Ferris Bueller’s Day Off (1986)

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Ferris Bueller’s Day Off (1986)
  • Time: 103 min
  • Genre: Comedy | Drama
  • Director: John Hughes
  • Cast: Matthew Broderick, Alan Ruck, Jennifer Grey

Storyline:

High school student Ferris Bueller wants a day off from school and he’s developed an incredibly sophisticated plan to pull it off. He talks his friend Cameron into taking his father’s prized Ferrari and with his girlfriend Sloane head into Chicago for the day. While they are taking in what the city has to offer school principal Ed Rooney is convinced that Ferris is, not for the first time, playing hooky for the day and is hell bent to catch him out. Ferris has anticipated that, much to Rooney’s chagrin.

One review

  • Mathew Broderick was a good choice to play super-confident high school student Ferris Bueller, who decides one beautiful morning to skip school, and recruits his girlfriend (Mia Sara) and best friend (Alan Ruck) to accompany him on his outing in Chicago. Jeffrey Jones plays the jealous school principal who has it in for Ferris.

    Surprisingly funny and insightful comedy has a fine cast, and contains many memorable scenes; not your typical teen fare either, since, though Ferris is a wise-guy, he doesn’t do anything cruel to anyone, just a bit too free-spirited perhaps (not the worst of faults). Principal Rooney suffers the most, but he brings it all on himself; if he only stayed in the office, and waited it out, he would have caught Ferris in the act of truancy, he did not have to chase him all over the city. He ultimately resembles the John Cleese character Basil Fawlty from “Fawlty Towers” in that regard.

    Ben Stein (and that whole homeroom sequence) are hilarious and dead-on accurate, as are the ending credits. Occasionally missteps, but mostly works in this bright comedy.

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