Thursday, August 9, 2012

Discuss: Ferris Bueller's Day Off

Doug:  Had a little neg-love come up about this film a few weeks ago.  What sayest the majority?


david_b said...

Good morning everyone.. Back to BAB Movie Review again.

This was another wonderful, fresh film, which broke the mold back in '86. As Doug will attest, once again beautiful Chicago was featured. Without knowing a lot about backstory, you can tell by watching it, it was edited quite intelligently to keep a spry, zippy, artistic story-telling vibe, as much a director's film as much as an 'actor's film'. I never tire watching it.

Not to 'bore anyone to tears' with my typical backstory tales of favorite flicks, but I did see this on on E! a few months ago, it was quite good. I didn't know the actors playing Ferris's parents were seriously dating in real life, hence their 'cozyness' in their scenes. Apparently that scene with Cameron's dad's car had to be filmed several times to get it right. Several big stars wanted to be cast, but they were thought to overshadow 'Matthew-as-Ferris', so were turned down.

An awesome film, one of my Top 10 all-time favorites.

Edo Bosnar said...

I really like this one - it is easily the best film ever done by John Hughes, far, far better than his usual fare, filled as they are with teen angst. In fact, it often viciously lampoons the teen drama films of the 1980s, including the ones done by Hughes himself.
It's also notable for one of the first, brief cinematic appearances of Charlie Sheen - I wouldn't mention it otherwise as I'm not really a fan, but it is probably the best role he's ever played...

Garett said...

I remember liking Broderick in this, and also in Ladyhawke, Election and Wargames. The only one I've seen recently again is Wargames, and it was surprisingly good. Fun to see the old '80s computers!

dbutler16 said...

I saw this a year or so ago for the first time in decades. I thought it held up very well. Still funny. Even though it does glorify lying and skipping school.

Actually, I went through a run of 80's classics last year - Dark Crystal, Adventures in Babysitting, Willow, Baron von Munchausen, Conan (both of them), Say Anything, Planes, Trains and Automobiles, The Goonies, Labyrinth, Pew-Wee Herman, and Road Warrior, to name way more than a few. Most of them were still very enjoyable, though Baron von Munchausen wasn't as good as I remembered, and while I don't remember Pee-Wee being great, I thought it would at least have better dumb humor.

J.A. Morris said...

I generally don't like John Hughes' movies, but I always liked 'Ferris'. I like it better today since I've actually been to Chicago.

david_b said...

The parade climax was outstanding..!! It was done in midst an actual parade, parts of the Twist&Shout sequence were just made up on the spot.

I like how Hughes has said how featuring so much of Chicago was his 'love letter' to the town. Ah, who could ask for a better homage.

I even loved the commercial Matthew did last year for the Super Bowl. He puts that deadpan Ferris face on and looks at the camera, and I'm rolling.

dbutler, you mentioned 'Planes, Trains, and Automobiles' another classic, and it's got an ending that still makes me cry.., when Candy brings Martin home and they meet Steve's wife. That scene along with the music...? Forget it, I lose it.

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