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Ferris Bueller's Day Off (1986)

aka Ferris Bueller's Day Off

"One man's struggle to take it easy."

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Details: 103 mins · English · PG-13 (USA)


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A practically perfect movie...

Timeless classic, the parade scene has me singing outloud every-time.

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the quintessential teen comedy

This film is pretty much the perfect feel-good two hours - a simple teen comedy that, while heightened, captures the sense of possibility and wonder when you're a teenager. It's a film that would never get made today. Today, it would double down on gross-out humor and dick jokes, put the fate of the world at stake, and definitely have clearly-delineated messages about depression and education and what-have-you. Anyone who has ever had a day of crazy adventures can relate to the pure joy found in this movie. It's so abundantly clear why this is such a classic, because I can watch it again and again and never be bored of it.

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Funny film. Silly. Ridiculous, but well done.

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"One man's struggle to take it easy."

"Leisure Rules"

"One Man's Struggle To Take It Easy"


As the movie opens, high school senior Ferris Bueller (Matthew Broderick) decides to skip school on a nice spring day by faking an illness to his parents (Lyman Ward and Cindy Pickett). He goads his depressive best friend Cameron Frye (Alan Ruck) to join him, and despite Cameron's objections, they take Mr. Frye's prized 1961 Ferrari 250 GT California convertible in a ruse to get Ferris' girlfriend Sloane Peterson (Mia Sara) out of class. Word of Ferris' supposed dire illness spreads improbably through both the school and the city, and sympathy and donations for his care come in (a running gag throughout the film), but two people see through the deception: Ferris' sarcastic sister Jeanie (Jennifer Grey), outraged by his ability to get away with misbehavior, and the school's Dean of Students, Edward Rooney (Jeffrey Jones), who believes Ferris to be truant.

Ferris, Sloane, and Cameron drive into downtown Chicago, leaving the Ferrari with two garage attendants, who promptly take it on a joyride behind their backs. The three friends experience a charmed, carefree day in the city, including lunch at a fancy restaurant, a Cubs game at Wrigley Field, and visits to the Sears Tower, the Art Institute of Chicago, and the Chicago Mercantile Exchange. Ferris crashes the annual Von Steuben Day Parade, lip-synching on a float as the crowd joins him singing and dancing.

Meanwhile, Mr. Rooney goes off-campus to try to find Ferris. He goes to the Buellers' home where he is briefly fooled by Ferris' voice greeting him through the intercom, but quickly figures out that it's a recording rigged to the doorbell. In his efforts to gain entry to the house, he is chased by the family's dog, and his clothes are ruined. Jeanie returns home with the same intention, and she and Mr. Rooney surprise each other inside. She mistakes Rooney for an intruder and calls the police, but he leaves to chase down his car, which is being towed for parking in front of a fire hydrant. The police take Jeanie to the police station for filing a false report, where she talks to a drug addict (Charlie Sheen), who tells her that she needs to stop worrying so much about Ferris and more about herself. Jeanie becomes increasingly annoyed with the addict but is found kissing him when her mother arrives to pick her up.

At the end of the day, Ferris and friends retrieve the Ferrari, but discover on the way home that over a hundred miles have been added to the odometer. Cameron, fearing his father's reaction, freaks out and appears to go catatonic, but eventually responds, confessing that he'd been faking it, while contemplating how he has allowed his fear of his father to dominate his life. Back at Cameron's house, they jack up the rear wheels of the car and run the engine in reverse, but it does not remove the miles on the odometer as they expected. Cameron unleashes his pent-up anger against his father, kicking and damaging the front of the Ferrari. He realizes it is time for him to stand up to his father and vows to accept the consequences of the damage he has done. Calmly leaning against the car, he accidentally knocks it off the jack, and with its wheels still spinning in reverse, it crashes through the glass wall of the garage, landing in a ravine behind the house. Ferris offers to take the blame, but Cameron insists that he will take it himself.

Ferris walks Sloane home, and they begin to reflect on the day when Ferris realizes he has five minutes to get home before his parents discover him missing. As he runs home, he has close calls being spotted by each of his parents, and Jeanie (driving her mother home) races to get there first to expose him. He is caught at the back door by Mr. Rooney, who tells Ferris to expect another year of high school under his close personal supervision. However, Jeanie has found Rooney's wallet on the kitchen floor, and figured out that he was the intruder. With a change of heart, she uses this knowledge to tacitly blackmail him into letting the matter drop, and leaves him to be attacked by the dog. This gives Ferris just enough time to get back into bed before his parents check on him, leaving them convinced of his good character.

During the closing credits, Rooney hobbles down the street and is picked up by a school bus full of his students. At the end of the credits, Ferris emerges from the bathroom and chides the audience to go home.

Release Dates:

Theatrical : 1986-06-11 : United States of America

Theatrical : 1986-08-14 : Norway

Theatrical : 1986-08-21 : Australia

Theatrical : 1986-10-23 : Argentina

Theatrical : 1986-12-04 : Italy

Theatrical : 1986-12-12 : Finland

Theatrical : 1986-12-17 : France

Theatrical : 1986-12-18 : Netherlands

Theatrical : 1986-12-18 : West Germany

Theatrical : 1986-12-19 : Austria

Theatrical : 1986-12-19 : Sweden

Theatrical : 1986-12-26 : Denmark

Theatrical : 1987-01-08 : Hong Kong

Theatrical : 1987-02-20 : United Kingdom

Theatrical : 1987-02-27 : Portugal

Theatrical : 1987-02-28 : Japan

Theatrical : 1987-03-06 : Uruguay

Theatrical : 1987-04-24 : Spain

Theatrical : 2006-08-02 : United States of America

Theatrical : 2011-03-09 : Canada

Theatrical : 2012-02-04 : Canada

DVD : 1999-10-19

DVD : 2008-08-05