Ferris Bueller's Day Off

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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, Rovi

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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 Station
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
Larry Flash Jenkins
as Attendant's Sidekick
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
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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

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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. fastfilmreviews.com

Mark Hobin
Mark Hobin

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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

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John Hughes struck gold once again with this sharp romp about the ultimate day of school skipping. Ferris Bueller is a high school legend. You know the cliche: every guy wants to be his pal, and every girl wants to be his gal. He has a knack for doing whatever he wants and getting away with it. He's cut class several times before, but, with graduation getting near, he decides to skip one final time, making it the most epic adventure yet. Feigning sickness, he ropes his best friend Cameron (down and out worry wort) and girlfriend Sloan into the mix as they set off for the Chicago streets in Cameron's dad's prized vintage Ferrari. Hot on Bueller's trail is his principal Ed Rooney who is dead set on bringing Ferris down. Then there's Jeanie- Ferris's bitter tattletale sister who is sick of his crap and also aims to bring her little brother to justice. The basic set up is pretty simple, but the end results are so much more. This film delivers tons of slapstick, satire, social commentary, and all kinds of wacky hi-jinks. It doesn't seem like all these separate things could gel that well, but that's the genius of Hughes's writing. This film made Matthew Broderick's career, and, unfortunately its also basically the peak of it. He's done other stuff, but never has he been better. You just really root for this guy, even though he's so friggin' entitled. That's just how likeable he is. The real heart of the film though, probably belongs to Alan Ruck as Cameron. He's a sad sack, but being with Ferris is pretty much life affirming for him. Sloan isn't as interesting of a character, but Mia Sara is a real cutie and hard not to like. Jeffrey Jones is slimy, smarmy, and brilliant as Rooney, and this is some of his best work. As Jeanie, Jennifer Grey is also quite strong, and she's a character you really come to side with too. Again, that's the genius of Hughes. Some of the characters are pretty thin, but then he gives you a few that are really developed, and you come to care about them greatly, even if some are "protagonists" or "antagonists". I use quotes because there's a gray area with everyone, and none of the characters (that are highly developed) are purely good or bad. There's tons of great quotes, all kinds of memorable moments, and a nice mix of light and darker material. So, given that combination, you should definitely see this if you haven't gotten around to it yet.

Chris Weber
Chris Weber

Super Reviewer

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