Ferris Bueller's Day Off Reviews
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.
+Only works if Broderick is as good as he is
+Fast paced with another laugh just around the corner
High school senior Ferris Bueller (Matthew Broderick) just wants a day off from school and will go to extremes to make that happen. Ferris is the quintessential popular kid who seems to always get what he wants. He is hedonistic, charming, smart, and consistently does two things to manipulate others: first, he tells people what they want to hear, and second, he makes and carries out elaborate plans to trick them. Ferris begins this day by making his parents believe that he is sick. This is something to which everyone can relate. Ferris, however, takes it to the next level by making a contraption that will snore when his bedroom door is opened. This way, if his mom checks on him, she will think he is sound asleep. This is only one of several schemes that he puts in motion to make others believe he is home sick. After his family leaves the house he invites some friends to join him. He convinces his best friend Cameron (Alan Ruck), who is a hypochondriac, to get out of bed and join him for the day. Ferris then concocts a plan to get his girlfriend Sloane (Mia Sara) out of school. This is accomplished with a phone call to the school's dean of students claiming there has been a death in her family. Sloane is a pretty girl that would never miss an opportunity to spend a day away from school with Ferris. He then convinces Cameron to take Cameron's dad's stunning red Ferrari so they can travel to downtown Chicago in style.
After the three friends arrive in downtown Chicago, they park the precious vehicle in a garage and begin their adventures. They experience fine dining, professional baseball, and an art museum. Ferris even sings in a parade. While all of this is taking place, Ferris's jealous sister Jeanie (Jennifer Grey), who knows that he is faking, is doing whatever it takes to make sure Ferris is caught and exposed as the lying faker that he is. The dean of students at the school is also onto Ferris and will go to extremes to make sure Ferris gets to enjoy a fifth year of high school.
This day off from school is not just fun and games. The audience really gets to see the development of Cameron's character. He is transformed by the end of the day. Plus, the movie utilizes a style of acting in which the fourth wall is broken. In other words, Ferris looks right at the camera and talks directly to the audience. There is no separation, or wall, between the actor and audience. This helps you feel like you are friends with Ferris Bueller and that you too are enjoying the day off with him, Cameron and Sloane.
Overall the movie is lighthearted and enjoyable to watch. As stated by Ferris Bueller himself, " Life moves pretty fast. If you don't stop and look around once in awhile, you could miss it."
Ferris es un personaje bastante antipático con el que es dificil de conectar a no ser que digas "eh, yo tenía un amigo así", en cual caso lo siento por tí (y por mí...). Cameron es también bastante débil como el supuesto protagonista de la historia, y el resto de personajes son olvidables. Quizás salvo el director del instituto y la hemana del propio Ferris, y ni eso...
Quizás estoy muy mayor como para meterme en la piel de unos adolescentes, pero si películas como "El Club de los cinco" lo consigue, no sé porque esta no debería...
8.5 / 10 Fun, Lighthearted Comedy That Will Certainly Lift Anyone's Spirits.