I've been wanting to watch this movie for awhile and had the chance yesterday to see it. One thing I like doing is watching a movie with no prior knowledge of it and before watching this movie, all I knew about it was self-explanatory from its title, that this one kid really just wanted a day off. I was pleasantly surprised by this movie.
Before watching the movie, I was aware of its 7.9/10 rating on IMDB and heard good reviews about it but I did not predict how much I would love it.
It has a light-hearted story line of Ferris Bueller and his best friend and girlfriend taking the day off school but touches on issues involving uncertainty after high school, friendship and strained relationships within families in a way which the audience can relate to the movie without dampening the viewing experience.
Ferris is the one kid in the school in which everything goes his way and that you should hate him but find yourself loving him instead and because he's such an engaging and endearing character, you can't help but root for him to make it through the day without getting caught by his school principal.
There is one particular hilarious scene which Solane's (Ferris' girlfriend) father calls the school to get her out of class. The principal, thinking it's Ferris who's impersonating the father insults him, but then Ferris rings up the school to ask that his sister collect his homework. Then the principal realises that the person who he thinks is imitating Solane's father is not Ferris and assumes he's actually been speaking to Solane's father along.
Then it turns out Solane's father is being impersonated by Ferris' best friend Cameron.
One interesting piece of trivia:
Within the movie, the scene with the economics lecture is unscripted. Ben Stein the economics teacher actually graduated with an honour in economics and was supposed to lecture off-screen but this changed and instead was told to improvise the lecture on camera. Stein said that:
"Everybody on the set applauded. I thought they were applauding because they had learned something about supply side economics. But they were applauding because they thought I was boring...It was the best day of my life."
This is a great movie and I especially recommend it if you need a good laugh or your mood to be lifted. To end this, here are some good quotes in the movie (thank you IMBD):
- Sloane: (talking about life after high school) What do you think Ferris is gonna do?
Cameron: He's gonna be a fry cook on Venus.
- Teacher: Bueller? Bueller? Bueller?
Simone: Um, he's sick. My best friend's sister's boyfriend's brother's girlfriend heard from this guy who knows this kid who's going with the girl who saw Ferris pass out at 31 Flavors last night. I guess it's pretty serious.
Teacher: Thank you, Simone.
Simone: No problem whatsoever.
- Boy in Police Station: You wear too much eye makeup. My sister wears too much. People think she's a whore.
- Ferris: Cameron is so uptight, if you stuck a lump of coal up his ass, in two weeks you'd have a diamond.