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14 Teen Movies Like "The Duff" Everyone Should Watch

Rahul is a movie addict who can never get enough of good films. His all time favorites are Inception, 12 Angry Men, and Scarface.


DUFF – Designated Ugly Fat Friend.

Take a look around your friend circle. Are they all good looking? Then you might as well be the "Duff" of the group. While it might sound offensive and cruel when spelled out, it just means that you are not as hot and sexually desirable as your other friends.

When Bianca (Mae Whiteman) realizes that all her life she has been nothing more than a Duff, she desperately tries to change herself. Realizing that she can’t do it alone, Bianca seeks the help of her hot neighbor, Wesley. Through her difficult and humiliating transformation, she beings to realize that artificial change is not better at all. Being a Duff is cool.

Most comedies these days try to be funny, and they even succeed at it. The focus is always on making audiences laugh. Rarely does a film like The Duff comes around as a film that's not only effortlessly funny but manages to convey a profound, heart-touching message as well. It's hilarious and profound at the same time.

If you are looking for similar teen films, then you've landed on the right spot. It’s not easy to point out only a handful of movies, especially when you’ve got hundreds of comedies popping left and right everywhere. Fret not. I have searched for the best. Without any further ado, let’s start with our list:

Movies Similar to The Duff

  1. Mean Girls
  2. That Awkward Moment
  3. 10 Things I Hate About You
  4. Easy A
  5. Blended
  6. Can't Buy Me Love
  7. Can't Hardly Wait
  8. Focus
  9. Get Hard
  10. Bring It On
  11. The Other Woman
  12. Two Night Stand
  13. The Last Song
  14. Lol

When a teen girl moved to Illinois after living in Africa, she tries to get used to her new life and college. A clique of girls at her school make life difficult for her, using gossip to spread rumors around.

The story sounds cliche. One might even point out that it’s too similar to Heathers, but Mean Girls is a better movie. A smart and creative script ensures that it’s pretty relatable to not only teens but people of other groups as well. Even if you’re over 21, give this movie a shot. A short, but entertaining movie.


One of the Best Romantic Comedies

That Awkward Moment is a romantic comedy about three friends living in New York City. While Daniel and Jason are singles with a lot of girlfriends, Mikey struggles to deal with his married life, which is almost on the brink of divorce. All three guys promise each other they’ll remain single for the rest of their lives.

Soon though, they begin getting closer to the girls in their lives. Mikey vows to revive is marriage, Jason begins to get closer to a new girl he meets, and Daniel begins to see his (female) best friend more often. Can these three keep their promise?

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If you’re a 20-something, you should definitely see this movie. It perfectly portrays the real life dating situations we come across in our daily lives.


The plot revolves around a kid who happens to fall for the younger sister of the meanest girl in the school. To be able to date her, he must find a good hook up for the elder one. The plot might sound a tad confusing at first, but it's a cleverly written story with an amazing cast, making for a heart-warming movie.

While it’s not entirely representative of American culture, it’s still pretty relatable. The comedy is built around a plot with original jokes and nice touches, making it come alive.


Easy A tells a story of a college girl Olive (Emma Stone), who spreads rumors that she is a slut by lying to her best friend. Soon, everyone begins believing it. Initially terrified and nervous, she learns to use it to her advantage, but it’s not too long before she finds herself in a whole lot of trouble.

A clever plot, some good wordplay, and a variety of clever performances makes this a must-see for anyone over 16 years of age. Emma Stone, as always, is incredible with her mesmerizing performance. Her loud singing in the bathroom is hilarious to see.

Easy A might sound a cliché romantic comedy, but the way it manages to differentiate itself from other movies of the same genre, makes it one of the best teen romantic comedies around.


A Movie About a Blind Date

Two people meet online, leading to a blind date that doesn’t go quite as expected. When they find themselves stuck at a resort, they begin to see things in a different light. Will their initial hatred turn into love? Will they grow to like each other?

This is as much as I can tell you about the plot. Their simple relationship turns into something more intricate and beautiful by the end, which is the selling point of this movie. I found the acting to be pretty amazing, including the kids, who were hilarious at times.


The plot revolves around Ronald, a typical, hopeless nerd who only hangs out with his own kind. When he falls in love with a senor cheerldear and realizes she is off-limits, he embarks upon a journey to revamp himself. The consequences are disastrous. Will he be able to straighten out his priorities of love, friendship, and other matters? Will he trade it all in?

It might be an old movie, but it still perfectly portrays the reality of high schools caste system. The invincible social class that everyone wants to be a part of is only accessible to a very few kids—the rich and popular ones. Can’t Buy Me Love is still amazing after all these years.


Seth Green stars as a white boy who would rather be black, which is kind of a ridiculous but interesting premise. This movie could easily have been one of the all-time best had there been none of the stereotypes that appear in every other romantic comedy. At times, the movie loses its pace and rhythm and turns into a cliché.

