Ferris Bueller’s Day Off (1986) [review]

This is a pure joy to watch as we not only have Ferris himself go through all we wished we could at that age. There is also Cameron Frye (Alan Ruck) and Sloane Peterson (Mia Sara) who come along for the ride. Although, I do see them just as much a perfect part of what we enjoy here. The three of them are a great trio and there is a perfect dynamic between them. Although, there are moments which it feels Ferris comes across as a user when it comes to Cameron. There is a monologue to camera in which Ferris realises that after leaving school, the pair will probably find themselves no longer in each other’s company, that it may not be the strongest of friendships after all.

Ferris being the kind of person willing to take chances and take his closest friends with him, showing them there is more to life than has been preached to them by older generations… by those who have been jaded by what their lives have become.

Jeanie Bueller (Jennifer Grey) is the perfect jealous sister who finds it hard to let go of the idea that her brother is excellent at getting away with so much. Throughout the day she tries to prove that he is not as perfect as people think he is. Ed Rooney (Jeffrey Jones) is great, knowing that Ferris is up to something, and therefore goes out of his way to prove what he knows.

When it comes to John Hughes films, especially his 1980s work, he managed to write teen films in ways which were relatable and did not treat the character or audience as some kind of creature that anybody over the age of twenty one must look down upon.

The film very nicely takes us through a day in the lives of those involved, with many gloriously funny moments, touching moments and ideas of what we should not lose as we grow up. Sad to say that life can take the joy out of us if we let it. This is a perfect reminder that we can take life too seriously and we should try to enjoy our lives when we can, do not take it all for granted and take a day off and enjoy yourself. It’s not as much hard work as we’ve let ourselves believe… at least not all the time.

So, if you get the chance, take a look at this film, remind yourself of its brilliance and let it jog your memory of your younger days,  let it rub off on you, behave like the rules should be at least bent.

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