“ Genre: Comedy / Theatrical Release: 1986 / Actors: Jason Robert Alderman, Louie Anderson ... / DVD released 19 October, 1999 at Paramount / Features of the DVD: Anamorphic, Closed-captioned, Colour, Dolby, DVD-Video, Widescreen, NTSC „
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I think most of us are aware of someone in school with us who was like Ferris Bueller - got away with everything but was liked by everyone. Matthew Broderick plays the cheeky and charming teenager looking to take a day off school on a fine Spring day, spending it with his girlfriend and best friend. All he has to do is con his parents, sister and principal - no easy task for anyone. But Bueller is not just anyone.... The film has an iconic status - it made Broderick and led to so many adult film roles for him, while Alan Ruck's performance as best friend Cameron is equally as impressive. The pair of them work marvellously together on screen, as Bueller calls his best friend who is already taking a day off sick, and they borrow Cameron's dad's car to explore downtown Chicago and make a fun day of it. The clever bits are where we get involved as viewers. John Hughes was great at making you really want to get involved in his films, finding elements where we empathise with the characters, and here Bueller does what's known as breaking through the fourth wall, where the character is completely immersed in the film but occasionally turns to the camera and talks to us, giving us an explanation or confiding in us with a secret. No matter how many times I've seen the film, it still feels as if he's talking to me every time he does this - it's a combination of great direction and great acting. The cultural awareness and influence surrounding the film is also very strong and notable. In an era where the brat pack and cheesy films of the 80s were all the rage, this joined in and stepped it up a notch, refusing to conform and cast the known group, but instead going with some great character actors for the roles. Broderick paid tribute to the deceased Hughes at the 2010 Oscars, stating that people still regularly call him Ferris ask him if it's his day off. The droning voice of the schoolteacher played by Ben Stein is still lauded for its comic genius and stereotype of a teacher going through the motions (it wasn't even originally supposed to be in the film). Even the First Lady at the time, Barbara Bush, quoted Ferris Bueller in a speech she made, much to the amusement and applause of the crowd. School kids were in awe of the audacity of Ferris to set up a dummy in his room, rigged with rope and attached to a sound machine to simulate his illness, complete with automatic answering the door bell, bringing Cameron in to pretend to be girlfriend Sloane's father stating there's been a bereavement and she needs to come out of school straight away. His parents are completely conned, but despite the genius and awe owed to this part of the film, perhaps the most entertaining is how far the school principal, played by Jeffrey Jones, is willing to go to in order to prove that Ferris is faking it and needs to be taught a lesson. It winds up being hilarious, with him taking a trip to the house and all manner of things akin to Home Alone taking place once he gets there. His sheer determination is off set by the incongruous nature of the school secretary, with a few silent scenes where her ditziness shines through, clever little inserts from Hughes such as her finding pencils embedded in her hair and frustrating principal Rooney. On Rooney's side in terms of not believing Ferris is the boy's sister Jeanie, played by Jennifer Grey, arguably a role that gave her the shot as Baby in Dirty Dancing. Her sibling disbelief is something that most siblings will attest to, but her love for her brother also reluctantly shines through. And this is something that is clear - above everything else, Ferris is still just a high school boy having fun. When you're a teenager, all you want to do is go and do everything you can imagine is fun, just throw off the shackles and disregard the reasons and restrictions preventing you from doing so. This is exactly what Ferris does - he just goes and enjoys the city, from driving around in an extremely rare car and getting involved in a street carnival, to watching a baseball game at Wrigley Field and going to the top of the Sears Tower. Hughes makes sure to promote Chicago from start to finish in the film, and it pays off. Synonymous with the film is not just the characterisation and the occasional style or phrase - it's also the music. Yello's Oh Yeah is probably the song most linked with this film, but the inclusion of the Beatles' Twist and Shout and recognisable songs such as Danke Schoen and the occasional Star Wars snippet are most welcome. The music is all carefully thought out and processed to turn ordinary scenes into great ones, and the whole ensemble is expertly done from start to finish. Curiously, a soundtrack for the film was never released. Overall, this is a wonderful film for any of us to watch in order to relive your teenage years and wishes. Remember all those days you wanted to bunk off and go and do something fun with your best mate and girlfriend of boyfriend - this is exactly what Mr Bueller does, and each time I watch it I spot something new and it makes me smile. Fantastic film.
