Ferris Bueller’s Day Off

The 80s. What a cool decade. I love how bright everything was, at least in the movies. Clothes were flashy, hair was puffy and music was cheesy, and all this in a real fun way. As for movies, the decade was one of the most memorable. The most representative films are undoubtedly the high school comedies, because that’s where style is most present. I mean, a business man from the 80s is kinda similar to one from nowadays, while teenagers are way different, fashion wise at least. If there was one quintessential director in the 80s, it was John Hughes, and “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off” might be his best film.

Ferris is a cool, funny and smart high schooler with more than one trick up his sleeve. On one particularly lovely day, he decides to skip school and go for a wild ride around Chicago. He takes with him his best friend Cameron, a neurotic who lacks self-confidence, and Sloane, his beautiful girlfriend. The trio spends all day having big wholesome fun while avoiding to get caught by Ed Rooney, the school principal.

Hughes’ screenplay is inventive and hilarious from start to end. The characters are super cool and the dialogue is sharp. Hughes’ direction is also highly satisfying. I think I love this film so deeply because of Matthew Broderick’s unforgettable performance. Hughes had the brilliant idea of having him commenting the action to the camera. It gives the film a really irreverent feel. Broderick is just so cool in the film! I love how he achieves to gets out of any situation. Alan Ruck and Mia Sara are also real good as his friends, and I enjoyed Jeffrey Jones’s buffoonery. Even Charlie Sheen can be seen as a young punk.

The plot is simple, but it ain’t pointless. Cameron really grows during the film, as Ferris convinces him that he shouldn’t be so scared of his dad. The movie is also filled with awesome scenes. One of the most memorable scene takes place during a German-American parade. Ferris jumps aboard a float and starts singing “Twist and Shout” while practically the whole town is dancing to the tune. This film is truly one of my favorites.