"Ferris Bueller's Day Off" (1986)
Rating: PG-13 (adult situations/language)
Directed By: John Hughes, John Hugues
Written By: John Hughes
Released: June 11th, 1986
Runtime: 103 minutes
Studio: Paramount Pictures
Ferris Bueller (Matthew Broderick) wakes u one beautiful morning in Chicago with the decision that school is not the place to be today. Thus, he convinces his best friend Cameron (Alan Ruck) to “borrow” his father’s irreplaceable red Ferrari before kidnapping Ferris’ girlfriend Sloane (Mia Sara) and the three set out for a day of fun and games across town. In the meantime, the school principal (Jeffrey Jones) is after him, as is Ferris’ sister, Jeanie (Jennifer Grey), both sick of Ferris’ unwitting ability to get away with everything! The film is directed and written by John Hughes and is one of his funniest comedies. Scratch that. One of the funniest comedies out there.
This is a brilliant movie. What else can be said? Ferris Bueller, is, simply, one of a kind.
I found it interesting to know that Alan Ruck was actually thirty years old, playing a sixteen year old Cameron. I wouldn’t have thought it! Charlie Sheen also joins the cast for a cameo scene as a drugged-up boy in a police station. In order to get the desired effect, he apparently kept himself awake for 48 hours before shooting!
There’s a real feel good feeling brought out of this movie. At the heart of it, Ferris is a good guy who wants to do something nice for his depressed friend, and to generally go out and grab life by the balls and have fun!
Many theories have been conjured over whether or not this day and Ferris himself were all in fact Cameron’s imagination. Another theory which I found very interesting is how this film deals with depression and Ferris created this day afraid that Cameron was on the verge of killing himself, to show him that life is worth living after all. If you look at the film from that angle, Ferris was the best friend Cameron could have ever asked for. It’s a slightly darker tone to the one set by the film, but I since hearing it, I like to think that this was the premise.
I’m going to go out on a limb here and state that this was without a doubt the best film to come out of the 80s. Certainly one of the best comedies out there. Period. It’s just a really enjoyable watch. Anyone who hasn’t seen it, I’m sorry, but what are you doing with your life at all? You’re missing out on something amazing.