The late John Hughes was a master director who quite literally rocked the eighties! Responsible for a whole series of highly successful comedies that included Planes, Trains And Automobiles, Home Alone and Uncle Buck amongst many others, at times it felt as though every thing he touched turned to classic eighties movie gold!! Ferris Bueller's Day Off remains one of my favourites to this day. In fact, it is one of my favourite movies of all time!! Ferris (Matthew Broderick in the movie that literally made him famous) is your typical popular high school student but one who has an aversion to going to school. On this paticular day, he has feigned a fever and managed to hoodwink his parents much to the chagrin of his sister, played by Jennifer "Dirty Dancing" Grey. His high school Principal, played by Jeffrey Jones in one of his finest roles ever, is likewise less than impressed and sets out to catch Ferris and make an example of him to all the other students. And so begins a day off like no other anyone will ever experience which sees Ferris and his two best friends "borrowing" a fast sports car, swindling their way into a posh restaurant, visiting an art gallery and taking part in a carnival parade to the strains of The Beatles' "Twist And Shout!" And all the while managing not to get caught..... This film is just pure comedy gold with so many classic moments that to mention them all here would not just ruin your enjoyment but also leave me with a review that would take you as long to read as it would to watch the movie! Highlights for me include Charlie Sheen's late cameo in what would become a highly prophetic role, a scene in which Principal Rooney and Ferris' sister surprise each other whilst trying to catch Bueller out and every moment that the High school secretary, Grace, appears on screen but most memorably at the beginning when she seems to pull an extraordinary number of pens from out of her hair! This film, despite thoughts on Amazon, has not aged a bit and sums up every thing that was good about eighties' movies! This is a clasic snap-shot of the eighties and not just one of John Hughes' finest films but one of the finest films of all time. It is hard to find any criticism of this film at all and if there are any flaws or plot-holes then they are very easily forgotten and you sit back and enjoy the film for what it is! Broderick's asides to the camera often seem quirky and eccentric but never out of place and even though it IS a comedy, because it is written by John Hughes it also has its own fair share of poignancy and sentiment and a deeper, underlying message that the film cleverly gets across! Like Ferris says...."Life moves fast; sometimes you have to stop for a while and take a look around or else you might miss something!" And if you miss this, trust me ~ you are missing a real eighties treat!
The sausage king of Chicago wreaks havoc on a timely and much deserved day off from school. This film has to go down as one of my all time favourites. Directed by 80's legend of high school films, John Hughes, and starring MAtthew Broderick this film is about a cock sure youngster, taking the day off, avoiding his high school principle and his parents and persuading his best friend cameron to take his dads much cherished and loved ferrari on a spin through the city. This film alone will make you want to goto Chicago and relive the day that Ferris has - from going to baseball games, visiting museums and dining in some of Chicagos finest restaurants. Its a must see film for everyone with great music (the twist and shout scene goes down as legendary) and fabulous humour for all the family this dvd needs to be in evryones collection
This is a great comedy I thought when I watched it that everyone should watch as it's really every teenagers dream and every parent's nightmare. This famous teen comedy from 1986 shows the film's hero played by Matthew Broderick do all the things in one day that most of us wouldn't have the nerve or audacity to do in a lifetime. Ferris is played by a young looking Matthew Broderick, and wakes up one morning as I'm sure most of us have at some point, and thought that life is moving too fast and if you don't take a moment to stop and look around then you could miss it. Therefore, he decides to take the day off and skip school. He aims to make the day count for something rather than lazing about on the sofa. He recruits the help of his best friend Cameron played by Alan Ruck and together they 'borrow' Cameron's father's Ferrari and let their adventure begin. The day takes them to a game at Chicago's Wrigley Field and samming their way on to the guest list at a high-class restaurant amongst other things. You feel like the adults in the movie are just bystanders watching on and don't really understand what's happening. The real stars fo the show are the two teenagers as they get into hilarious situations throughout the day. Matthew Broderick is fantastic as the lead role and his supporting actor playing Cameron was great too and was actually 30 years old playing a teenage role. This is a movie that you should definately see at least once as it's extremely funny and popular.
