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.
It is most curious that Hughes, who is obviously clever and talented, has failed to develop the intriguing situation he has set in motion.
[While Risky Business] suggested that money isn't everything, Ferris Bueller insists just the opposite.
| Original Score: 2/4
A film that doesn't seem to know what it's about until the end.
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.
Ferris Bueller exhibits John Hughes on an off day. Paucity of invention here lays bare the total absence of plot or involving situations.
The overriding impression is one of utter nihilism, of a world divided into bored, crassly materialistic teenagers and doltish, unfeeling adults.
Ferris is an admittedly entertaining, at times delightful fellow. How unfortunate that no one got to wring the little bastard's neck.
In this film [Hughes] has created a character who is every teen-ager's fantasy, but in the process he has lost some of the authenticity of his other films.
The film's heart is in the right place, and Ferris Bueller is slight, whimsical and sweet.
| Original Score: 4/4