The Reel Review: Ferris Bueller

Because these are the role models we need.

The Stats- Year: 1986  Length: 103 mins Director: John Hughes Producer: John Hughes  Who’s in it?: Matthew Broderick (who never outdoes this btw), Mia Sara, Alan Ruck

Rating: 8/10. 

‘Bueller…..Bueller….Bueller!’ You probably know the scene well; a bunch of bored teenagers and a disgruntled teacher in the picture that single handedly honed the infamous sickie into an art form. In an era where high school movies seemed determined to deconstruct the dynamics of lunch room society, Ferris Bueller’s Day Off (1986) simply does exactly what a silver screen gem is supposed to: entertain.

So what if he wakes up with a five o’clock shadow although he wasn’t even supposed to be old enough to drink in America yet? Matthew Broderick’s effortless charm and impressively accurate portrayal of a care free middle class teenage boy is as eccentric as it is endearing. Forget the carefully defined and mutually exclusive super jock, geeky and bratty characters who made The Breakfast Club (1985) an instant favourite; A more experienced John Hughes ingeniously manages to throw all these cliques into a pot and stir, the result being Ferris Bueller: The Unlikely (but fully believable) 12th Grade Hero.

For the benefit of mum and dad, Ferris begins the day by transforming the classic false stomach ache into a theatrical performance worthy of Broadway. Intentionally or not, Cindy Pickett and Lyman Ward play melodramatic but unconvincing concerned parents for the entirety of the film-it’s difficult to decide whether to laugh at or sympathise them. Fortunately, true to the nature of the movie, the younger actors steal the show with charismatic performances to make an undisputable classic.

“You can’t stand with us”

Sloane (Mia Sara), Bueller’s mischievous girlfriend impressively balances being a fun counterpart with providing the obligatory eye candy. Alan Ruck earnestly plays Bueller’s comically nervous and easily influenced best friend Cameron. Robin to Bueller’s Batman, Cameron is a faithful partner in crime, impersonating Sloane’s father to help scheme the way through the ultimate doss day. There’s even a brief appearance from young Charlie Sheen as an aloof romantic distraction for Bueller’s endlessly cynical older sister (Jennifer Grey)

Whether you’re a Baby Boomer or of the social network obsessed generation Y (or millenials or whatevs), at the age of 18, there are few things better than abandoning lessons for an unpredictable urban adventure. Who wouldn’t have wanted to commit grand theft auto (a persuasive Ferris manages to convince his best friend to ‘borrow’ his father’s just-for-show Ferrari) and run amok in a televised parade? That’s why it’s irrelevant whether or not today’s audiences were even born when this film was originally released — It’s still a prototype for High School movies (Although Clueless does give it a good run for its money).

With quirky anecdotes and direct conversation with audience, Ferris Bueller is immortalised as the quintessentially light hearted rebel. The kid who was a bad influence (in a good way), the kid who could have given hope to the concept of forever young. Instead, he just grew up and grew up and married Sarah Jessica Parker.

(photo not my own.Obvs.)

Should you watch it?  Yes, even if you don’t like the American Teen genre. Its timeless entertainment. I have given it a higher rating but then…what would i give something like say….Inception??

Also check out:  Sixteen Candles, Weird Science, Clueless (I will always recommend Clueless)

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  1. Great review . I love the fact that its so detailed and a neutral perspective approach. Also that you have used a classic . Using the thematic way of writing is something i personally adore . Love the review . Great work .
    I would be more than happy if you could write a review on my blog site of the movies thats featured . Its based on all reviews included . You could post your feedback of the movies too . People would love to hear your perspective and , i would be privileged to have post it

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