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Classic Review: Ferris Bueller's Day Off (1986)

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It was brought to this reviewer's attention that this day 28 years ago a little movie titled Ferris Bueller's Day Off started playing in theaters. In it's honor, and many classic films afterwards, this reviewer will dedicate some reviews to classic films. Objectively reviewing the film followed by analysis of its lasting effect on pop culture, what better way to get to work than to honor the guy who likes to take days off?

The film center's around the title hero, Ferris Bueller (Matthew Broderick) who is able to fool his parents into believing that he's taken ill (again). He has an elaborate ruse all set up to avoid detection, including a mannequin place din his bed. Ferris is able to recruit is hypochondriac best friend Cameron (Alan Ruck) and girlfriend Sloane (Mia Sara) into the plan as well, all while trying to avoid the wrath of Principal Ed Rooney (Jeffrey Jones) who has tired of Ferris' truancy.

As a comedy, especially a teen centered one, Ferris Bueller's Day Off succeeds on many levels. It is funny throughout with many gags to fill screen-time. The performances from all the actors are also very well done, with a movie surrounding such a wish-fulfilling plot it would have been easy to wink at the camera or play into stock characters. However, writer/director John Hughes keeps the characters grounded while still having fun in the story he's created. It's a fun film and can be enjoyed even on repeat viewings.

As for the pop culture effect, it can be said this movie still has plenty of influence on that. Broderick filmed an ad for the Honda CRV only two years ago that capitalized on the movie. Also, who hasn't at least once quoted Ben Stein in his trademark monotone voice to say "Bueller?...Bueller?..." It could even be said that it was a movie before it's time, as it has a post-credits scene before such things were "cool".

Overall, Ferris Bueller's Day Off is a great, funny, sometimes even sweet film about youthful shenanigans. Do yourself a favor and watch it for old times sake.

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