Ferris Bueller's Day Off (1986) - Rotten Tomatoes

Ferris Bueller's Day Off (1986)



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

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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 tries to wed satire, slapstick, and social commentary, as Ferris Bueller's Day Off starts like a house afire and goes on to make "serious" points about status-seeking and casual parental cruelties. It brightens up considerably in the last few moments, when Ferris' tattletale sister (Jennifer Grey) decides to align herself with her merry prankster sibling. A huge moneymaker, Ferris Bueller's Day Off eventually spawned a TV sitcom. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovimore
Rating: PG-13 (adult situations/language)
Genre: Comedy
Directed By: ,
Written By: John Hughes
In Theaters:
On DVD: Oct 19, 1999
Paramount Pictures


Matthew Broderick
as Ferris Bueller
Mia Sara
as Sloane Peterson
Alan Ruck
as Cameron Frye
Jeffrey Jones
as Ed Rooney
Jennifer Grey
as Jeanie Bueller
Cindy Pickett
as Katie Bueller
Lyman Ward
as Tom Bueller
Edie McClurg
as School Secretary
Charlie Sheen
as Boy in Police Statio...
Ben Stein
as Economics Teacher
Del Close
as English Teacher
Virginia Capers
as Florence Sparrow
Kristy Swanson
as Simone Adamlee
Richard Edson
as Garage Attendant
Edward LeBeau
as Gym Teacher
Larry Flash Jenkins
as Attendant's Co-Pilot
Jonathan Schmock
as Chez Quis Maitre 'd
Tom Spratley
as Men's-Room Attendant
Dave Silvestri
as Businessman
Debra Montague
as Girl in Pizza Joint
Joey Viera
as Pizza Man
Louis Anderson
as Flower Deliveryman
Stephanie Blake
as Singing Nurse
Robert McKibbon
as Balloon Man
Paul Manzanero
as Pumpkin Head
Miranda Whittle
as Girl on Trampoline
Robert Kim
as Police Officer
Dick Sollenberger
as Politician at Parade
Bob Parkinson
as Minister at Parade
Richard Rohrbough
as Minister at Parade
Edward Le Beau
as Gym Teacher
Dee Dee Rescher
as Bus Driver
Lisa Bellard
as Economics Student
Max Perlich
as Economics Student
Scott Coffey
as Economics Student
Eric Saiet
as Shermerite
Joey Garfield
as Shermerite
Kristin Graziano
as Shermerite
Annie Ryan
as Shermerite
Eric J. Edidin
as Shermerite
Brendan Babar
as Shermerite
Tiffany Chance
as Shermerite
Heidi Meyer Gilbert
as Parade Participant
Ann Marie Lee
as Parade Participant
Annette Thurman
as Parade Participant
Gail Tangeros
as Parade Participant
Tricia Fastabend
as Parade Participant
Sue Cronin
as Parade Participant
Vlasta Krsek
as Parade Participant
Louie Anderson
as Flower Deliveryman
Anne Ryan
as Shermerite
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Critic Reviews for Ferris Bueller's Day Off

All Critics (60) | Top Critics (11)

Chalk up a summer sleeper hit for John Hughes and Paramount.

Full Review… | June 5, 2015
Hollywood Reporter
Top Critic

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

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


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.


Mark Hobin

Super Reviewer


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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