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Ferris Bueller's Day Off
Ferris Bueller plays sick from school and convinces his girlfriend and his best friend to join him for a day in the city.

Starring Matthew Broderick, Alan Ruck, Mia Sara...  View more >

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Jan 25, 2000
Very often an actor comes along that completely wins you over with his or her performance. However, there are those times when an actor not only wins you over, but makes you keep coming back to see that actor, again and again. Matthew Broderick is one of those actors, who has never been better in his ground-breaking movie, "Ferris Bueller's Day Off". This film, along with "Strange Brew" and "Spaceballs", among others, reign as the best comedies of the 80's. There are so few 90's comedies that compare to the above three.

Every time I am sick, or when I plan a day off, I pop this movie in and dream of having the guts that Ferris (Broderick) has in planning a Chicago-style day off of school, mastering a plan of such imagination, to fake sickness and then spend the rest of the day with his friends: the nerdy and shell-shocked Cameron (Alan Ruck), who thinks he is sick and is really not, and Sloan (Mia Sara), Ferris' boyfriend. Ferris', a man of charms, gets his ineager buddies to come along with him; they are more fearing of getting caught by parents, administration, or anyone else who would rat at the flip of a dime.

Ferris' plan seems to be going along fine, but in comes the evil dean of students Ed Rooney (even the NAME spells teacher faculty), played by Jeffery Jones in such an uncanny, explosive performance, that should have gotten him an Oscar, but oh well. He is one of the best villians I have ever seen in a comedy.

But the most amazing element of the film is the huge curve it throws at you: the movie has a really deep story under it, as we get involved with the characters: We learn about Cameron's inability to cope with his emotions with his touchy father, and even though it is all in comedy, we get to see the emotions of Ferris' sister, Jeannie (Jennifer Grey), as she goes nuts about how mom and dad never believe her and always do with Ferris. This is a revelation, a great surprise that is missing in about every 99 out of 100 comedies.

Grade: A

Length: 104 min. jwhyte2@hotmail.com

Apr 29, 2001
One of John Hughes best film is the quarkly comedy from 1986 "Ferris Bueller's Day Off." to me I see the film as a slacker verion of the 1961 film "Pollyana."

The movie stars Mattrew Broadrick in the title role as a slacker who talks to the audience, fakes being sick and takes two of his friends to Chicago. Bueller never got along with his principal who thinks of Bueller as a bum. But he's a friend to every kid in the school, except his kid sister, played by Jennifer Grey. bueller is full of surprises, one such scene where the her pops up in a parade and sings two songs (hr really didn't sing), being back up by beauties. One of the songs, "Twist and Shout" brought the house down. that song also appeared in "Back to School" which almost came out the same time as "Ferris bueller." that Beatles song has made it into the top 40 chart and stayed there for months.

The film has gotten hold of a generation of kids who see Bueller as a hero and as a rebel, like James Dean, both are cool and both of them took charge of a situation. Bueller is one character who stands up to what he believes in. Ferris Bueller is still popular 15 years later.
Jul 7, 2003
A classic film that should have been seen by anyone that thinks they know movies.
May 8, 2010
Jun 30, 2014
Jun 26, 2016
A near perfect movie. Entertaining, meta humor and simply a classic in cinema. Sidenote: Alan Ruck in this movie looks scarily like a young Joseph Gordon-Levitt.
Feb 12, 2019

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