Genre Grandeur – Ferris Bueller’s Day Off (1986) – Encore Review – MovieRob


For this month’s next review for Genre Grandeur – Youth-Led Movies, here’s a review of Ferris Bueller’s Day Off (1986) by Me.

Thanks again to Sally of 18 Cinema Lane for choosing this month’s genre.

Next month’s genre has been chosen by Bubbawheat of Flights, Tights, and Movie Nights and we will be reviewing our favorite Animated Comic Book/Strip Movies.

Please get me your submissions by the 25th of Feb by sending them to animatedbubbawheat@movierob.net

Try to think out of the box! Great choice Bubbawheat!

Let’s see what I thought of this movie:

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“The key to faking out the parents is the clammy hands. It’s a good non-specific symptom; I’m a big believer in it. A lot of people will tell you that a good phony fever is a dead lock, but, uh… you get a nervous mother, you could wind up in a doctor’s office. That’s worse than school. You fake a stomach cramp, and when you’re bent over, moaning and wailing, you lick your palms. It’s a little childish and stupid, but then, so is high school. ” – Ferris

Number of Times Seen – Too many to count (Theater in ’86, cable, video, DVD, 23 Jul 2013 and 28 Jan 2020)

Link to original reviewHere

Brief Synopsis – On a beautiful spring day, a high school student decides to skip school and have the time of his life around Chicago.

My Take on it – This is another film that sprung to mind when Sally mentioned this genre.

I recall seeing this film in the theater when it came out the summer that I was 12.

I obviously didn’t understand it as well as I do now, but it still was quite fun to watch unfold.

This is a film that epitomizes the kind of dreams that a teenager might have of how to live a carefree life.

Matthew Broderick is superb in the title role and helped make this character become so iconic over the years due to his performance.

It still amazes me the numeber of activities that these characters chose to do over the course of the day.

It actually allows us to not only see the diversity of things to do in Chicago on a warm Spring day but also shows the innovative mindset of this character who wants to get the most out of this day and not just waste it.

watching this film makes me wonder what teenagers of today would think of such a story and more importantly whether they would also wish to have a jammed packed activity day or just be content on their I-Phones all day instead.

This film has an amazing soundtrack that adds so much to the atmosphere of the story as things move in some great and fun directions.

This film is quite quotable and most of the quotes are still relevant today which helps make this story feel even more timeless.

Bottom Line – Amazingly fun film all about the carefree kind of life teenagers can live. Broderick is superb in the lead role and helped make this character become so iconic over the years. The amount of activities that these characters manage to accomplish over the course of this day is great and allows us to not only see the diversity of things to do in Chicago on a warm spring day but also shows the mindset of a teenager at the time who actually wishes to do something with this day and not just waste it.  The soundtrack is superb and helps add so much to the ambiance of things as the story progresses in some really fun directions.  Such a quotable film that still resonates so well even after over 34 years. Highly Recommended!

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – During the parade several of the people seen dancing (including the construction worker and the window washer) originally had nothing to do with the film. They were simply dancing to the music being played, and John Hughes found it so humorous, that he told the camera operators to record it. (From IMDB)

Rating – Oscar Worthy (9/10) (no change from original review)

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