If you grew up in the 80’s you remember the terrible clothing, the cheesy hair bands, the awesome cartoons, and Ferris Bueller being the coolest kid on the planet! He was cooler than Van Wilder and like a less vulgar member of the Apatow crew. He was the kid I wanted to be when I got to high school; needless to say I was never as cool as Ferris. I remember trying to fake being too sick to go to school, but unfortunately my parents weren’t quite as gullible as the Buellers.
The plot of this film, in case you were born after the 80’s or were just incredibly sheltered, is about Ferris Bueller (Matthew Broderick) and his day off from school. He fakes being sick in the morning to get out of school and then has an awesome day in the city of Chicago with his girlfriend Sloane and his best friend Cameron. All the while the school’s dastardly principal (played hilariously by the spastic and maniacal Jeffrey Jones) is on a mission to prove that Bueller is a phony.
It’s an incredibly simple premise, but because of that the comedy is allowed to exist simply and nothing seems forced. It’s a fun ride to watch Bueller’s Gang wherever they go, whether it’s a very chic restaurant they don’t belong at or the stock market or a baseball game or crashing Cameron’s dad’s Ferrari it’s all fun! There’s enough signature John Hughes slapstick with Jeffery Jones fumbling around like a baffoon trying to spy on Bueller and eating a face full of mud, only to be chased by the family dog. The film keeps moving and I found it incredibly entertaining even after not seeing it for 15+ years. This film still works!
Bueller is still relatable and funny because everyone wants to be like Ferris, he’s cool and funny and charming. It’s really no wonder why Matthew Broderick took off after this film. There’s truth to Ben Stein’s droning teacher, we all had a teacher like that in high school. And even though Jeffrey Jones is over-the-top, it works because he is so invested in outing Ferris’ “too sick for school” scheme. The acting is very 80’s but good 80’s. It has the nostalgia factor and the innocence, never dipping into the “dick and fart” jokes of today’s comedy megastars. It remains fresh and funny, without vulgarity (not that I’m a prude at all, it’s just nice to laugh at something that’s genuinely funny and not just shocking).
This film was a monumental comedy for me as a kid and very influential for comedy filmmakers and actors of today. If you don’t own it already, Blu-ray doesn’t hurt. I wouldn’t say that you have to see Ferris in HD, but it does add a bit. All the features, however, are the same as the last special edition DVD, but that doesn’t mean they aren’t awesome!! Some great archival stuff here, especially “The Lost Tapes.”
– Getting the Class Together: The Cast of Ferris Bueller’s Day Off
– The Making of
– Who is Ferris Bueller?
– The World According to Ben Stein
– Vintage Ferris Bueller: The Lost Tapes
– Class Album