For the first 45 minutes of The DUFF, I was honestly regretting sitting down in the cinema. It was the most clichéd, unoriginal, poorly acted and painful cinema experience since Seventh Son. There were a couple of chuckles here and there, nearly entirely thanks to Ken Jeong, but nothing worthy of applause. Then the film's second half takes place and I'm honestly not sure what happened, but it improved. A lot. The film got funny, it hard some heart and I was entertained thoroughly. It's not perfect, but it was a shock. It's not enough to say I enjoyed this film, and it's certainly not enough for me to recommend you sit through 45 excruciating minutes to get to 45 decent minutes, but it's something.
Once it does in fact get going, it's so full of clichés that you'll feel as if you've seen this movie before. There's the hot friends, the ugly friend, the jock and the bitch. They try to approach it in a self aware way, but it's still the same characters from every movie ever, self aware or not. But let's talk about this movie's bitch, played by Disney Channel star, Bella Thorne. Her intentions are left unmentioned, her arc is non-existent and her dialogue is hilariously bad. She's the least developed character in the entire movie.