Ferris Bueller’s Day Off + Podcast (VERY COOL!!)


Clay Petersen, Eater of Oranges

Ferris Bueller’s Day Off   

9 out of 10 Red Ferraris


Ferris Buellers’s Day Off was written and directed by John Hughes and stars Matthew Broderick, Alan Ruck, Mia Sara, and Jennifer Grey. One of the classic 80s teen movies, it reflects the decade as well as the timeless fun of high school. It came out in 1986, 9 years before Post Malone was born, and 12 years after the death of Duke Ellington.

This movie is about the loveable Ferris Bueller’s final day of freedom of the semester. He already missed 9 days, and if he misses another one this semester, Principal Ed Rooney has threatened to keep Ferris from graduating.  After persuading his best friend Cameron to steal his father’s prized Ferrari for the day, Ferris is on a mission to show his girlfriend Sloan and Cameron the best day of their lives. Meanwhile, they must dodge everything from parents to sister to sinister principals.

This was a movie that was jam packed with comedy for all ages, from fart jokes to those that only the mature at heart (coz I totally am) would understand. There were a few scenes that genuinely had me laughing. I loved Ferris and his willing-to-do-anything, charismatic character. I thought Cameron was perfectly portrayed. Ferris was exactly the loveable character he was made out to be at the beginning and his level of preparation for the day was immaculate and hilarious. Ferris was always six steps ahead of the other characters and had me excited for what the next step of his plan would entail. However, I did find it a little out of character when he accidentally spend too much time with Sloan and was nearly late getting home. 

Don’t get me wrong, I absolutely loved this movie, but it definitely has some issues, mostly minor continuity errors. For example, when they were trying to reverse the miles on the Ferrari, it was implied the wheels were turning backward, but in reality they were turning forward. There were also a lot of visible boom mics throughout the film. 

Watching this movie, I couldn’t happen but think a little bit about one of my childhood favorite shows, Phineas and Ferb. I saw a parallel between the two cinematic universes, with Jeanie Beuller being Candice, the big sister obsessed with busting her brothers, and Ferris Bueller being Ferb and Phineas, who create elaborate inventions in their backyard without their parents knowing. Think about it, Jeanie’s one and only goal is to hold Ferris responsible, just like Candice. Nobody ever believes her when she tells them about it and it always works out just perfectly for Phineas and Ferb. 

Overall, Ferris Bueller’s Day off is an amazing movie about a lovable kid who everything works out for. He’s been planning his perfect day and just wants to share it with his friends. This was not a movie I expected to like, but with every scene I was more and more invested in the entertaining plot and characters.