Ferris Buller's Day Off is one of those iconic Teen movies that everybody should watch at least once. I remember watching it on TV a long time ago and loving it. I'm not sure why it has taken me so long to watch again! The film is made and set in 1986 where a young Ferris Buller (Matthew Broderick) decides once again that it is too nice outside to go to school. And who'd care since he was weeks away from graduating! Ferris convinses his parents that he is too ill for school and they let him stay home to get better, much to the annoyance of his sister Jeanie (Jennifer Grey) and a tutor, Ed Rooney (Jeffrey Jones) who knows Ferris is trying to make him look a fool! Ferris wants to have the perfect day off, a day to remember, and he wants his best friend and his girlfriend to share the day with him. After all, his friend Cameron's (Alan Ruck) dad owns a Ferrari 250 GT California that is just begging to be driven! Fun is sure to follow as Ferris Buller leads a wild goose chase around Chicago as he is persude by Mr.Rooney and Jeanie. His parents are never far away either! Ferris Buller's Day Off is written and Directed by John Huges, the man who brought us classics such as The Breakfast Club, Planes, Trains & Automobiles and Uncle Buck so just by looking at that list you know what to expect with this film! I love the brightness and the amazing energy of Ferris Buller's Day Off. It makes me want to pull a sickie! Haha. Matthew Broderick (The Cable Guy, Inspector Gadget, Lion King) is amazing as Ferris Buller. His boyish charm really shines through and I love the scenes with Ferris and his parents. Jennifer Grey (Dirty Dancing) is also great as Jeanie Buller, Ferris' older sister. I have to say that this is the only other film that I have seen her in other than Dirty Dancing which I find odd as she is a great actress. One of my favourite performances is by Jeffrey Jones who plays the very unlucky Mr. Rooney. He gets so close to catching Ferris but Ferris always manages to get away. You have to feel sorry for him! The rest of the cast is brilliant with great performances all around. Alan Ruck is great as Cameron, I love the wierd voices he keeps using in this film. Ferris Buller's Day Off is definately a feel good film that is a lot of fun! Who wouldn't want to spend a day off like this!? Another great star off the show is the stunning Ferrari. I want it! My favourite thing about Ferris Buller's Day Off has to be the soundtrack. It is so perfectly 80's! I love 80's music which is quite odd as I was only 1 year old when this film was released! Everyone will have seen the iconic parade scene with the Beatles song, Twist & Shout in one form or another. Other great songs on the soundtrack include "Love Missile F1-11" by Sigue Sigue Sputnik, "Oh Yeah" by Yello and a couple of songs by The Dream Academey. At 103 minutes long it is the perfect length for a comedy and there is never a dull moment. As Ferris Buller's Day Off is quite an old film you can pick it up for a few quid at most DVD shops so it is well worth buying to watch whenever school, or work, is getting you down! 8.5/10 C
The latest in my John Hughes viewing, in memory of the late writer/director/producer was Ferris Bueller's Day Off, a teen classic still loved today. Starring Matthew Broderick in the title role, Ferris Bueller was released in 1986. It tells the story of Ferris, a popular high school senior who decides he is going to have a fun filled day off school with his girlfriend and best friend. The story is fun and simple. It starts with Ferris using clever tricks to convince his parents he is sick, which of course all schoolkids love as they wish they coul get away with that. It continues on from there with Ferris always staying one step ahead of those trying to catch him, and is full of fun and silliness. It is lighthearted, and aims to make the viewer smile. Broderick had a suitably youthful face to get away with playing a high school pupil at the age of 24. He gives Ferris an infectious joy and some necessary recklessness, but he