUFFs who do not look fat or “ugly.” They just look like whatever the opposite of a popular, conventionally attractive high school kid looks like. The first trailer for this movie isn’t doing much to convince us that this isn’t just a ripoff of ‘She’s All That,’ though.
Mae Whitman is obviously not fat, and it kind of sucks to cast her in a movie that calls her fat and ugly, where younger girls who are heavier than her will see it and think, “Gosh, if she’s a fatty, what does that make me?” We already know that beauty standards are terribly skewed, but the idea that someone as tiny as Mae Whitman would be called fat is downright horrific. Remember when Jennifer Lawrence said she’s considered obese by Hollywood standards and we all nervously laughed about it? Yeah. That.
Anyway! So ‘The DUFF’ is a movie about a girl named Bianca who discovers, much to her horror and ours, that she is this Designated Ugly Fat Friend when the school jock points it out to her at a party. She’d been living her life carefree and oblivious up until then, just being her cool, weirdo self and not giving a damn about any of these labels and just doing her own thing. So the jock offers to give her a makeover and turn things around for her. I assume by the end of this she’ll learn that she’s better off being herself and maybe teach everyone a thing or two in the process.
I really hope this movie isn’t as dumb as the trailer makes it out to be.
‘The DUFF’ also stars Robbie Amell, Bella Thorne, Nick Eversman, Ken Jeong, and Allison Janney, and hits theaters next year.