What Makes 'The DUFF' This Generation's 'Mean Girls'

February 27, 2015 7:50 PM

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What Makes 'The DUFF' This Generation's 'Mean Girls'

What makes a good teen movie? Tina Fey? The 2004 version of Lindsay Lohan? Glen Coco? "Mean Girls" has become the definitive high school comedy and "The DUFF" may be the classic for the next generation.

"The DUFF" hits all of the teen movie requirements: there's the vaguely sociopathic popular girl, the trying-on-lots-of-outfits scene and, as Vulture writer Bilge Ebiri notes, "the boy our heroine likes, who eventually turns out to be Mr. Wrong." But the movie moves beyond the genre's checklist and ...

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