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Ferris Bueller's Day Off

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The German day carnival seen in the movie was a genuine carnival that just happened to be on during the shooting schedule. The filmmakers added their own float to the parade and many onlookers were genuinely very bemused. People genuinely got into the spirit during Ferris's 'concert' and many of the shots of people dancing were genuine reactions from the crowd.



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Ferris Bueller (Broderick)... cool, arrogant, manipulative and tinged with an edge of xenophobia… "Do you speak English?"

He was the archetypal, American, wealthy, middle class kid that was so popular in the 80’s. But boy did we love him for his narcissism and hubristic nature.

It’s a spring day, the sun is shining and Ferris is feigning catatonia to his worried on-looking parents (Ward & Pickett). He comes around, delirious and concerned about how he has to go to school to take a test.

He styles out the ill symptoms to the parents, who tell him to stay home in bed, enraging his younger sister (Grey) who bemoans "if I was bleeding out my eyes you guys would make me go to school!"

Well Ferris doesn't 'do' school, not today! He commences his day off, by resurrecting his best friend, Cameron Frye (Ruck) from his own semi-genuine sick bed and by getting his girlfriend, Sloane Peterson(Sara) extracted from class, under the guise of a death in the family!

The school principal, after being made to swallow a whole humble pie at once, smells a rat and will spend the rest of the day battering hopelessly against Ferris's array of cunning ingenious defences. Computer-hacking, pre-recorded doorbell messages, full blown snoring, sleeping bed body double and the family’s trusty, snarling Rottweiler!

While the obsessive, stalking, school principal attempts to track down the elusive Ferris, our cock-sure protagonist is causing havoc in Chicago’s finest, snobbiest restaurant. Before moving onto soaking up some real culture at the city’s premier art gallery.

As the day progresses the antics gain greater magnitude and exposure as Ferris continually narrowly avoids dad in a host of locations. The day concludes with the destruction of a 1961 Ferrari, 250 GT California, and is a day of catharsis for his best friend and sister. -Incidentally she has some of the movies best lines and shares a couch in a police station, with Charlie Sheen in his cool, bad boy cameo.

Will Ferris makes it back to bed in time for his parents arrival home at 6pm... what do you think? If you haven’t seen the movie, well you have to, as this is the template for the day off!

Verdict?

For many people this is one of, if not THE, seminal 80's movie.

Being a John Hughes film it had to have his customary sugar coated ending, as Ferris’s seemingly selfish motives actually perpetuate positive changes for his best friend and sister. It is evident that through all his bravado, Ferris cares... the world loves Ferris Bueller, but you can’t help wishing that Charlie Sheen had given him a slap...Just the once!

The saving grace and the movies' main asset is the tremendous fun and colorful and amusing characters, particularly Ed Rooney, played by Jeffery Jones.

Notice any mistakes? Review

Strengths: Excellent, raised middle finger movie to the staid & dull, c'mon admit that you'd love to be Ferris Bueller for just one day...?!

Weaknesses? Annoying rich kid gets the better of everyone, then tells you at the end credits to p*ss off and get a life!

Our rating: 8.5 out of 10


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