Movies like The Duff: 5 rom-coms that will scratch the same itch
Looking for a high school rom-com to fill the dark, lonely void The Duff left?
Remember back to what it was that you loved about The Duff. Was it Mae Whitman's strong female lead, the lessons about loving yourself? Or was it simply the high school dramedy that did it for you?
These five movies offer all that and more and make for the perfect stepping stone once you've Duffed one too many times.
The Edge of Seventeen
The Edge of Seventeen might seem like just another coming-of-age story, but it's much more than that. Hailee Steinfeld is in fine form as Nadine Franklin, a young, awkward high-schooler who loses her best friend after the friend and her brother hook up. Despite this and a truck-load of self-loathing, Nadine's history teacher (Woody Harrelson) manages to connect with Nadine by cutting through the drama with his brutal honesty and humour.
If it's a good old-fashioned bildungsroman you're after, Edge of Seventeen is one of the best you'll find.
She's the Man
This is such an obvious choice when you're thinking about movies to watch after The Almighty Duff. She's The Man was essentially the go-to high school rom-com for years thanks to its regal lead Amanda Bynes and her love interest, a young Channing Tatum. Bynesy and Taters are brought together when the former poses as a boy to make it onto the school's soccer team. Yeah, it's basically Mulan as a high school dramedy.
This timeless gem is available to stream on Stan.
She's All That
While She's All That may not have aged too well (but the same can be said for almost all 90s rom-coms), it's still fun to revisit after all these years, especially considering how much it's been lampooned in the past.
She's All That's supremely sexist story of a high-school jock turning a spectacled nerd into a grade-A hottie (spoiler: removing her glasses is about 95% of the "makeover") is perfect for a so-bad-it's-good viewing with more 90s cringe than you can handle.
It's so damn 90s, Usher is the school PA announcer. And of course, his unparalleled talent isn't wasted on daily announcements – Ush gets to lead a choreographed prom dance to Fatboy Slim's Rockafeller Skank (funk soul brother). It's so good it hurts.
She's All That is available to stream on Stan.
Emma Stone shot to fame after her supporting role in the Apatow comedy Superbad and returned in supporting roles for a handful of comedies before taking on the leading role in the teenage comedy Easy A.
Stone's Olive becomes a label magnet when she embraces a white lie and becomes the high-school floozy. Seeing an opportunity in her new identity, Olive charges her downtrodden classmates in school to say she has slept with them.
Easy A offers all the high-school gossip and drama that The Duff does, in addition to a few solid laughs thanks to Stone's effortless comedy chops and a strong supporting cast with the likes of Amanda Bynes and Lisa Kudrow.
Perks of Being a Wallflower
Perks may be light on the comedy (though there are a few laugh-out-loud moments), but what it brings to the table is one of the most real and touching coming-of-age stories on both paper and screen.
Perks of Being a Wallflower follows the story of Charlie, a shy young freshman who makes friends with two eccentric seniors, developing a strong bond, but he has to come to terms with the idea that he'll be alone again once they graduate.
Not only is this a tops drama about finding your identity, but it also stars Mae Whitman in a fantastic supporting role