This movie is a great “what if” scenario. With 1986’s “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off”, we get a look inside the teenage mind during the 1980s by seeing what would happen if a young man decides to skip school one day and spend some time with his friends. In this movie, the late John Hughes wrote and directed a fine comedy about an ordinary kid who just decides to play hooky and treat his friends to the city of Chicago. Though the film is great, it does suffer from one minor flaw that comes from the main character. “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off” offers a student in high school a chance and an opportunity to see how one day away from the classroom can change a person’s life around.
The plot centers on young Ferris Bueller (Matthew Broderick), a teenager who fakes his parents out by pretending he is extremely ill. They fall for it, like the dumb parents they are, and Ferris stays home from school. So, Ferris gets his best friends Cameron and Sloane (Alan Ruck and Mia Sara) and together, they have a pretty good day in Chicago. This ranges from dining at a fancy restaurant to a song-and-dance routine during a parade. Meanwhile, the dean of students, Ed Rooney (Jeffery Jones) decides that he’s going to catch Ferris Bueller and keep him in school for another year. For you see, Ferris has missed school almost ten times, and Rooney is going to put an end to this once and for all.
“Ferris Bueller’s Day Off” is a great comedy classic. This is because of two things: the superb writing of John Hughes, and the cast in their respective roles. What makes the writing work is that John Hughes wrote situations that teenagers were dealing with at the time. This is true with the films that he made; from 1984’s “Sixteen Candles” to 1985’s “The Breakfast Club”, the man knew what situations and problems were facing teenagers at the time. And “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off” is no exception. The script that is provided here offers a lot of laughs, great dialogue, and a perfect look at what a student goes through during high school. “Life moves pretty fast. If you don’t stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it.”
The next great aspect that truly shines in this film is the cast. Everyone is perfect in his or her respective roles, and this holds true from the main leads. Matthew Broderick, Alan Ruck, and Mia Sara really shine, as the three students who decide to take the day off from school are absolutely great. The reason behind this is because the characters that the actors portray are so recognizable that they are kept in the audience’s mind forever. The rest of the cast is good as well, including a brief cameo from future ‘Two and a Half Men’ star Charlie Sheen.
The only problem that holds the movie together is that throughout the film, Ferris talks to the camera and gives a little lesson on how to break the rules of everyday life. This is fine and all, but this is something you would see on a stage production. Breaking the fourth wall does work, but it gets a little bit annoying as the movie winds down to the end. These inner thoughts would have worked better had they been narrated by Ferris, but they discussions he gives are pretty good.
Overall, “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off” is a comedy that is well worth watching. The writing is fantastic, despite breaking the fourth wall, the cast is perfect, and it still is quite enjoyable to watch. This film shows the life of a teenager as he forgets school for one day and just enjoys himself.