Ferris Bueller’s Day Off has officially been out in the world spreading laughter and the overwhelming want to play hooky to its viewers for three decades! I am a HUGE fan of John Hughes, as noted in last year’s CCC post covering the 30th anniversary of The Breakfast Club (see below). For those of you who don’t know the wonders of John Hughes’ films, shame on you, because he has written and directed an endless amount of wonderful films. Some of these exceptional titles including and Pretty in Pink, the National Lampoon’s Vacation Series, Uncle Buck, Sixteen Candles, and Plains, Trains, & Automobiles. Therefore, I thoroughly enjoyed writing this post about my love for another excellent Hughes’ written and directed coming-of-age classic.
The film follows Ferris Bueller (Matthew Broderick) a high-school senior is determined to have one last amazing day-off before he graduates and has to move on with his life and take on the responsibilities of adulthood. He ends up wrangling his uptight best friend Cameron Frye (Alan Ruck) and easy going girlfriend Sloan Peterson (Mia Sara) into his wild adventure. After “borrowing” Cameron’s dad’s car the trio visit several of the major Chicago landmarks including Wrigley’s Field, then Sears Tower, and the Art Institute of Chicago. The film is filled with silly shenanigans and close calls as they’re almost caught by Ferris’s dad and the high-school principal Edward Rooney (Jeffrey Jones).
Ferris Bueller’s Day Off was an instant classic because the characters faced the same hardships we all have had at one time or another about facing the uncertainty of the future. Lastly, I truly love this film because it is riddled with amazing quotes, therefore I had a hard time cutting down the list but I finally settled on my 10 favourites and have included them below so enjoy!
Top 10 Favourite Quotes
“Life moves pretty fast. If you don’t stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it.” – Ferris Bueller
“He’ll keep calling me, he’ll keep calling me until I come over. He’ll make me feel guilty. This is uh … this is ridiculous, ok I’ll go, I’ll go, I’ll go, I’ll go. What – I’LL GO. Shit.” – Cameron Frye
“Gummy bear? It’s been in my pocket; they’re real warm and soft.” – Girl on the Bus
“Ferris Bueller, you’re my hero.” – Cameron Frye
“Hey, Cameron. You realize if we played by the rules right now we’d be in gym?” – Ferris Bueller
“Incredible, one of the worst performances of my career and they never doubted it for a second. How can I possibly be expected to handle school on a day like this?” – Ferris Bueller
“I’m dying.” – Cameron Frye “You’re not dying, you just can’t think of anything good to do.” – Ferris Bueller
“I don’t trust this kid any further than I can throw him.” – Ed Rooney “Well with your bad knee Ed, you shouldn’t throw anybody.” – Grace
“A: You can never go too far. B: If I’m gonna get busted, it is not gonna be by a guy like that.” – Ferris Bueller
“You’re still here? It’s over. Go home. Go.” – Ferris Bueller
As usual, I’ve included a few extra bonus items below for the die-hard fans who want to learn and experience more about the film. The first is a link to a Buzzfeed article that features 21 things you may not have known about the film. The second is the glorious parade scene from the film where Ferris lip-syncs “Danke Schoen” and “Twist and Shout”. Lastly, the third link is to the Super Bowl commercial featuring Matthew Broderick in “Matthew’s Day Off”, which is the closest thing we’ll ever get to a sequel!