Ferris Bueller's Day Off
High school is that last moment in life in which we get to experience freedom. Now what kind of freedom? The freedom from absolute responsibility. I can safely say that us adults have plenty to live up to in the working world. We have to work just to eat and live. We’ve put in our years in college only to face a recession and a slower quality of life. I still get time to do my reviews, but lets say that I was hoping for more freedom then expected. Maybe I asked for too much, but I know I will be putting myself through hard situations for the rest of my life. I might as well make the best out of it.
I think the new goal in life is to find the fun out of the stuff we see difficult. Work is rarely fun, so I like to plan each day off like that it’s my last day ever. I’ll look into the most fun I can have on this Saturday and try to accomplish it. It may be a day at Disneyland with my brother or a stroll along the beach with my friends. Ferris Bueller got that philosophy in Ferris Bueller’s Day Off.
For the what, six of you that don’t know this classic, the late John Hughes created Ferris Bueller’s Day Off not just as a movie about high school, but as a tribute to the spirit of Chicago.
Ferris Bueller (played by Matthew Broderick) is a high school senior who simply decides to skip his classes to enjoy a nice spring day. He does what many kids are still trying to do by faking illness. He parents fall for it and word soon spreads to school. The whole thing becomes so exaggerated that students think that Ferris is close to death.
The few that don’t by it include Principal Edward Rooney (played by Jeffrey Jones) who seems to envy Ferris, as much he hates him. While he spends his day proving that this young man is a truant, Ferris convinces his friends to join him on his day of freedom as they experience the best that Chicago offers. They go to a fancy restaurant, a baseball game, an art museum, Sears Tower, and even crash a parade as Ferris leads a musical rendition of “Twist and Shout”, while remaining completely oblivious to his parents.
Being that this from 1986, how does it hold up? Surprisingly, I still consider this one of the great movies about high school. John Hughes really seemed to understand that all teenagers’ want is freedom. He knows how they talk and think about the world. They are not stupid, but maybe a little naïve. High school is unfortunately a very boring periods of out lives and I remember thinking that I wish I could be outside having fun then listening to my trigonometry teacher. We all want a little freedom once in a while and Ferris Bueller’s Day Off gives it’s audiences it’s own day off.
What makes this movie work is the humor. And I don’t just mean the jokes (and there’s plenty of them), but I also refer to the humor within the characters. Jeffrey Jones is great as the world’s most uptight man who is simply the definition of a spoilsport. Ferris’ sister Jeanie also gets a lot of laughs as poor snarky girl of the family, always trying to bust her brother. She also remains envious, like everyone else who wants the same freedom that Ferris has. Despite time dating plenty of the obvious eighties music and scenery, this is a landmark of both comedy and high school film.
I’ll give this five Save Ferris signs on the Cub’s stadium out of five. I guess I’ll end this as Ferris did, “Life moves pretty fast; if you don't stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it”.