Ferris Bueller's Day Off

Published August 4, 2019

Ferris Bueller's Day Off

Film info

  • Title Ferris Bueller's Day Off
  • Director John Hughes
  • Year 1986
  • Run time 1hr 43m
  • Genre Comedy
  • Tagline One man's struggle to take it easy

Ferris Bueller. Larger than life. Blessed with a magical sense of serendipity. He's a model for all those who take themselves too seriously. A guy who knows the value of a day off. Ferris Bueller's Day Off chronicles the events in the day of a rather magical young man, Ferris (Matthew Broderick). One spring day, toward the end of his senior year, Ferris gives in to an overwhelming urge to cut school and head for downtown Chicago with his girl (Mia Sara) and his best friend (Alan Ruck), to see the sights, experience a day of freedom and show that with a little ingenuity, a bit of courage and a red Ferrari, life at 17 can be a joy!

Live blog

Time Comment
1:27 Baby is in this??
4:37 “It’s a little childish and stupid but then, so is high school.”
9:03 How many pencils can you keep in your hair I wonder.
11:40 This teacher is genuinely the worst.
13:48 “Think you’ll be alive this weekend?”
21:48 I feel like messing with the headteacher is just going to make things worse.
25:41 The run-walk past doors-run thing is hilarious.
33:45 What on earth does leave my cheese out in the wind mean?
41:39 “I’m suggesting you leave before I have to get snooty.”
43:47 He is a clever one, this Ferris.
51:08 Jennifer Grey is a very angry young lady in this one.
55:07 Random Star Wars theme tune.
1:10:46 What’s with the in-house intercom? I want that.
1:14:45 “You can’t respect someone who kisses your ass. It just doesn’t work.”
1:25:22 I knew it was coming, the car thing, and it was still epic.
1:29:27 So Jean has zero chill when it comes to the Sheen.
1:34:53 Ah, they tricked me, forgot about the headteacher!
1:42:51 “You’re still here? It’s over. Go home. Go.”


My overwhelming thought after watching this was simply that it was not at all the film I thought it was going to be. Perhaps I should have expected it because whilst John Hughes does good teen comedy, he’s not averse to sneaking in some serious content and thought-provoking issues at the same time.

So whilst this was a fun romp about a cheeky teen having a day off school and the unlucky headmaster going overboard trying to catch him out, there was a lot more to it. There were some serious moments about depression, about growing up, about life in general. I knew the moment with the car was coming but it was framed so differently to just seeing it in a clip that it still took me totally by surprise.

The film took a little while to get going, but held plenty of surprises to make up for it - Baby having total rage all the time, the weird moment of Star Wars, and the post-credits scene. All fun. I can see why this is a classic.

Rating: 4 / 5

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