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Ferris Bueller's Day Off (DVD, 2006, Bueller...Bueller...Edition/ Checkpoint)

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Ferris Bueller's Day Off - The Quintessential 80's Film

Mar 22, 2011
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Pros:great story, well paced, excellent cast, funny moments, good DVD extras

Cons:nothing

The Bottom Line: One of the best films of the 1980's. John Hughes was a pure genius in the teen film genre.


John Hughes pretty much defined the teen movie genre in the 1980'. What's even more remarkable about it is that the films he wrote and/or directed back then still stand the test of time and resonate still today.  The Breakfast Club was probably the definitive movie of this generation (my generation) and gave some real insight into the social climate faced by teens including pressure to conform against their parent's expectations and influence all while trying to carve out their own paths in life.

As much as there are those who say Ferris Bueller's Day Off was a light, frivolous film, watching it again recently I realized just how much depth there was to this script that Hughes churned out in just a few days.  Much of the credit for that probably goes to the cast he had to work with as he was able to develop certain aspects of the story more fully that hold up to teen angst throughout the generations.

The story is rather simple. Ferris Bueller (portrayed by Matthew Broderick) has managed to score nine sick days so far from school without really being sick. He wants another day off, but must be convincing not only to his working parents, but the school as well.  The purpose of this day off is to have some fun with his best friend Cameron (portrayed by Alan Ruck) and girlfriend Sloane (portrayed by Mia Sara).

The three take off in Cameron's father's classic Ferrari and do the town.  Along the way there is a lot of fun, some of it not so realistic but still fun, nonetheless.  There's also a bit of self-discovery as both Ferris and Cameron contemplate their lives.

Ferris Bueller's Day Off  was a break-out film for Matthew Broderick, although War Games first brought him to public notice, It was Ferris Bueller's Day Off  that launched his career.  There's great on-screen chemistry with his two co-stars.  He an Alan Ruck had a friendship already which helped create the bond on-screen between Ferris and Cameron.  Mia Sara really fell in nicely to the threesome as Ferris' girlfriend.


Besides the introspection of Ferris and Cameron, Ferris Bueller's Day Off  dealswith a lot of sibling rivalry issues between Ferris and his sister, Jeanie (portrayed by Jennifer Grey). This is the interesting dynamic to me as her character evolves throughout the course of the day. This is especially true when she meets a juvenile delinquent while sitting at the police station (portrayed by Charlie Sheen). He mirrors some stuff back to her and it changes her outlook.

If there's a common theme through many of Hughes' films, it's his disdain for those that run the educational institutions the teenagers in his films attend.  Here, Principal Rooney (portrayed by Jeffrey Jones) is Ferris' foil. He's treated like more of a cartoon character than realistic, but it makes for a lot of fun.

On DVD, there are enough special features to make it worthwhile, especially the interviews with the late John Hughes.  His candidness on how the film was developed only makes the fact that it is such a good film more amazing.  I also enjoyed listening to Ben Stein talk about how his role here changed his life and unlike other actors who get upset that they are known for one particular character or role, he seems to embrace it.

There's nothing I didn't enjoy about watching this again, and it was even fun to check it out with my own kids. If you haven't seen Ferris Bueller's Day Off in a while, do yourself a favor and check it out.


SPECIAL FEATURES:

• Getting the Class Together - The Cast of Ferris Bueller's Day Off
• The Making of Ferris Bueller's Day Off
• Who is Ferris Bueller?
• The World According to Ben Stein
• Vintage Ferris Bueller: The Lost Tapes
• Class Album



© 2011 Patti Aliventi


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