After faking an illness to skip school, popular teen Ferris Bueller enjoys a fun-filled day in Chicago with his girlfriend and his uptight best friend.
Runtime: 1hr 43m
Director: John Hughes
Starring: Matthew Broderick, Alan Ruck, Mia Sara, Jeffrey Jones, Jennifer Grey, Cindy Pickett, Lyman Ward, Edie McClurg, Charlie Sheen, Kristy Swanson, Ben Stein, Del Close
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For those of a certain age, like me, I suspect that the immortal sounds of ‘Bo Bo, Chick, Chicka-Chickaah’ will instantly make one think of classic 80s film “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off”. It certainly does for me, along with memories of ‘fat-back’ TVs, BetaMax videos and, ahem, terrible fashion. Matthew Broderick stars as the titular Ferris Bueller who, being fed up of the boring day-to-day life of school, decides on an elaborate plan to skip school for the day along with his girlfriend Sloane (Mia Sara) and their uptight friend Cameron (Alan Ruck). Instead of school, the trio borrow Cameron’s father’s prized classic Ferrari and head out to Chicago for a day of fun – much to the chagrin of Principal Rooney (Jeffrey Jones).
The main part of the film takes place around the main tourist spots of Chicago in the mid-80s including the then-tallest building in the world the Sears Tower. There are no over-the-top shenanigans carried out by our trio and, if I’m honest, the film is not any worse for it. What we see are three teenagers just enjoying themselves without being overtly ridiculous. Ferris joins the parade to serenade Sloane while Cameron constantly worries about what his father might think if he finds out they skipped school and took his Ferrari.
The film has aged quite well both in terms of visuals as well as the storyline. It’s a coming-of-age comedy that isn’t a traditional coming-of-age comedy. There are some laugh out loud moments, there are some chuckles, there’s some romance, and there are a few moments of growing up and working out priorities. There is, pretty much, something for everyone.
Back at school, word has got out about how serious Ferris’s mystery illness is to the point where a ‘Save Ferris’ fundraiser has been started. His sister Jeanie (Jennifer Grey) is not impressed, nor is Principal Rooney – they both, independently, head to the Bueller household to try and uncover the truth and get Ferris in trouble once and for all. It’s here where we see the ingenuity of Ferris’ plan as well as the few slapstick moments that the film offers. It does becomes a little predictable but certainly not enough to spoil the film.
Overall I really enjoyed re-watching “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off” and, even though I could clearly remember the outcome and associated scenes, it was fun to follow the story afresh and try to work out if they’d get caught out (obviously I knew the answer) and see the characters’ stories be told. Whether it’s your first, fifth or twentieth viewing I am certain that you will enjoy it. Oh, and stick around during and after the credits!
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