Ferris Bueller’s Day Off Review, A Classic Representation of 80s Cinema

Joshua Budich Ferris Bueller

Ferris Bueller’s Day Off

Directed by: John Hughes

Starring: Matthew Broderick, Alan Ruck, Jennifer Grey, Jeffrey Jones, Mia Sara, and Charlie Sheen

In most cases movies are made to entertain an audience for a few hours of their lives, now I’m someone who loves movies that aren’t “entertaining” but for the most part my favorite movies are the ones that I love and could watch over and over. They aren’t necessarily the best movies in existence but when it comes to my tastes I find them to be the best. Ferris Bueller’s Day Off is one of those movies. Now I’m not say that it’s perfect, cause no movie really is, but it’s so much damn fun that it’s still as good as it was when I first watched it. I think that it is one of the best definition of 80s generation. It has all those actors that made up so many of those movies. For example,  Jennifer Grey  was at the height of her popularity after Dirty Dancing and this but lost her way after these movies. Some many things that this movie does represents what the 80s was.

Ferris Bueller (Matthew Broderick) is your typical high school student, except he’s loved by anyone and is a cunning con artist. On a day like no other Ferris decides that he can’t go to school that day. He convinces his parents that he is sick but in the end he plans to live life with his best friend Cameron (Alan Ruck). Meanwhile at school everyone begins realizing that Ferris isn’t there. Rumors begin to spread that he is on his death-bed and the rumor spread all around the town. The principal of the school isn’t convinced the Ferris is even sick and decides to run his own investigation into Ferris’s alleged sickness. Will it be the best day or worst day for Ferris and his gang of misfits?

It’s hard to put into words just how much I loved this movie. There is a lot going on in this movie that isn’t even touched upon in the final act and leaves everything wide open instead of having an actual conclusion to all of the story. Then again it is Ferris’s story and about his day off so those things seem not to matter and all that does matter is how he and his friends ended up spending their day. The plot is really more about Ferris helping Cameron gain some self respect for himself and finally end up standing up to his father. So when it comes to explaining all the open ends it really doesn’t matter if they end up solving it because the bulk of the story is covered and the characters development is completed. The scene that really bring this to light is when the gang is at the Sears Tower looking down at the world below them. They start talking about their lives and Cameron mentions that he sees his dad down there. It is touched upon before that but I feel that this is were it actually starts taking shape.

You always feel like you are in the movie experiencing the same moments as them. This is helped out by Ferris and his constant breaking of the fourth wall to narrate the film. It is so funny because, as kids, we all have done things to get out of school. This feels like the ultimate fantasy for a sick day. The other thing that this movie does so well is bring in the authority figure to stop them at all costs. He is a man determined to bring down Ferris and that is his driving force for every action that he does.

Having not seen this when I was in high school I do feel that it would have been so much better but to me this is a movie that I will always love. I find it much harder to write about the movies I love since I can only praise it. If you haven’t seen this yet why not and get on that.

Grade: A+


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