Ferris Bueller's Day Off (1986)

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Critic Consensus: Matthew Broderick charms in Ferris Bueller's Day Off, a light and irrepressibly fun movie about being young and having fun.


Movie Info

Teenaged Ferris Bueller (Matthew Broderick) is a legend in his own time thanks to his uncanny skill at cutting classes and getting away with it. Intending to make one last grand duck-out before graduation, Ferris calls in sick, "borrows" a Ferrari, and embarks on a one-day bacchanal through the streets of Chicago. Dogging Ferris' trail at every turn is high-school principal Rooney (Jeffrey Jones), determined to catch Bueller in the act of class-cutting. Writer/director John Hughes once again … More

Rating: PG-13 (adult situations/language)
Genre: Comedy
Directed By: ,
Written By: John Hughes
In Theaters:
On DVD: Oct 19, 1999
Runtime:
Paramount Pictures

Cast


as Ferris Bueller

as Sloane Peterson

as Cameron Frye

as Ed Rooney

as Jeanie Bueller

as Katie Bueller

as Tom Bueller

as School Secretary

as Boy in Police Statio...

as Economics Teacher

as English Teacher

as Florence Sparrow

as Simone Adamlee

as Attendant's Co-Pilot

as Garage Attendant

as Gym Teacher

as Chez Quis Maitre 'd

as Men's-Room Attendant

as Businessman

as Girl in Pizza Joint

as Pizza Man

as Flower Deliveryman

as Singing Nurse

as Balloon Man

as Pumpkin Head

as Girl on Trampoline

as Police Officer

as Politician at Parade

as Flower Deliveryman

as Minister at Parade

as Minister at Parade

as Gym Teacher

as Bus Driver

as Economics Student

as Economics Student

as Economics Student

as Shermerite

as Shermerite

as Shermerite

as Shermerite

as Shermerite

as Shermerite

as Shermerite

as Parade Participant

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Critic Reviews for Ferris Bueller's Day Off

All Critics (59) | Top Critics (10)

What should've been a joyful romp turns into a stale, sour-edged celebration of the New Conformist, an affluent, technology-addled cherub without a rebellious whim in his brain.

Full Review… | April 23, 2014
Los Angeles Times
Top Critic

It is most curious that Hughes, who is obviously clever and talented, has failed to develop the intriguing situation he has set in motion.

Full Review… | April 23, 2014
Orlando Sentinel
Top Critic

[While Risky Business] suggested that money isn't everything, Ferris Bueller insists just the opposite.

Full Review… | April 23, 2014
Philadelphia Inquirer
Top Critic

A film that doesn't seem to know what it's about until the end.

Full Review… | January 16, 2013
Chicago Tribune
Top Critic

Here is a dream as old as adolescence, and it is fun to be reminded of its ageless potency, especially in a movie as good-hearted as this one.

Full Review… | August 8, 2011
TIME Magazine
Top Critic

Ferris Bueller exhibits John Hughes on an off day. Paucity of invention here lays bare the total absence of plot or involving situations.

Full Review… | July 18, 2007
Variety
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Ferris Bueller's Day Off

It's an outrageous, clever and charming comedy of youth in revolt that John Hughes is accustomed to. Ferris Bueller's Day Off is a classical coming-of-age film filled with countless humor, a slick and sleek performance from Matthew Broderick and smart script, making this a recognizable film of the decade. 5/5

Eugene Bernabe
Eugene Bernabe

Super Reviewer

½

John Hughes would go on to write bigger hits (Home Alone). But of everything he directed, this was his biggest box office success. It's easy to see why. Part of what makes this comedy so winning is the utter innocence of it all. Ferris' indulgences comprise of nothing more than trips to a fancy restaurant, the Sears Tower, the Art Institute of Chicago, the Chicago Mercantile Exchange, and a Cubs game at Wrigley Field. Ferris famously crashes a parade celebrating German-American culture. His lip-synch to the Beatles' "Twist and Shout" is a highlight. Indeed the spectacle was enough to push the hit back onto the Billboard Top 40 charts back in 1986. Music figures prominently in inspired bits elsewhere. An instrumental version of The Smiths' "Please, Please, Please, Let Me Get What I Want" at the museum is fittingly poetic. And nothing underscores a teen's desire to drive a 1961 Ferrari 250 GT California Spyder convertible more perfectly than "Oh Yeah" by Swiss electronic band Yello. The song has become a symbol of want.

For anyone who was in high school when this came out, the production will resonate even more as pure nostalgia. Much of the teen movie is well crafted lightweight fun. But as the film's final coda unfolds, Ferris' altruistic motives become apparent. His objective to help his best friend achieve a deeper sense of self-worth resonates long after the movies fades.

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Mark Hobin

Super Reviewer

½

Though it sinks to teen-film cliches at times, the film is undeniably iconic and memorable, and, at times, strangely brilliant and haunting (the museum scene being the best example of this).

Matthew Samuel Mirliani
Matthew Samuel Mirliani

Super Reviewer

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