always comes across as a good kid. He may be bunking off school, but he's a nice boy really. The supporting cast are also very good, although Mia Sara as Ferris's girlfriend Sloane isn't quite right from a casting point of view. Sloane is meant to be younger than Ferris but the actress looks older than Broderick-although at 19 she was closest in age to her character. I enjoyed Jennifer Grey as Ferris's older sister Jeanie. She is constantly irritated by Ferris getting away with everything and the hero worship he inspires. Grey does a great job of portraying a stroppy teenager, and ends up rebelling by snogging Charlie Sheen in an excellent small part as an amusing and insightful drug addict. Ferris's best friend Cameron is played by Alan Ruck. At 30 he was a little old to be playing a 17 year old, but he is good. What i loved most about his performance though was his false voices. Ferris keeps enlisting Cameron's help in his plans, to make phone calls and put on a silly grown up voice. These scenes are hilarious, especially when Cameron keeps saying the wrong thing. One of the most memorable scenes is when the gang visit Chicago. Having just blagged a fancy lunch, they head off to a parade, where Ferris hijacks a float and mimes to Twist and Shout, which doesn't fit with the theme of the parade but soon has everyone dancing in the streets. We even see his dad, oblivious to his sons antics, dancing in his office. This scene is fun and lighthearted, and a little cheesy, but it is uplifting. There is a pleasant 80s feel to the film, but it's not overly obvious, like with some John Hughes movies (that's not a criticism of the other movies!). In actual fact I think that Ferris Bueller looks more like a movie from the later 80s or early 90s, than the mid-80s film it is. The fashions are not painfully 80s, and although the technology we see is obviously from the 80s, it is not prominent so doesn't date the film. This is one reason why Ferris Bueller can still speak to kids today, because it hasn't dated. The story could be now, and the time it was made is not galringly obvious in the film. Overall, Ferris Bueller's Day Off is a feel good film. It's fun, it's silly and it makes you smile. It's one of these films that i imagine everyone has seen, but if you haven't, you really should!
note: also appears in part on Flixster and The Student Room Ferris Bueller's Day Off is one of the very best teen comedies of the 1980s thanks to John Hughes' usual infusion of social realism and pungent life lessons. This is a great film with a charismatic star performance from Matthew Broderick in the titular role, as well as adequate support from the gorgeous Mia Sara and Alan Ruck. The film opens as Bueller attempts to skip school, so hatches an elaborate plan to trick his parents, and then ditches. From here, he convinces his girlfriend Sloane (Mia Sara) and best friend Cameron (Alan Ruck) to go with him to Chicago on one last outing before they all head to college and go their separate ways. Ferris is extremely charming and persuasive, and manages to convince Cameron to let them borrow his dad's car, sending them on a bunch of crazy and zany adventures where they learn a bit about each other, life in general, and themselves. However, there are a few flies in the ointment - Ferris' sister Jeanie (Jennifer Grey), who hates that he's able to get away with everything whilst she would be severely chided by their parents if she did the same thing. The other problem for Ferris is the Dean of Students, Edward Rooney (Jeffrey Jones), who attempts to be Ferris' foil so many times but generally just falls short, in a rather hilarious set of circumstances. Bueler is always one step ahead, and even when things seem to be going wrong for him, he keeps his cool and manages to wriggle free. He is a slippery one, that's for sure. Another great teen comedy from Hughes that still resonates over 20 years later. Broderick is fantastic as the charismatic lead, and his supporting cast are likewise impressive. A superb soundtrack too.
