Movie: Ferris Bueller’s Day Off
Release Date: June 11, 1986
Director: John Hughes
Starring: Matthew Broderick, Mia Sara, Alan Ruck, Jennifer Grey, Jeffrey Jones, Edie McClurg, Charlie Sheen.
Tag Lines: “While the rest of us were just thinking about it…Ferris borrowed a Ferrari and did it…all in a day.”
“Because life is too beautiful a thing to waste.”
“One Man’s Struggle To Take It Easy.”
Relevance: In the summer of 1986, most of my friends went to see ‘Ferris Bueller’s Day Off’ in theaters. All of those friends, after seeing it, could not stop talking about it. Have you ever felt like you were the odd man out? Have you ever felt like you were the only one not in on the joke? Since I did not see the film with them, that is exactly how I felt. After finally watching it when it arrived on home media, I wanted to kick myself for not seeing it with them, as it became one of my favorite movies that year.
‘Ferris Bueller’s Day Off’ was released in June of 1986 to rave reviews which aided in its huge success at the box office. It was a big hit, eventually becoming the tenth highest grossing film of that year. Everyone that I knew saw it. When I headed back to school that fall to start my Sophomore year in high school, it was pretty much what everyone was talking about. I was determined to see it as fast as humanly possible. I can’t remember if it was late 1986 or early 1987 when I finally saw it on VHS, but when I did, I finally knew what everyone was talking about. The film was genius.
The cast, the direction, the story, the music and the quotable dialogue was all typical John Hughes, and yet at the same time was something completely fresh and different. Even though I knew Matthew Broderick from other films, I fell absolutely in love with him as Ferris Bueller. “Ferris Bueller, you’re my hero.” That is exactly how I felt about him after watching the movie. He was my hero. I wanted to look like him, act like him and be him. However, he was the epitome of cool and everything I wasn’t. But when I watched the movie, for those two hours, I was him and I was the coolest kid on the block.
The movie became a constant at my house when it aired on HBO and became a favorite of my entire family. Everyone, especially my mom, laughed heartily at Ferris, Cameron, Sloane, Mr. Rooney and Grace. Especially Grace. There was something about Edie McClurg’s performance in this role that cracked up my entire family. The movie just caused so much joy. Everyone would quote the movie around the house as well as sing Yello’s “Oh Yeah” all of the time. It became our family theme song in 1987.
‘Ferris Bueller’s Day Off’ became more than a movie, it became a cultural phenomenon that has lasted decades. The movie remained one of my favorites to watch, quote and live by. Ferris’s attitude on life has always stayed with me and as difficult as life can sometimes be, I always try to pull it off with that sly Ferris smile and wit.
Today’s Thoughts: “Life moves pretty fast. If you don’t stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it.”
‘Ferris Bueller’s Day Off’ is a movie that I have watched over and over again throughout the years, including at least once this year already. Back in March, when I needed something to take me away from the cruelty of life, it was playing on one of the many television stations we get on the Dish Network. I watched it and laughed just as hard as I did the first time I did. I laughed just as hard today when I watched it again.
This is such a classic film and it is always such a joy to watch. John Hughes was a brilliant filmmaker and really knew how to tap into the mindset of a 1980’s teenager. I loved falling back into that mindset today. For two hours, I felt happy, carefree and optimistic all because of a character named Ferris, which ironically is not my favorite attraction at an amusement park. As much as the script is pure perfection, the performance of Matthew Broderick is what makes this a superb film. Equally impressive is the rest of the cast including Mia Sara, Alan Ruck, Jennifer Grey, Jeffrey Jones, Edie McClurg and Charlie Sheen. Each wonderful, but yet again, Ms. McClurg is the one that makes me laugh out loud the most. “Well, makes you look like an ass is what he does, Ed.”
If you haven’t seen ‘Ferris Bueller’s Day Off,’ drop everything you are doing right now and watch it. If you have seen it and you don’t like it, you are dead to me. Seriously, it is one of the greatest films from the 1980’s and one of the greatest comedies of all time. Pure joy.
“Hey batta batta batta hey batta batta batta swing batta!”
Awards: Golden Globe for Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture – Comedy or Musical, Matthew Broderick (nomination), National Film Registry (2014).
Ways to Watch: YouTube, Google Play, Vudu, Amazon Prime, iTunes, DVD Availability.