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Ferris Bueller’s Day Off (1986)

To be honest with you guys, I’ve never heard of this film before until 3-4 years ago when I watched Spoony reviewed it. In that video, Spoony’s alter-ego “Dr. Insano” says that the film celebrates slackers and bad behaviors towards children. I know that it’s supposed to be a joke since the video is posted on April’s Fools Say and Spoony later revealed that he loves the film, but I still haven’t seen it…until today.

To my surprise, this is a film that’s not only awesome, it also teaches me something as well. Why do many people (including me) love it? Let’s find out!

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“Bueller?… Bueller?… Bueller”

There’s a reason that tells us why Ferris Bueller (our hero), Cameron Frye (Ferris’ best friend), and Slone (Ferris’ girlfriend) decide to do anything but show up in school: the boredom. Don’t get me wrong, the film doesn’t support slacker behavior or has message like “It’s cooler not to take class in school, maaaan!”. Instead, it shows us one of the reasons kids don’t want to go to school again, which is teacher. Teachers in this film are half-ass teaching kids and don’t care about what they are doing at all. Just look at our Economics teacher, remember that scene when he repeatedly calls the name “Bueller?…Bueller?”? Look, you have been teaching this kids for several weeks (or perhaps several months) and you should know who’s who at this point. Or at least, you should know that when you call that person’s name 2-3 times and no reply, there’s something wrong here and you put know that he or she is absent instead of yelling that name over and over again. Also, teachers in this film are teaching kids without any passion.

For instance, in Economics class, the same teacher is teaching kids about trickle-down economics. How does he teach students you may ask? Well…

In 1930, the Republican-controlled House of Representatives, in an effort to alleviate the effects of the… Anyone? Anyone?… the Great Depression, passed the… Anyone? Anyone? The tariff bill? The Hawley-Smoot Tariff Act? Which, anyone? Raised or lowered?… raised tariffs, in an effort to collect more revenue for the federal government. Did it work? Anyone? Anyone know the effects?

As you can see, not only he’s super boring, his method to create class participation is failed miserably. I don’t think they try to make teachers look bad in this film. According to my experience in school and university, I’ve seen teachers who are totally boring and unattractive to students. So, next time, if you want to make kids interesting in Maths or History, make sure their teachers are interesting enough.

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“The question isn’t “what are we going to do,” the question is “what aren’t we going to do”?”

This is another film that speaks to audiences. Of course, Ferris breaks the fourth wall many times to tell us humorous thing. But, seriously, this film can relate to teenagers since characters in this film are similar to someone in real life. We have…

Ferris: A rich kid and an extremely popular dude in the school. Plus, he’s super smart guy. (Seriously, there are many scene in the film that makes me remind of Home Alone since both Ferris and Kevin McCallister use smart tricks to fool bad guys. Plus, they are John Hughes works.)

Cameron: A nervous guy who always obey his parents and society in general. He’s nervous about life, his future, his education, etc. and easily freaks out when things don’t go according to plan.

Edward R. Rooney: A villain in this film. He’s the dean of students who tries to stop Ferris from having fun. Of course, he thinks Ferris is a slacker, but he crosses the line and later on he tries every possible way to catch Ferris. This could be interpreted as authorities who try to stop us doing things as well. Who knows?

Jeanie Bueller: A sister of Ferris. She always jealous of him since he always gets away with things, but she can’t. She’s a good example of many people who want to have fun in our life but still don’t have balls to get through it.

We all want to be Ferris. We want to be rich, smart, get away with things, and find happiness in our life. Of course, we have many duties to do in daily life, but how do we find fun and enjoyment? According to Ferris himself…

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“Life moves pretty fast. If you don’t stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it.”

That’s right! The film teaches us that we shouldn’t take life seriously. Sure, we all have to work or go to school in order to earn experiences and money, but if you’re depressed because of them, why not try some thing new (or at least change the way we see things)? Cameron and Jeanie are really great examples of us. They want to have fun, but they are not sure how to do it. The lesson of the film is that you shouldn’t take life seriously and you can do anything you want, BUT if anything bad happens…you have to have the balls to standup for yourself.

As depicted in the film, later on, something bad happens to them. Although Ferris braves enough to say that it’s all his fault, Cameron finally says that he’s old enough to take responsibility and he has balls to deal with it, instead of panicking and scared like “old” Cameron at the beginning of this film.

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Overall, this is a very entertaining flick with interesting message. It’s not my most favorite John Hughes film (I still think Pretty in Pink is his best one), but this is a must-see movie for teenagers.

Thumbs up.

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PS. Am I the only one who find Jeanie (Jennifer Grey) cuter and hotter than Slone?

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Nuttawut Permphithak
Nuttawut Permphithak

A student who’s studying in marketing. He usually spends his free-time on watching movies, listening to music, reading books, and creating things you’re probably reading/listening right now.

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