What a film. How does John Hughes manage to write such classic films (writer of planes, trains and automobiles, Uncle Buck etc). Legend has it that this was written in a measly six days though it would take a braver man than me to suggest how good it would have been if he had spent a week! The film itself follows a more popular than god like figure in Ferris Bueller (Matthew Broderick) who decides that the day is much too nice to go to school so decides to have the 'day off'. His parents whom thinks the sun shines out of his backside are conned into the illness story though his sister (Jenifer Grey of Dirty Dancing Fame) see's right through this. I must admit when I read the story on the back of the DVD it didnt slap warning signs of 'classic' in my head but watching the film it shows all the true crudentials of a John Hughes classic; plenty of laugh out loud gags, visual humour, fabulous camera shots (car out the window) as well as his innnate ability to have wonderful characters; not just the main guys but the less obvious ones too (as further discussed in 'extra's). One of the more complex characters is his best friend 'Cameron' who has a depressed lifestyle and is very scared of consequences and other things that aren't planned (not so good hanging around with Ferris then! As the film goes on you begin to feel for Cameron as well as the evident care from Ferris. Another key person to the plot is his girlfriend Sloane who completes the trio. Ferris and Cameron do their upmost to get her to have the day off too which results in an adventure around Chicago. The only thing that could go wrong is in the hands of, his sister primarily, and his Head Teacher who smells a rat and goes to extreme lengths to catch Ferris out. I wont spoil what happens for those who have yet to see this movie. All you need to know is it is funny, one of the comedy classics of the 1980s and can be picked up for small change in most stores, either online or offline. Obviously its not everyday you get to be out of school so the three of them do as much as insanely possible in their hours of freedom which include 'borrowing' Cameron's dads Ferrari, rated as more important than his own wife. A dinner at a posh restaurant, which is funnier than first sounds as well as the unforgettable moment with the parade that cuts through the middle of Chicago. There are many memorable characters aside from the key trio, the film shows how many others are affected by Ferris decision to have a day off; his teachers, family, school mates, as well as the parking valet man who 'looks after' the ferrari whilst they cruise around Chicago on foot. I would highly recommend, if the price is right, to but the Buller Buller edition which has a fantastic selection of extras. I have found this version to be extremely price friendly and is well worth parting with the cash to secure the special edition. Extras: - There are two main extra features that I really enjoyed. The first being; 'getting the class together' documenting the original cast members discussing so much of the movie. It really does make you want to watch it all over again. It is interesting to see how the cast have grown old and their recollections of what the film meant to them. There are stories of how they auditioned, how they felt it went, their relationship with John Hughes. It also shows some of the lesser characters such as the teacher who reveals how his part came about and how his fame grew from the movie. This is a decent length extra too, not just a quick 5 minute rushed together thing like you can find on many DVD's. Similarly, 'The Making of Ferris Bueller's Day Off' is equally enjoyable. A true behind the scenes look at everything. Showing John Hughes in action, dialogue from the stars on how they were asked to film it. How they got the Ferrari etc. lots of original footage from the film, i.e. through the lens of a camera filming the production as opposed to the actual film. There are six extras in total, others include the 'World according to Ben Stein' (the teacher) which is highly amusing as well as lots of interviews of the cast, ironically, by the cast! Matthew Broderick dons his interviewer skills, which is also highly amusing. Overall, I cant rate this DVD highly enough, it is almost a complete package. and to cap it all off, you learn something everyday; who would have thought John Hughes would look like Paul LeRoy from That Peter Kay thing!! This is an updated review from my own as dtait07 on ciao
**This review is also on Ciao, under my username "MonsoonBaby88"** "Bueller...Bueller?" The above quotation is one of the most memorable lines of the classic '80s film "Ferris Bueller's Day Off." John Hughes, director of other classic 80s films such as The Breakfast Club, Sixteen Candles and Pretty In Pink directs this amusing tale of the most popular kid in school's day off. Audiences familiar with those other Hughes films I have listed should expect to see more light-hearted humour tinged with tender moments and sorrow between the characters. When Ferris Bueller (Matthew Broderick) decides to bunk a day off school, everyone knows about it. Intrusting his best friend Cameron (Alan Ruck) and girlfriend Sloane (Mia Sara) into the proceedings, the trio embark on a fun-filled day across downtown Chicago, whilst avoiding Ferris' sister Jeanie (Jennifer Grey) and strict Principal Ed Rooney (Jeffrey Jones). During this day, they enjoy such outings as a trip to a baseball game, dining at a fancy restaurant and visiting an art gallery whilst all the while cruising around in Cameron's Fathers' precious sports car, something that Cameron has been strictly forbidden to touch, let alone drive. Unbeknown to them, the whole school have caught on to Ferris' sickness claim, believing it to be true and desperately trying to "Save Ferris" as all the while he is driving around Chicago. Throughout the course of the film, school Principal Ed Rooney sets out to expose Ferris as bunking rather than actually being sick. Here we are treated to scene upon scene of the Principal's intentions failing horribly, with some slapstick humour thrown in for good measure. Without any spoilers, the film ends with a memorable incident involving Cameron's Fathers' Ferrari. Ferris Bueller's Day Off is an excellent light-hearted comedy with the typical '80s cheese added in. John Hughes once again manages to show both the humour and craziness of this particular day in Ferris' life, alongside the more serious aspects, such as the pain that Ferris' best friend Cameron has been hiding for most of his life. It successfully manages to show teenage angst through these moments. The audience are supposed to feel quite involved in this film, and this is done by the use of the scenes in which Ferris speaks to the camera. In these scenes, Ferris often tells the audience his thoughts, or school survival tips. This also further builds Ferris' character up as a more loveable, if not a little cocky, teenager. At 102 minutes, it does not feel too long, or too short. Ferris Bueller's Day Off is a lovable film that can be watched time and time again without it getting boring. If you are in the mood for a comedy, I strongly recommend you check out this sometime.
