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Sika’s 100 Greatest Movies of All Time! 66. Ferris Bueller’s Day Off (1986)

August 13, 2011

66. Ferris Bueller’s Day Off [DVD] (1986)

Plot: Ferris Bueller (Matthew Broderick) has played hooky a number of times, and this time he’s got the entire school believing he is on the verge of death. On this special “sick day”, Ferris invites his friend Cameron (Alan Ruck) and girlfriend Sloane (Mia Sara) to a day of fun out on the town.

Principal Ed Rooney (Jeffrey Jones) is determined to prove Ferris is faking his illness and Ferris’s agitated sister Jeanie (Jennifer Grey) has the same mission.
Genre: Comedy
Also Starring:
Cindy PickettLyman WardBen SteinEdie McClurg
Written and Directed by: John Hughes
Length: 103 min
Budget: $6,000,000 (estimated)
Gross Revenue:  $70,136,369

One Man’s Struggle To Take It Easy (tagline)

Review: There are four actors I almost can’t stand; James Spader, Mare Winningham, Eric Stoltz and Matthew Broderick. And don’t ask me to explain why, because I can’t. It might be the way they look or the way they act, either way they scare me.

Favorite Quote:
Ferris[after making a horrible noise with a clarinet] Never had one lesson!

This movie is however so good, not even the fact Matthew Broderick is starring in it can ruin it for me. And I planned to write a long review but then I found this review already written by some guy named Johns and decided to copy him instead. Here it is.

The plot is a smug brat bunks off school. Him, his girlfriend and his best mate, someone who appears to have some kind of behavioural disorder, decide to hit the town and have fun for a day. What do they do? They go to a fancy restaurant, visit a mediocre art gallery, watch some baseball and visit the stock exchange. At the stock exchange the boy with the behavioural disorder spends his time copying the hand movements of the traders.

Best bit: a cameo by Charlie Sheen, seemingly playing himself.

Ferris’s dad reminded me a bit of the Michael Douglas character out of Wall Street, as he says in one scene to a work colleague, “We know he’s got the money, we’ve just got to make him sell.” A perfect gift for the naked capitalist in the family.

Hahaha, I find that review hilarious. But seriously, I love this movie and believe it ought to be in every movie lover’s collection.

Nerdiest Movie Trivia: John Candy auditioned for the role of Cameron Frye, but producers turned him down fearing he was too old for the part.

On a side note: Is it just me or is anyone else fed up with the song Twist and Shout? I blame Michael Bublé.

PREVIOUS ON THE LIST: 67. The Hannibal Lecter Trilogy (1991, 2001, 2002)


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