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.