This is a feel good comedy with some very memorable moments that will have smiling for days. The story resolves around Ferris (played by Mathew Broderick) a school kid who wakes up one day and doesn't fancy going to school. To avoid going he convinces his parents that he has an illness and once they have gone to work he sets about having a great adventure in the city. Ferris mantra is that "life moves pretty fast if you do not stop to look around every once and a while you could miss it". He certainly manages to look around as he manages to get to a museum, a baseball game, a parade and more. Better than a day at school anyway. Broderick's performance as a cocky teenager is admirable but the real star of the show is the Ferrari. The first time I saw this movie I remember thinking I would like one of those and I am still trying to scrape together enough money to get one. This film does look a bit dated by 2009 standards as it was inspired by the MTV generation but it still is a good watch with a strong soundtrack that will have you humming.
Starring: Matthew Broderick Alan Ruck Mia Sara Jeffrey Jones Jennifer Grey Edie McClurg Directed and written by: John Hughes Release date: 11th June 1986 Running time: 102 mins Ferris Bueller (Matthew Broderick) is the most popular kid in school... only he's not in school. Ferris has decided to take today off, and he's determined to make it the best day ever. How on earth did i get this far into my dooyoo career without writing a review for one of my favorite films of all time? I guess i was too busy, out enjoying life. As Ferris would say... "Life moves pretty fast, if you're not careful you could miss it." As far as 80's teen movies goes, John Hughes was king. And in Ferris Bueller, he found a character that could convey that cock of the walk status on screen. So far reaching is Ferris influence that even when he's not in school, he's still the most talked about thing there (thanks to his penchant for faking illness... more on that later), much to the ire of his resentful sister Jeanie (Jennifer Grey) Via means of a classic Ferrari, Ferris drags his best friend Cameron (Alan Ruck) and his girlfriend Sloan (Mia Sara) along for the ride. Cameron is an uptight hypochondriac and Sloan seems happy to be swept along in Ferris' wake. Doggedly on his tale, yet at the same time miles away is Dean of Students Ed Rooney (Jeffrey Jones). Ferris Bueller's day off is the ultimate wish fulfillment film, chronicling just what a free spirit can do and the influence we could all have on each other. On the surface, Ferris' actions seem to be selfish and immature, but in fact the opposite is true. Ferris empowers people to be the best they can be whether it's kids collecting for the Save Ferris fund (one of the films funniest background jokes) or Cameron. Ah yes, Cameron. We've all had a friend like Cameron. Great person, they just need to unclench a bit. Cameron seems utterly dependent on Ferris until one beautiful moment when you realise that everything that Ferris does that day is for Cameron's benefit. And that's what Ferris Bueller's Day off is all about. Rather than getting wrapped up in everything that this world does to distract us, Ferris teaches us to make the most of what we have around us, including the people in our lives. In contrast, we see Rooneys single minded devotion to his work, that costs him a whole day that could have been better spent. Same goes for Jeanie. The car, the parade, the baseball, this film is full of memorable moments and priceless wisdom, all wrapped up in a neat package of 80's nostalgia. I could really go on forever about this film, but the best thing i can do is recommend that you see it yourself, and let the film talk for itself. Quintessential 80's viewing. If you like it, great. If not, you probably want to go back to work now.
