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.
When teen movies were funny, not just stupid
I have an ongoing discussion with my friends and family about what movie defines your generation, and for me, this is it! Ferris’ commentary throughout the movie is hilarious and irreverent, giving a voice to those on the borderline between Generations X and Y. It’s Office Space, the teenage years! This movie is witty and fast-paced, not relying on the bathroom humor and physical comedy that most teenage and college comedies do these days. Yes, it is dated, but that’s part of what makes it great. I love it!
Not just a classic of the 80s, but of any decade
Matthew Broderick looked so brilliant in those days. While this film single-handedly made him Ferris Bueller forever, at least this is a film that can be seen all throughout the years without dating too badly. Sure, the music and props will signify a time of discontent and bad hairdos, but the idealistic look of a man simply wanting to ditch school has never been made more daringly and charmingly.
Everything about this film was gold, from the postmodern “conversations” with the audience to the little backstories which seem to shape the overall canvas of the film. While Alan Ruck was way too old to play in this movie, at least he proved to be a great opposite to the cool and nonchalant Ferris. Gross-out comedies may now be the norm, at least we can look back to this film and enjoy a good, genuine laugh.