Ferris Bueller’s Day Off — Movie Review #JPMN

This teen comedy was a massive hit in the
summer of 1986, when it earned over eleven times its small five million dollar budget.
Writer, producer, and director John Hughes once again takes us inside the mind and life
of an American teen – on one crazy day of adventures when he decides to skip school.
Matthew Broderick stars as the title character, an aloof high schooler who shuns responsibility
and lives in a dream world without consequences, often explaining his greedy actions via fourth-wall-breaking
soliloquies, including his personal mantra that bookends the film, “Life moves pretty
fast. If you don’t stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it.” Alan Ruck
and Mia Sara play his two best friends, and showcase excellent range and comedic timing
as a threesome, bringing to life a very realistic and ‘lived-in’ sort of friendship – all while
evading their over-zealous principal, played by Jeffrey Jones in an amusing physical-comedy
type role. Jennifer Grey, Edie McClurg, Ben Stein, and a young Charlie Sheen also give
great performances in smaller supporting roles. Although the movie has plenty of memorable
moments, the landmark sequence is undoubtedly Broderick crashing Chicago’s Von Steuben Day
Parade, and lip-syncing to “Twist And Shout” with real life Chicagoans playfully dancing
along with him in the background. The film is a self-proclaimed
“love letter” to the city of Chicago, Hughes does a fantastic job of showing off many famous
places and areas of his Windy City hometown, from the Sears Tower, to the Art Institute
with wonderfully framed anamorphic shots. Kids and teens will enjoy this PG-13-rated
picture, if only as a fantasy realized on the big screen; what if you could skip school
for a day and live life large with your friends in the big city? Certainly plenty of fun and
hilarity to go around – but the movie, especially its titular hero is just shallow. The individual
characters and endlessly quotable dialogue all work well of course, Hughes’ understanding
and handling of teen emotions and thinking saves this picture. Reportedly, he wrote the
entire script in under a week, and honestly, it shows – the disconnected scenes have little
flow between them, and mashed together for no other reason than to pad out the 103-minute
run time. There’s no consequence to any of Bueller’s actions, no remorse, humility, or
lessons learned. In short, he’s a terrible role model who treats his friends like crap,
and gets away with it because the movie needed a materialistic happy ending. That said, a
final race sequence through the suburbs of Chicago set to the funky sounds of Yellow’s
“Oh Yeah” are a great send-off to one of the more iconic characters of 80’s cinema. Ultimately
nothing more than a relatable, but an empty and drown out experience that fails to really
explore the teen psyche or ever impart any morals or wisdom, this is a disposable bit
of fun I won’t be clamoring to watch again any time soon. Ferris Bueller’s Day Off”,
“Pointless overrated fluff that delights”. Here’s what you had to say in the YouTube
comments. Our scores for “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off”,
a EIGHT and a SIX. You loved the characters and funny moments, scoring this a GREAT. While
I definitely had fun watching this movie, Bueller just isn’t a particularly likable
character in my opinion… and since the whole premise rests on relating to his experiences,
I was unfortunately underwhelmed. I’m rating this a GOOD.

10 thoughts on “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off — Movie Review #JPMN”

  1. I respect your opinion, but I don't think Ferris Bueller was supposed to be a sympathetic character. The film was just depicting the juvenile side of high school, showing a character who is obviously not a role model, but is still an interesting character to see what will happen to him. You're not really supporting the things he's doing, because that wasn't the intention. The intention was to depict the juvenile type. But, that's your opinion, and I won't let this post change your mind. Keep up the great vids!

  2. Couldn't agree more with this review/rating. I wasn't blown away by it either. Great job as always and keep 'em coming! 🙂

  3. I've only seen the first 30 minutes or so of this film and it was not a good experience. For some reason, my British Literature teacher thought this went along with her lesson so she decided to show it. She did not own it on video so one of my classmates pulled it up on Netflix on their iPad and reflected it onto the projector. The audio and video were separated by a solid minute. Also, the whole time my teacher was all like "oh don't listen to that!" because she forgot how dirty the language got. I'd like to see it alone at home sometime. 

  4. A film like this takes time to get use to when I first watched this I thought it was ok but I always like the last 20minutes of so. But now this is my all time fav movie 

  5. Sorry Jon for my comment I took it down though if that makes u feel better keep up the good work sorry for the inappropriate behavior

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