Geeks rule too

Celine Spence, Public Relations

On Friday, Feb. 20, the American teen comedy film, The DUFF, a movie based on the novel written by Kodi Keplinger, which channels a modern day Mean Girls with a hint of Easy A and Clueless, was released.


Actress Mae Whitman plays Bianca Piper, an ordinary high school senior who discovers that her classmates know her as “The DUFF”, which stands for Designated Ugly Fat Friend. Her two best friends, Jess (Skyler Samuels) and Casey (Bianca A. Santos), get all the attention from their classmates that Bianca doesn’t. Madison, the most popular girl in school, and Wesley’s (Robbie Amell) on and off again girlfriend, spreads embarrassing videos of Bianca all over school and all over the internet. Amongst being labeled as the DUFF, Bianca has to deal with mean girls, stereotypes, and feelings.


The movie portrays the realistic issue of cyber bullying. The movie demonstrates how corrupt students in high school can be and that bullying in any form is serious.


Although being 8 years older than the average high school senior, both Mae Whitman and Robbie Amell do a fine job playing their roles as seventeen-year-old high school seniors.


The movie shows a fairly accurate representation of the average high school girl’s daily struggles. Not every school has issues quite as dramatic as Bianca’s, but nonetheless, Bianca has insecurities like others her age and just wants to fit into with what is the social norm.


When her friends don’t inform her that she is the DUFF, Bianca confronts Jess and Casey and unfollows them from every social media site possible, which is also a pretty accurate representation of the modern teenager, who relies on social media for everything. Nowadays, unfollowing someone on Twitter is considered to be the most monumental thing ever.


Although the movie has a typical and predictable ending, the cheesy ending seems only fitting for the movie. The movie is witty, hilarious, and in some cases, relatable for teenagers. The DUFF also shows how the predestined idea of stereotypes have been broken in this modern age, and geeks have just as good a chance to survive high school as anyone else. Basically, Geeks rule!