The DUFF ★★★★

It doesn't quite transcend the cliches and trappings of the genre completely, but it offers a funny, intelligent look at the world of high school seen through the eyes of strong, well-developed characters. Mae Whitman's Bianca is one of the most inherently likeable big-screen teens of recent years, a complex and wryly funny character who carries the film marvellously. Great, also, to see Allison Janney supporting - she's always good value - and a frenetic, unusual editing style that goes beyond Hollywood's cinema's latest warhorse, iPhone texts displayed directly on screen.

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