This is what I would class as a modern classic. I watched this as a young teenager and I was completely taken with it. The basic story is about a high school senior in his final year who decides to skive the day from school with his extremely uptight friend Cameron and his girlfriend. He is a spoiled rich kid but with a heart of gold underneath. Ferris seems to be the most popular guy in School and has every body wrapped around his little finger. He has some mean enemies along the way which include his high school principal who spends the entire film trying to catch him out. He also has a sister with a major attitude problem and she generally hates the world especially her brother. Cameron, Ferris's best friend has allot of issues with self confidence and Ferris convinces him to come on a day out. Cameron's dad has a vintage Ferrari in the garage that has done a minimal amount of miles it's something really low like 127 miles. Nice car! Ferris convinces him to let him take it out for the day in fact he doesn't really convince him he more just sits in it and takes it while Cameron is watching very funny. They bust Ferris's girlfriend out of school which is interesting but I won't spoil this bit. The rest of the day is spent in town taking in all the sites including a baseball game, the stock exchange, a top class restaurant and Ferris even takes part as a lead singer on a big parade. Throughout the day his sister and principle are hot on his trail trying to catch him out. Even his parents become suspicious of their blue eyed boy who can do no wrong. He has some very ingenious gadgets to cover his tracks with a dummy in his bed that moves when the door opens with his hi fi playing to the sounds of snoring. He even has a voice message pre recorded for answering the door. He makes me look like an amateur. All I could come up with was sniffing pepper to make me sneeze to fake the cold when I was at high school. Primitive but effective although the pain in your nose probably wasn't worth it. The film heads towards the end with Cameron having a breakdown, his principal and sister getting closer and closer to catching him to the conclusion of does he make it and wait till you see what happens to the Ferrari. Ferris is a highly likeable character and does allot of the things that we only dreamed off as teenagers. He always seems to land on his feet. Watch out for the history teacher and the school secretary both brilliant with their small parts. This is a highly entertaining film and it takes me back to my own teenage days when I first discovered this film. Can be very cheesy in places but I think it has to be.
It is the mid-eighties, and in a wealthy suburb of Chicago, high school senior Ferris Bueller decides he wants to squeeze out one last day off school, knowing that if he gets caught he will not be allowed to graduate. Ferris is not just any regular high school student. He is a clever, self-confident young man who has managed to achieve that most elusive of status - that of pan-popularity, being truly liked by every faction of his high school crowd - and who also has the ability to generally find a way to get what he wants. He successfully dupes his parents into believing he is ill in order to stay at home, much to the frustration of his sister Jeanie who sees through his act. Once home alone, he gets his best friend Cameron to snap out of his prostrated state of miserable hypocondria and join him in his plan to skip school and spend the day in downtown Chicago. Cameron helps him to fend off the suspicions of Mr. Rooney, the school's Dean of students, who knows Ferris' history of playing the system and is determined not to let him get away with it any more. Ferris manages to convince Cameron to let him take his father's pride and joy, the 1961 Ferrari 250 GT California, out of its glass garage and on their outing. The two of them drive to school to pick up Ferris's girlfriend Sloane, as pre-arranged, and they set off for a day of fun and adventure. Resourseful as ever and aware of the Dean's mistrust towards him, Ferris has taken precautions and put in place several strategies to elude him in case he tries to probe into his absence from school... but what he doesn't know is just how determined the Dean is to catch him out, and that his own sister is bent on putting an end to his run of luck. - - - - The film is an 80s classic, and is also considered one of the best teen movies of all-time. When I first saw it I was 8 years old. I thought back then that it was one of the most entertaining films I had ever seen, and over a decade later, when I saw it for the second time, I had to uphold my original opinion: It is one the most entertaining films I have ever seen. Almost 23 years after its release, the film has not dated: what was funny then is still funny now, what was ridiculous remains the same, and so on and so forth. Matthew Broderick gives a stellar performance as golden-boy Ferris, who seemingly can do no wrong. He does manage to make it believeable that Ferris could pull all that stuff off and also makes this know-it-all character likeable and endearing. Alan Ruck is excellent as repressed and depressed rich boy Cameron, who gets dragged along in his best friend's wild schemes despite his reluctance. Mia Sara is also good. She doesn't have all that many lines comparatively to Broderick or Ruck, and her role is mainly as Ferris's arm-candy, yet her Sloane has a distinct presence, and a strength and irreverence that match Ferris's charisma and audacity. Jeffrey Jones is outstanding as Dean Edward R. Rooney, inexorable in his pursuit of the wayward student. And what to say about Jennifer Grey? She is probably best known as Baby from Dirty Dancing, the one no one puts in a corner. Yet to me, her most memorable role is as Ferris Bueller's pissed-off, resentful sister. She is magnificent, seething with anger as her brother flaunts every rule without consequence. Now the low-points. There are only two things I dislike (apart from the terrible, annoying music at the end): - Cameron's parental conflict. This is very common to 80s comedies (and even nowadays): a serious segment in an otherwise comic story, that deals with some grave topic in contrast to the tone of the rest of the film. It is my least favourite part of the film, because it causes a change in mood and breaks the flow of the story. - Charlie Sheen as the drug dealer at the police station: Sure, Jeanie needed to loosen up, but the guy comes off too sleazy to be attractive, IMO. Ferris Bueller's Day Off is an outstanding comedy, and a true classic, and I highly recommend it to every one.
