Ferris Bueller's Day Off

Ferris Bueller's Day Off

What he said:


Did you know that John Hughes only directed 8 movies? I did not. I may have at one point, but if I did, I forgot that little tidbit. Luckily for us, his resume includes 41 credits as a writer. These two roles have allowed him to account for some of the most memorable movies of the 80s and early 90s.

The thing that stands out about his movies to me is the realism. It didn’t even seem to matter how absurd a situation his characters find themselves in, the guy had a knack for making his characters look, feel, and act very genuine. They could be stuck in the most absurd, unbelievable circumstance, but Hughes had this way of presenting it to you in a way that seemed sincere.

Take Ferris Bueller’s situation for example. Nobody in their right mind would believe this kid is really sick. He’s about as believable as a used car salesman, but then again that’s sort of his charm. When you couple that with some of the things he does on his day off, you have to kind of sit back and laugh about the absurdity of it. But not once while watching it will you think it is stupid, because you’ll be too caught up in it. Even as an adult, the concept of playing hooky brings up relatable memories. Whether you’ll be thinking of something from your youth or simply daydreaming while chained to your desk at work, you’re sure to identify with that aspect of the character.

Ferris (Matthew Broderick) is a crafty, charming, and carefree individual. He likes nothing more than to simply enjoy life. Silly things, such as school, do not prevent him from doing what he wants to do. So when he comes across an extremely nice day, he decides to seize the opportunity the weather has afforded him and to take in the sights around town.

Along for the ride are girlfriend Sloane (Mia Sara), best friend Cameron (Alan Ruck), and Cameron’s father’s 1961 Ferrari; Ferris has to hold himself to a certain standard after all. These three are all fantastic btw.

Also along for the ride is unwelcome guest Edward Rooney, Dean of Students. Rooney (Jeffrey Jones) is obsessed with catching Ferris. He can’t stand him and thinks he can put the cherry on top of his career, by busting this popular student. His only problem though, is that he always seems to be a step behind Ferris.

This movie is funny, but if you pay attention to the dialogue, there is a lot more going on here. This is what I meant when I said Hughes’ characters are genuine. He makes these magical little moments that make you sit back and contemplate what it was like to be in that situation, and almost feel like you’re there too. 

Many of you have probably already seen this movie, but I’m betting it’s been a while since you gave it a view. Trust me, it’s worth watching again. It’s a classic.

Rating: Thumbs up.

This movie review was written for your reading pleasure on September 26, 2011.