Ferris Bueller’s Day Off (1986)

9.5 Overall Score
Story: 9/10
Acting: 9/10
Visuals: 9/10

Matthew Broderick, Chicago setting


Movie Info

Movie Name: Ferris Bueller’s Day Off

Studio: Paramount Pictures

Genre(s): Comedy

Release Date(s): June 11, 1986

MPAA Rating: PG-13


Don’t worry Cameron, the miles will come off

Ferris Bueller (Matthew Broderick) has a plan…It is his senior year and all he wants if fun. When he convinces his friend Cameron Frye (Alan Ruck) to “borrow” his father’s rare sports car and picks up his girlfriend Sloane Peterson (Mia Sarah), they set out to make the most of a day in Chicago. While Ferris, Sloan, and Cameron celebrate, Ferris’ sister Jeanie (Jennifer Grey) plots to catch her brother and Principal Edward Rooney (Jeffrey Jones) is closing in. Will Ferris and his day off turn into a nightmare?

Directed and written by John Hughes, Ferris Bueller’s Day Off became an ’80s classic and Ferris himself helped inspire the “slacker” movement. Met with positive reviews, Ferris Bueller helped Hughes continue his 1980s string of hits.


This is me keeping a low profile…I even had the parade audience choreograph a number.

Matthew Broderick gave Ferris Bueller life. Hughes actually wrote the role with Broderick in line. He excelled in the role and never has matched it (though he’s come close a few times). He has fun and is so likable that you just want to be friends with him. If you were friends with Ferris, you’d probably hate him like Cameron or his sister. Ferris that guy that always gets away with everything, still gets good grades, and doesn’t have to work for any of it. Everything comes easy to Ferris…everyone wants to be him and hates him at the same time for having so much fun.

If it had just been Ferris, it probably wouldn’t have worked just for this reason. Cameron, Jeanie, Principal Rooney, and even Sloane serve as a balance to Ferris’ fun. You almost want Ferris to get caught. Principal Rooney and Jeanie go through hell because of Ferris and they are right. Ferris is slouching, Ferris is a spoiled brat, yet they both are on the “evil” side. Jeanie gets over her revenge by getting Charlie Sheen as a boyfriend, but Principal Rooney never gets his day.


You know…both of you guys are right…I am kind of an ass.

It is nice to get to see Chicago in the movie because other than John Hughes movies, Chicago rarely seems to be featured in movies. The movie is pretty standard and doesn’t do anything fantastic in its style, but Hughes makes it solid like most of his ’80s comedies.

Ferris Bueller is an institution and a lot of the movie has been absorbed into popular culture since its release. It is a movie that continues to live and cult status grows with even new generations over twenty years later. There have been talks of a remake or a sequel (there was the short lived series with Jennifer Aniston as Bueller’s sister). Hopefully neither will happen because it would ruin it…though I’m sure you’d get to hear Ben Stiller’s droning “Bueller, Bueller, Buller, Bueller….” again.

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