From the stereotypical nerdy guys to the usual bimbos, this movie has all the incidents that every other teen romantic comedy has. If you can ignore these little quirks, you are in for a big surprise. It’s not the greatest move ever made, but it’s still worth watching.


When two borderline sociopath criminals, Nicky and Jess, meet each other, they embark upon a new road to fraud, falling in love with each other on the way. Things do not work out as expected and Jess decides to leave. Nicky, however, tracks her down and tries to win her affection back to get her back in the business.

Don’t try to dissect the film; don’t try to make much sense of it. You’ll be disappointed. On the other hand, if you enjoy hustle movies and just want to be entertained, Focus should be your best bet. The never-ending humor and non-stop action offers something new that few movies of this genre follow.

Multiple twists might be a turn-off for those who were looking for something deeper and different, but you’d enjoy it nonetheless. The way things unravel one after another at the end will leave you laughing. Overall, Focus is a well-acted and smartly written movie that deserves to be seen by everyone. Don’t get distracted by bad reviews. Those people are just looking for gold. They don’t know how to appreciate good sliver.


I happen to love dumb comedies. To be honest, this is what I was expecting with Get Hard. There was none of that in the movie, though. This movie exceeded my expectations in every way with its stupid, yet funny humor.

It’s about two guys with different backgrounds who find themselves genuinely caring for each other. Darnell (Kevin Hart) has his own business, but due to his bad credit and lack of management skills, he has found himself in rough shape. James (Will Farrell), on the other hand, has everything once could ask for: a beautiful fiancée, truckloads of money, and an amazing house.

When he gets framed for embezzlement, he loses everything he had. Sentenced to 10 years, he finds Darnell, who agrees to become his tutor, and the bromance ensues. If not for anything else, just watch this movie for how vulnerable ad amazing those two are.


When a high school cheerleading squad discovers that some other group has stolen their routine, they find themselves in a precarious situation. Since giving up is not an option, they decide to take a totally different path with unknown consequences and compete for this year’s championship with something new. With success on their minds, they begin on a journey to self-empowerment. Will they succeed?

Overall, Bring it On, is a pretty simple and satisfying movie. If you are looking for a simple yet hilarious movie, it should be right up your alley.


The plot revolves around Carly, who’s in love with a guy. All goes awry when she finds out that he is already married. After meeting his wife, the two women find out about another love affair of his. Then all three team up to take revenge on the cheater.

Some cynics might even argue that it’s just a rehash of John Tucker Must Die. To be candid, some ideas are borrowed from that movie. It, however, brings enough originality to the table. Nothing feels repetitive or overdone.

Instead of the typical romance takeovers, which almost always happens with these kinds of movies, the movie just focuses on the bond of these three women and their stories. The characters are lovely. The plot is smartly written and the dry humor is sustained throughout the movie. What’s not to like about it?

With these sort of movies, there is always a possibility that you might end up disliking it. But if you loved The Duff, I’m sure you’d find it intriguing.


When two online strangers meet each other after chatting for a while, they find themselves stuck with each other after a one-night stand. So she stays for another evening, discussing each other’s past relationships and critiquing each other’s sexual experiences.

Amazing performances by Miles Teller and Annaleigh Tipton are what keeps this movie alive. Anyone looking for a romantic comedy should see Two Night Stand.


A Tear Jerker

The plot revolves around a rebellious young girl who is sent to a Southern town to stay with her father. Things take a different turn when their mutual love for music brings them closer to each other.

The only reason why you see a low user rating for this movie is because of Miley Cyrus. She has given it everything here, but people won’t give her a chance. How could someone rate it so low?.

I understand that this is not one of the best movies ever made, but it at least deserves 7 out of 10. She isn’t that bad here. Some weird facial expressions every once in a while, but that’s it.


LoL is the story of a young school girl who finds herself shattered to pieces after breaking up with her boyfriend. Things quickly take a different turn when Kyle, an upcoming musician, tells her how he feels about her.

I normally neither recommend nor watch these kinds of movies. I would have missed it if it wasn’t for my friend. One could criticize this movie for being all about Facebooking, texting, and using the Internet. But LoL successfully manages to point out what exactly is wrong with our technology-oriented society. The Internet can be a double-edged sword. One couldn’t convey this message any better than this movie does.

Just don’t be too harsh about the plot holes.


Rahul Pandey (author) from Delhi, India on January 12, 2020:

I'm glad!

Crystalclear29 on January 01, 2020:

there is some good pick here :)

Patricija on June 28, 2018:

You should totally include "It's a boy girl thing" in this list!

Random Person on April 11, 2017:

This is random, but if you liked pitch perfect, you'll like step-up. Watch it with an open mind. Also, if you watch The Last Song, that author has SO many other movies like that you'll just love! Try watching Safe Haven, by him.

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