‘The DUFF’ is a typical American high school film with comedy and romance. Bianca is a high school student whose world is turned upside down when she finds out that the student body knows her as ‘The DUFF’ (Designated Ugly Fat Friend). Now, he enlists Wesley, a shrewd but pleasant athlete, to reinvent himself. We’ve tried to come up with a list of some great The Duff-like movies that are our recommendations. You may be able to stream some of these movies like The Duff on Netflix or Amazon Prime or even Hulu.
10. Bring It On (2000)
In Peyton Reed’s exuberant teen sports drama, Kristen Dunst plays Torrance Shipman, the leader of the cheerleading team who needs to get the best out of his team to win competitions. ‘Bring It On is a fun movie with great choreography and cheerleading performances. Dunst fits the role like a glove and manages to bring the exuberance, liveliness, and charm required to the role that turns the film into a hilarious experience despite its mundane plot and occasional narrative twists.
9. The To-Do List (2013)
Brandy Klark (Aubrey Plaza) just graduated from high school where she excelled in every subject except real-life sexual education. Feeling pressured to become more sexually savvy, Brandy makes a list of things to do before going to college. Although this film brings nothing new to the cinema, it innovates by including female characters as protagonists. With competent directing, a solid cast, and good dialogue, “The To-Do List” is a teen comedy that both men and women will find entertaining and hilarious.
8. Two Night Stand (2014)
A snowstorm forces two people who have established an online connection to unwittingly extend their one-night stand as the blizzard passes through the night. “Two Night Stand” is an original romantic comedy starring Analigh Tipton and Miles Teller. The characters, the structure, and the ending make it a different romantic comedy. By exploring a reasonably believable scenario and having an intelligent and entertaining dialogue, director Max Nichols was able to create a connection between the characters and the audience.
7. Napoleon Dynamite (2004)
A listless and alienated teenager decides to help his new friend win the class presidency in their small western high school as he faces his bizarre family life. Written and directed by Jared Hess, “Napoleon Dynamite” is one of the weirdest and funniest films around. While it’s not for everyone because it has a unique style, this teen nerd story is a breath of fresh air with hilarious and awkward jokes. Also, Jon Heder is perfectly chosen for the role of the clumsy and stupid Napoleon. Try it and you will be surprised.
6. She’s All That (1999)
This film follows a high school jock after he made a bet that he could turn an unattractive girl into the prom queen. Although the plot isn’t that original, the script is really fun. On top of that, Freddie Prinze Jr and Rachael Leigh Cook play the characters in amazing ways. They give you a great impression of the character and how they react to different situations. This is a great romantic teen movie that will make your heart melt.
5. Can’t Wait (1998)
‘Can Hardly Wait’ is a teen comedy about high school graduates with different schedules on graduation night. 500 high school seniors are looking forward to the graduation party while, in the meantime, a guy wants to have a girl he’s loved for years who just broke up with her boyfriend. We follow this night, where people have sex, drink, and follow most of the guidelines of a high school graduation party. The cast of this film includes Jennifer Love Hewitt, Ethan Embry, Seth Green, and Lauren Ambrose.
4. Mean Girls (2004)
Lindsay Lohan is Cady Heron, a teenager who has studied at home all her life. He moves from Africa to the United States and must attend public high school for the first time. High school is ruled by the ‘Plastics’, three rich girls who are not very smart but are incredibly bad. After a few conflicts, Cady gets involved with them but becomes confrontational: Should she sabotage them or really become part of their group? The film is famous for its accurate portrayal of an American high school and complex relationships at this young age.
Starring Zac Efron, Miles Teller, and Michael B. Jordan, “That Awkward Moment” is a funny comedy about three best friends who find themselves in the same situation. They have to decide where their relationships are going. This movie is your typical bromance movie with a lot of hilarious jokes and some cliché moments. However, his unconventional humor and romantic side will satisfy you.
2. LOL (2012)
In a world connected to YouTube, iTunes, and Facebook 24/7, Lola (Miley Cyrus) and her friends face the pressures of high school romance and friendship while dodging their sometimes bossy and confused parents. If you enjoyed ‘The DUFF’, you will probably enjoy this teenage melodrama starring Miley Cyrus. The cast also includes Demi Moore, Thomas Jane, Gina Gershon, and Jay Hernandez.
‘Easy A’ is an interesting tribute to John Hughes (creator of ‘The Breakfast Club’). It’s a modern high school tale about Olive, a lonely girl lying about losing her virginity with her best friend, but soon that rumor spreads and she is called a whore. Initially mortified, Olive walks through school wearing an ‘A’ on her clothes, a reference to the famous novel ‘Scarlett Letter’. This is a very easy movie to love. Due to its ironic and recognizable comedy and great performances, ‘Easy A’ quickly became a classic in a teen comedy. Plus, it has a vibrant script and an incredible soundtrack.