THE DUFF

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Di­rected by Ari San­del. Star­ring Mae Whit­man, Bella Thor­nel, Al­li­son Jan­ney

“Duff” stands for “des­ig­nated ugly fat friend”. And The Duff is a so­ci­o­log­i­cally in­spired novel in the mould of

Mean Girls. San­del’s pic­ture re­ally, re­ally wants to be Mean

Girls or Clue­less when it grows up, and even if it’s not quite there, we ad­mire the in­ten­tion. Vet­er­ans, in­clud­ing Jan­ney and Ken Jeong, pro­vide lov­able cameos, though ul­ti­mately the film be­longs to its charm­ing lead. 15A cert, gen re­lease, 101 min

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