Throwback Thursday (movie) | Ferris Bueller’s Day Off (1986) PG-13

Ferris tbt_75I’m not trying to bash this film because it really isn’t bad at all, it just doesn’t live up to its hype.




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I know this movie is super well known, but when I was asked to review an 80s movie this week, I decided to watch this because I’ve never seen it. And now you’ve gasped and you’re thinking, “seriously?” but yes, I’m serious. Ferris Bueller’s Day Off is one of those films that teachers constantly show clips of and reference in class, and people talk about it so much that I feel like I’ve already seen it and never bothered to actually watch. So I finally did it, and just know that I went into this with ridiculously high expectations.

Ferris Bueller’s Day Off is a good film, but I would not call it great, and I don’t see why everyone has been obsessed with it for years. This is a comedy, and I didn’t laugh at all during it, but I have a really specific sense of humor so that may be why. I will say that I think if I had been in high school when I first saw this film, I would have loved it. Ferris Bueller (Matthew Broderick) is a fantastic character—I definitely would have wanted to date him in high school. I also love the story of spending a day with your best friend and your girlfriend before you all part ways. It’s very touching. Leaving my friends when I went to college was a huge struggle for me, so I could relate to that really well.

I didn’t know that this movie broke the forth wall so often, and I really loved that. The premise was ridiculous to begin with because no parents would ever be that gullible, so having Ferris address the audience directly and say “I can’t believe they bought that” really worked for me.

Alan Ruck, who plays Ferris’ best friend Cameron in the film, is quite underrated. I’ve never heard anyone talk about him, but I think Cameron is the character with the most depth, the most growth, and is also the most interesting.

I did not understand Ferris’ sister Jeanie (Jennifer Grey) at all. From her first scene, she’s a fireball of anger, and then she’s just pissed off the whole movie. I’m fine if a character is upset about something, but I didn’t find it the least bit believable that she could really be THAT upset about her brother ditching school. It was like her entire life revolved around him and it was just weird. And then she completely changed her attitude in the last scene, with nothing in between to show what she learned or what she changed. That was very annoying.

I’m not trying to bash this film because it really isn’t bad at all, it just doesn’t live up to its hype. It is now streaming on Netflix, and I would say it’s worth seeing. People who saw this film years ago and loved it will most likely enjoy it again, and if you haven’t seen it, then like me you’ll at least be satisfied with the ability to say you’ve seen it. While I don’t think it’s amazing or particularly special, Ferris Bueller’s Day Off did hold my attention the entire time, and the story is cute. | Samantha LaBat

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