“Bueller…? Bueller…?”


“Ferris Bueller’s Day Off,” forever the movie that eternalized the ultimate teenage rebellion fantasy and simultaneously detailed the adventure of a lifetime, remains the quintessential and universally quotable 80’s coming-of-age film. Not only is this movie absolutely genius and so funny you walk that fine line between laughing and crying, there are many important philosophies and life lessons tucked away in this 1986 John Hughes classic; the most important of which is to live life to the fullest and be open to new experiences and adventures rather than falling prey to the “averageness” of life.


The film follows eccentric and charismatic teenager, Ferris Bueller, played by the now legendary actor Matthew Broderick, on the ninth day of school he has skipped during his senior year of high school (“Nine times?” “Nine times.”) — his final hurrah, if you will, as a wild and adventurous high-school teen. Ferris rallies his endearingly neurotic best friend Cameron Frye, played by Alan Ruck, and his beautiful girlfriend Sloane Peterson, played by Mia Sara, and together they embark on their one and only mission: to “make this day great.”


The movie follows these three kids during their epic day of pure unadulterated fun, as the viewpoint of the “problematic, rule-breaking teenager” is presented in a new, more exciting, and ultimately educational light. The movie proves that having fun and enjoying life takes more skill and finesse than one might think, and that perhaps kids are more than just reckless troublemakers, that maybe they are in on something that adults seem to lose somewhere on their journeys that is actually very important to enjoy life.


This iconic comedy, set in the Windy City, not only serves as a convincing advertisement for the beautiful and exciting city of Chicago, but also as an advertisement for life. “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off” succeeds in creating fantastic yet believable and extremely likable characters whom you are bound to connect with, and also providing commentary about the true state of America’s youth and the true state of America’s adults, resulting in a comedic yet profound masterpiece.


The philosophies in this movie embodied by the surprisingly wise and universally adored front man, Ferris Bueller, ring true throughout the ages, adding to the timelessness of this film and leaving some great anecdotal bits of knowledge that can double as universal life-mantras: “Life moves pretty fast. If you don’t stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it.” Now, go forth and “make this day great!” because you have the power.


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