Ferris Bueller’s Day Off
Ferris Bueller, never at a loss for words of wisdom, became an instant phenomenon and teenage icon in John Hughes’ 1986 cult classic, Ferris Bueller’s Day Off. Just admit it… you wanted to be him, or you wanted to be dating him.
Ferris, played by Matthew Broderick, was a high school student tired of the meaningless monotony of classrooms and paperwork, who decides he’d rather school himself, his girlfriend Sloane Peterson (sporting a killer white leather jacket with cowboy tassles), and best friend Cameron Frye (the one who’s so tight that if you stuck a lump of coal up his ass, in two weeks you’d have a diamond), on the experiences to be had in Chicago.
Ferris comes up with an elaborate scheme to convince Principal Edward Rooney (the man who could “squish their nuts into oblivion”), his incredibly naive parents, and his sister Jeannie (bitter much?), that he’s come down with a serious case of clammy hands, which in turn, snowballs into a mystery illness worthy of a “Save Ferris” fund, which is advertised on the town’s water tower. As one classmate put it best, “Um, he’s sick. My best friend’s sister’s boyfriend’s brother’s girlfriend heard from this guy who knows this kid who’s going with the girl who saw Ferris pass out at 31 Flavors last night. I guess it’s pretty serious.”
Ferris, Sloane, and Cameron joyride to Chicago in style after “stealing” Cameron’s dad’s red Ferrari, much to Cameron’s dismay. The three hit up a Cubs’ game, visit the Sears Tower, and check out the Art Institute of Chicago. They also find time for a fancy lunch (with Ferris posing as Abe Froman, the “Sausage King of Chicago”) and narrowly miss a run-in with Ferris’ dad. Of course the day wouldn’t be complete without Ferris singing “Twist and Shout” from atop a float during the Von Steuben Day Parade (which actually was going on at the time and was not created for the movie.)
As Ferris put it: “We’ve seen everything good. We’ve seen the whole city! We went to a museum, we saw priceless works of art! We ate pancreas!” I really don’t think you can take advantage of a day playing hookey any better than that.
In the end, Ferris makes it back to his bed just moments before his parents arrive home from work, only to find Mr. Rooney waiting for him: “Les jeux sont faits. Translation: the game is up. Your ass is mine.” But then, in a surprising move, Jeannie covers for Ferris, and the powers that be are fooled by his clever trickery (Yes, of course they are.)
Cameron was right. “Ferris Bueller, you’re my hero.”
We ♥ Ferris Bueller’s Day Off.
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