Ferris Bueller's Day Off. This movie has been a favorite of mine since I was a kid (it's as old as I am!! Crazy!!), and honestly it's still classic today. Every time I see it, my appreciation grows more and more because they just don't make them like this anymore.
While I was watching it, I couldn't help but think that EVERY character in the film is funny and makes you laugh at least once. Do you know how really rare that is? I don't know if I could think of another movie that completely accomplishes that feat...but maybe you can in the comments below. Anyway, it was funny because I was watching a very poorly edited version on the plane that changed a lot of the hilarious dialogue so that it was almost unrecognizable! It's kinda funny when you watch t.v. and they do that to films....my favorite was Pineapple Express, where instead of calling people "a-holes", they called them "cash-rolls" or "casseroles" Haha! There were too many in Ferris, but I can't remember them all. The only one I do recall was Jeanie telling Charlie Sheen to "control himself."
Speaking of the character of Jeanie...As I watched the movie, I came to a horrible realization. I am her. She is me. Haha! She's been one of my favorite characters for years, but this time watching it and noticing how short her fuse is and seeing her hilarious attitude towards everything around her, I couldn't help but relate too well. The only other character I've been able to relate with that well in my life has been Merriweather, the blue fairy from Sleeping Beauty. Haha! I sure paint an optimistic profile for myself don't I? Ah well, at least I'm honest.
But back to Bueller. This movie seriously makes me laugh so hard. I was mad because I missed one of my favorite sequences because the movie was turned off when the flight left the ground. The part in question? When Cameron and Ferris call up Mr. Rooney and Grace pretends to be him. Basically anything with Grace in it is gold...or Jeanie. They both crack me up. Also I gotta say, that final scene during the credits with the weirdo girl and the gummy bear always makes me laugh...but as weird as the girl is, the boy on the bus who watches them is just as great. His reactions make that scene. Also another favorite scene would have to be the snooty waiter, but I missed that one too. So great. "I weep for the future." Also the classic high school scenes need to be mentioned for their very accurate portrayal of the boredom a student feels day in and day out. Those scenes never fail to make me laugh. And of course, I always found Ferris' advice regarding school very enlightening.
Now, here are some questions about the film to discuss. Why do you think Jeanie finally stands up for Ferris in the end? You might say that she was finally taking Charlie Sheen's advice, but that doesn't make sense either since she was so determined to get home to screw him over moments before. Is it that she just hates Mr. Rooney more than Ferris? What do you think? Also, it was interesting reading comments from other people about how the movie is much more about Cameron than it is about Ferris. I'd say this is true. The question is, what will happen to Cameron now? Totally unrelated side note, but this time I noticed during the parade scene when Ferris is absent that Sloane and Cameron are holding hands. If I were Ferris I wouldn't be okay with that! But I guess Ferris just doesn't worry about anything.
Anyway regarding Cameron's fate, I found this funny video on youtube:
Some more random thoughts....sorry this is all so scattered, but I gotta say, the Twist and Shout parade scene is one of those special movie moments. Really, just one of those fine moments in cinema. Another classic thing the movie adds to cinema legacy besides great characters and scenes are like I said, definitely quotes. All of the lines are hilarious, but one of my favorites is Ferris' motto: Life moves pretty fast. If you don't stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it. That said, once again I'm really thankful for my accidental trip to Chicago last fall. When I watch the movie it always reminds me of the day off I spent there too and how happy I was to stop, look around and witness life. I think I'd have to give this movie a 10!