My Favorite Movies #35 – Ferris Bueller’s Day Off

Ferris Bueller's Day Off - PosterFerris Bueller’s Day Off


Directed by John Hughes

Quick synopsis… Teenage Ferris convinces his entire school he’s at death’s door, then hits the streets of Chicago with his girlfriend and best friend for a day of fun. But the school’s fed-up principal is determined to catch him and put an end to his field trip.

  • Depending on how long you’ve been following my blog, you may remember I’ve written about this movie before.
  • A few years back, I proposed a theory that Ferris really is sick.
  • Not only is he sick, but he’s dying, and the entire city of Chicago is in on helping him have the perfect day off.
  • You should really go back and read that post, it makes so much sense when watching the movie again.
  • Number 83 on my Bucket List is to recreate the events of Ferris Bueller’s Day Off.
  • Even though I don’t think it’s possible to do all the things these kids do in one day.
  • I’ll be honest… I have basically just been watching the movie without keeping note of any thoughts that are coming up while watching.
  • That’s partially because I’m not really coming up with anything brilliant that I haven’t already said in that previous post.
  • Not that I said anything particularly brilliant in that previous post.
  • But… you know… it’s there.
  • I don’t really like being redundant if I don’t need to be.
  • Does that mean I should expect all of you to maneuver your way back to that older post?
  • No… I really shouldn’t. And I don’t.
  • So, I guess, here’s the long and short of it…
  • All of the things that Ferris, Sloane, and Cameron do are impossible to squeeze into one school day.
  • Therefore, I propose that Ferris is somehow terminal and he’s created this delusion in which he is popular and he center of everyone’s universe to deal with his illness and the fact that he’s dying.
  • Cameron, Sloane, the Buellers, and even Ed Rooney are in on the whole plan to give Ferris his perfect day.
  • Ferris believes he’s giving Cameron a day off to get him out of his shell.
  • Ferris wants to be the hero of his story… Cameron and the others are giving him that.
  • Jean, Ferris’ sister is the only one trying to ruin everything, because she’s jealous, believing no one would ever go to such lengths for her.
  • Rooney may seem to be the bad guy, but that’s because every hero needs an antagonist.
  • Cameron’s dad is super committed to the whole thing, allowing for his priceless car to be demolished.
  • The Cubs are in on it, somehow making it possible for Ferris to catch a foul ball.
  • If you want more details on that theory, go check out that post.
  • I promise, it’s not horrible.
  • Movie’s not horrible either.
  • If you haven’t seen it, get on that.
  • It’s one of those classics that everyone should see at least once.

Funny enough, Looper recently posted a video to YouTube taking a look at “Dumb Things in Ferris Bueller’s Day Off That Everyone Ignored“. They agree with me that he couldn’t have possibly done all these things within the confines of a single school day.

Come back next week for yet another ’80s classic, The Karate Kid, a movie that I believe is only slightly better than its sequel. Can you tell I love the 1980s?

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