Ferris Bueller’s Day Off (1986)


Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5

USA, 1986.  Paramount Pictures.  Screenplay by John Hughes.  Cinematography by .  Produced by John Hughes, .  Music by , , .  Production Design by .  Costume Design by .  Film Editing by .  

Teenagers have always been huge fans of this John Hughes comedy, and those who were teenagers when it was first released are still quite fond of it.   plays a slick youngster who has made cutting school an art form:  the faked parental voices speaking to the teachers, the dummies in the bed, etc., have made it possible for him to play hookie from high school totally undetected on more than one occasion. Convincing his best friend () to join him on one particular self-made holiday, the two conspire to help bust out pal  out of class while avoiding detection by their anally retentive principal (). Broderick also gets Ruck to ‘borrow’ his dad’s new Ferrari, and the threesome spend a day having a ball at Chicago’s Art Institute, crashing a parade and eventually landing themselves in a police station.   is delightful as Broderick’s sister, a less-intelligent scam artist who finds it unfair that her brother gets away with things she never can. Lots of fun.

Golden Globe Award Nomination:  Best Actor-Musical/Comedy (Matthew Broderick)


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