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Strong acting can't right topsy-turvy priorities in 'The DUFF'
Strong acting can't right topsy-turvy priorities in 'The DUFF'

"The DUFF," starring Mae Whitman, Bella Thorne and Robbie Amell, is the latest teenage comedy to explore the ever-expanding list of ways kids torture one another in high school. For those who don't recognize the acronym, it stands for "designated ugly fat friend" and is used in the social media world, where fast and unfriendly is always a hit. Madison (Thorne) is popular, a shoo-in for prom queen, beautiful and, because that just isn't enough, the leader of the hit squad. Bianca (Whitman), smart, cynical and easygoing, is Madison's prime target. Wesley (Amell), the quarterback, cool, cute and Bianca's next-door neighbor, is the man in the middle,...

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