Nowadays if teenagers were to bunk off school they would probably head to the nearest park and share a bottle of supermarket strength cider and packet of ten cigarettes. That was not how they did it in the 1980's. The premise of Ferris Bueller's Day Off (FBDO) is simple. The title character having already had numerous so-called sick days is set to pull one more. This time he is determined to make it the day off to end them all. Having conned his parents he incurs the wrath off his principal who makes it his personal quest to catch Ferris in the act and thus chases him across town always one step behind. The key to the films success is that Matthew Broderick's title character stays just on the right side of likeable. Charming without being too overly smug. That is why you want him to succeed and not get busted. Great support comes from Jeffrey Jones as the ever-frustrated Principal Rooney and Alan Ruck as Ferris's fun starved best friend Cameron. Also, Broderick's then real life girlfriend, Dirty Dancing's Jennifer Grey, plays his on-screen sister. Yes, what Ferris and his pals get up to on their day off does stretch credibility and there are some issues with the timeframes throughout the day that may make the sharper eyed viewers raise an eyebrow but these are mere quibbles that shouldn't ruin what is a funny and charming film, that is loaded with 80's nostalgia. Rating 5/5
the Ferrari !!!! Broderick at his best - could this be included in the brat pack collection of films - I for one think yes !! Trying to explain the true glory of Ferris Bueller's Day Off is a tough thing to do. It's not a big thought provoking masterpiece made on a shoestring nor is it an ensemble piece featuring the best of the worlds acting talent. It's just an 80's teen movie featuring a cast of 'B'-list talent and a good idea. What would you do if you had one day in which anything was possible. In which ignoring the rules and regulations that bind the rest of us poor mortals was all part of the fun. It's one of those movies you see when you're a kid and you wish so much that you could do the same thing, take a Ferrari, your girlfriend, best mate and a wad of cash and enjoy all the guilty pursuits you can in one day. It's the perfect fantasy movie and demands constant screenings in order to fully appreciate its brilliance, its glorious simplicity. And the characters are a joy to behold, the carefree Ferris, uptight Principal, tightly wound sister and friend and completely ignorant parents. After seeing it you'll wish your school days were so much fun and the ending is surprisingly touching. You just know that's not the last stunt Ferris will pull but there was sadly no sequel !!
Like a soda pop left open all night, Ferris Bueller's Day Off seems to have lost its effervescence over time. Sure, Matthew Broderick is still appealing as the perennial truant, Ferris, who takes one memorable day off from school. Jeffrey Jones is nasty and scheming as the principal who's out to catch him. Jennifer Grey is winning as Ferris' sister (who ends up making out in the police station with a prophetic vision of Charlie Sheen). But there's a definite sense that this film was of a particular time frame: the 80s. It's still fun, though. There's Ferris singing "Twist and Shout" during a Chicago parade, and a lovely sequence in the Art Institute. But don't get it and expect your kids to love it the way you did. Like it or not, it's yours alone. --Keith Simanton, Amazon.com