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Ferris Bueller's Day Off (1986)

PG-13 | | Comedy | 11 June 1986 (USA)
A high school wise guy is determined to have a day off from school, despite what the principal thinks of that.

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High school student Ferris Bueller wants a day off from school and he's developed an incredibly sophisticated plan to pull it off. He talks his friend Cameron into taking his father's prized Ferrari and with his girlfriend Sloane head into Chicago for the day. While they are taking in what the city has to offer school principal Ed Rooney is convinced that Ferris is, not for the first time, playing hooky for the day and is hell bent to catch him out. Ferris has anticipated that, much to Rooney's chagrin. Written by garykmcd

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The final scene in the garage was shot in early fall, so each of the leaves on all the trees outside had to be hand-painted green every morning before shooting. In the shot looking up from the wreck at the three friends, the yellow tree with most of its upper leaves gone can be seen reflected in the window. See more »

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When Ferris is trying to take off the mileage on the car, Sloane's hair changes from scene to scene. See more »

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Ferris: The key to faking out the parents is the clammy hands. It's a good non-specific symptom; I'm a big believer in it. A lot of people will tell you that a good phony fever is a dead lock, but, uh... you get a nervous mother, you could wind up in a doctor's office. That's worse than school. You fake a stomach cramp, and when you're bent over, moaning and wailing, you lick your palms. It's a little childish and stupid, but then, so is high school.
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Mr. Rooney, having been chewed up by the dog, is walking down the street. A school bus driver lets him onto the bus, where the students are staring at him. Rooney notices one student has "SAVE FERRIS" written on his binder. See more »

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The Icon Of Self Annihilation
11 September 2015 | by (Kneels Under The Light) – See all my reviews

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Hey, I own some of Hughes' films but not this one. Sorry to be a party pooper but did everyone catch this is his ninth day of partying? Yes, everyone needs an existential vacation from the straight jacket society puts around you but being expelled is not funny. Though not a parent, I did not find his Machiavellian mockery and humiliation of those dolts who work all day to support his little behind funny. If I felt this way, a philosopher, I wonder how the movie struck all the parents watching working two or three jobs to keep the little creep decked out in what looks like long johns with some kind of vest, 80's fashion, it did not age well. Is the movie funny, yes, if you like authority figures who are trying to save the little idiot from being homeless being mocked and ridiculed: this is the movie for you. The scene that contains the essence of the movie's total amorality is where Cameron destroys his father's classic Ferrari because he has been ignoring the little darling. We see the looks of admiration from Ferris and his girlfriend. Forgive an old stick in the mud, is it right to destroy a half million dollars of personal property of your dad's to get his attention? The image contains all you need to know about the movie. It is an exact reflection of the narcissistic Yuppie 80's. Can you tell what the God of this decade was? ME: themselves.

All through the movie, the principal, the parents, the waiter, and even the school nurse are being held up as figures of contempt. Often, Ferris looks out at through the camera and gives a lecture the point being what a useless, pain in the butt his poor life is and how school is pointless. Yes, in 1986, this was so cool; it has not aged well. The streets are full of people who had this kind of chic rebel without a clue pose. My favorite scene is the art museum, guess why your author and Ferris cannot appreciate art? We never had an art education. See, the hilarious irony? He rebels against what is needed to make sense out of the universe. When you look down at people from a tall building, guess what makes sense of what you are seeing? Geometry. Education is what makes you function within society; forgive me, friends, but glorifying dropping out and laughing at the necessary tools you need to live I find a trifle disturbing. Later, the movie bends reality to the breaking point with Ferris mounting a float like no security exists around a parade and torturing us with Wayne Newton's instrument of auditory pain: Dorky Shame.

That author above me is correct; his smile is a giant middle finger to all of us. All these people trying to save the idiot from being out in the street and dying a slow, painful death is what this Icon of self destruction seems to have missed. Yes, lots of high school is boring but the attendance is intended to prepare you for work out in the world. Guess what employers do to Ferris Buellers who work for them but are not there? They don't come to your house and beg you to come back to work: they fire you! What you think of my review is less concern to me than whether you want to show this little narcissist's diatribe on how to be a homeless wino to your kids. Ferris' dream is so vapid: humiliating a snobby waiter, mocking art he is too stupid to understand, staring out at people from a roof. Even the Cub's game he is oblivious to. I have always, for thirty years, found this work of Hughes to be utterly bizarre. Think I'm crazy? Try Ferris' ideas out at work, see how that goes. Believe it or not, we do not have the right to destroy others property because they have been ignoring us. Sorry, this is one awful movie.


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