First off, I am still a little hungover from last night so you will have to bear with me because I will probably ramble some in this blog. Now, John Hughes is probably one of the biggest writer/directors to come out of the 80’s. Just about everyone of his films is considered a cinematic classic. While he is responsible for a number of different films, he is probably best known for his comedy/dramas about high school kids. Today’s movie is one of my favorite comedies that he did and probably one of the top 10 comedies to come out of the 80’s. So let’s get one with today’s movie, Ferris Bueller’s Day Off.
The plot: Ferris Bueller does not feel like going to school today so he fakes being sick and gets Sloane, his girlfriend, and Cameron, his best friend, to join him for a day out on the town in Chicago. However, there are two obstacles to him getting away with his plan. Obstacle # one is his sister Jeanie, who is tired of how Ferris always seems able to get away with everything. The other obstacle is Ed Rooney, the dean of Ferris’s school, who has made it his mission to bust Ferris for breaking school rules.
The critics were overly positive about this movie, giving it an 80% rating on Rotten Tomatoes. Many critics have stated that this is one of the most sophisticated teen movies of all time and that it is one of the movies that stand the test of time. The audiences certainly agreed as it’s $70 million domestic gross made it one of the most successful movies of 1986. In the years to come, Ferris Bueller’s Day of would go on to have a huge cultural impact on society as many of the lines from the movie have made it into the lexicon of popular culture dialogue, the ska band Save Ferris came up with their name due to this film, and the movie itself was selected for preservation in the National Film Registry this year.
This is one of my favorite 80’s comedies, I mean, let;s face it. How many kids wished they could pull of a scam like Ferris did. Matthew Broderick’s portrayal was fantastic and he will forever be remembered for this role. Jeffrey Jones is also best remembered for his role as Ed Rooney. The rest of the cast was also great. I also thought that Broderick’s repeated breaking of the fourth wall (talking to the audience) was one of the funnier aspects of the movie. The story, while not totally original, was very well written and the dialogue was fantastic. The scene at the parade and the scene with the Ferrari are some of my favorite scenes, although I was a bit sad about what happened to the car. This is simply a fantastic movie.
So if you want to watch a truly great comedy, then definitely watch this movie.
Rating: 4 1/2 out of 5