Ferris Bueller's Day Off

1986, Comedy, 1h 43m

69 Reviews 250,000+ Ratings

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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. Read critic reviews

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Ferris Bueller (Matthew Broderick) has an uncanny skill at cutting classes and getting away with it. Intending to make one last duck-out before graduation, Ferris calls in sick, "borrows" a Ferrari, and embarks on a one-day journey through the streets of Chicago. On Ferris' trail is high school principal Rooney (Jeffrey Jones), determined to catch him in the act.

Cast & Crew

Matthew Broderick
Ferris Bueller
Alan Ruck
Cameron Frye
Mia Sara
Sloane Peterson
Jennifer Grey
Jean 'Jeanie' Bueller
Jeffrey Jones
Dean Edward 'Ed' R. Roony
Edie McClurg
Grace, School Secretary
Lyman Ward
Tom Bueller
Cindy Pickett
Katie Bueller
Charlie Sheen
Boy in Police Station
Ben Stein
Economics Teacher
Del Close
English Teacher
Virginia Capers
Florence Sparrow, R.N.
Richard Edson
A1-EZ OK Park Attendant
Larry "Flash" Jenkins
Attendant's Co-Pilot
Michael Chinich
Executive Producer
Arthur Baker
Original Music
Ira Newborn
Original Music
John Robie
Original Music
Tak Fujimoto
Cinematographer
Paul Hirsch
Film Editor
John W. Corso
Production Designer
Marilyn Vance
Costume Designer
Ken Collins
Second Assistant Director
Stephen Lim
First Assistant Director
Jack M. Marino
Property Master
Steve Maslow
Sound Re-Recording Mixer
Wylie Stateman
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  • Apr 28, 2021
    One of the most hilarious movies I've ever seen, I loved it to bits!!!
    Serge E Super Reviewer
  • 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.
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