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


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
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
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  • Nov 12, 2018
    Classic cult film and a must see for all generations. John Hughes created a lot of the teenage angst or coming of age films in the 80s and Ferris was quite possibly his greatest creation. Watching this on the big screen last night was a dream come true, but having a film like this remaining so timeless does not hurt. The film is full of heart and the charm of Matthew Broderick is what elevates this from becoming just your average teenage comedy. I wish they would make more fun and creative films like this, no one tackles such a fun concept without falling into cliches and crude jokes. John Hughes created something truly special here. 12/11/2018.
    Brendan N Super Reviewer
  • Dec 01, 2016
    I'm not sure exactly why I wasn't a huge fan of this movie when I first saw it a few years back, but that's certainly not the case now. Not only is this possible John Hughes' funniest feature to date, but there's plenty of heart to be found underneath all the giggles. Ferris, one of the biggest procrastinators in film history, decides to take a day off from school and suggests/forces his closest friends do the same. What follows is just about the most ridiculously funny high school films to date. Pulling your parents leg about being sick is one thing, but convincing the entire city of Chicago that you're nearly on your death bed when you're actually singing Twist and Shout in the middle of a parade? That's another thing entirely. Yes, seeing a principle go to the lengths that Ed Rooney does to take Ferris down is a bit silly. But when you have a talent like Jeffrey Jones to work with, you have to take advantage of all the physical comedy chances you have. But speaking of talent, no one could have played Ferris better than Matthew Broderick. If you don't buy into Ferris breaking the fourth wall within the first minute or so of the film, than the entire story won't work. But with Broderick's charismatic charm, you buy into every second of it. It's like a great 90's action film, it doesn't take itself too seriously. It knows that most parents wouldn't actually buy into Ferris' "sickness", or that he could impersonate a well-known Chicagoan to get into a restaurant, or even lead a parade, but the film exploits every one of these situations. They take every chance they get in creating a ridiculously humorous moment. It's not going to blow your socks away with a realistically dramatic take on high school or real-life problems (though some are certainly touched upon), but it is a timeless tale of procrastination during youth, and the great lengths that one could go to make their day extraordinary. The imagination is strong here. +So ridiculous +Only works if Broderick is as good as he is +Fast paced with another laugh just around the corner 8.8/10
    Thomas D Super Reviewer
  • Jun 17, 2015
    Ferris' charm will make you want to see it, and it is this same charm that will keep you interested until the end. One of the best from John Hughes.
    Maymay A Super Reviewer
  • Jun 18, 2014
    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 B Super Reviewer

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