Ferris Bueller's Day Off (1986)
IMDB Rating 7.9/10 103 min - Rated 15 Comedy | Drama
Stars: Matthew Broderick, Alan Ruck, Mia Sara Director: John Hughes
It’s a beautiful day in Chicago, and Ferris Bueller (Broderick) has decided that school is not the place for him today and so, after persuading his parents that he’s at death’s door, he calls in sick. He next persuades his best buddy, Cameron (Ruck), to ‘borrow’ his father’s irreplaceable 1961 red Ferrari, and they then swing by school to kidnap Ferris’s girlfriend, Sloane (Sara). The trio now set off on a joy-ride around Chicago which includes joining a street parade, whereupon Ferris commandeers a microphone and treats Chicago to his (brass-band-packed) rendition of ‘Twist and Shout’. Meantime, the school principal (Jones) is after him, as is Ferris’s jealous kid sister Jeannie (Grey); both are fed up with the way Ferris is ‘always getting away with things’. The day off also gives Ferris the chance to do something important: to give his depressed friend Cameron some time and encouragement. Ferris Bueller’s Day Off is one of the funniest and most delightful of John Hughes’ ‘Brat Pack’ comedies. It is also the only one that doesn’t feature Anthony Michael Hall and Molly Ringwald. Hall had been offered the part of Cameron, but turned it down lest he be typecast. (Cameron was, in fact, played by a 30-year old Alan Ruck). The film does, however, have Brat-Packer Charlie Sheen in a side-splitting cameo role as a drugged-to-the-eyeballs boy that spiteful Jeannie encounters at a police station. To get the necessary spaced-out effect, full method acting would have been a step too far, but Sheen did keep himself awake for 48 hours before the scene was shot.