140 Character Movie Review – #140RVW
It’s the 100th anniversary of the opening of Wrigley Field, but I’ve already reviewed a lot of Cubs films. This has the one great Cub scene.
Spoiler-free Movie Review of Ferris Bueller’s Day Off:
The rare movie that is exactly as good as its reputation, Ferris Bueller’s Day Off is one of John Hughes’ most beloved films for good reason. Yes, the actors are far too old to be playing high school students. That’s it. That’s my criticism.
It’s just a hell of a good time. Not as insightful or meaningful as his other teen comedies, it’s a much more straightforward ride. And there’s nothing in the world wrong with that.
As is typical in his films, the teens have all the great lines, and the adults are a bit underwritten, but that’s not really a problem for this story. Hughes wrote the screenplay in less than a week!
Matthew Broderick is ridiculously charming in what would have been a star-making role – if he wasn’t already a star. As Cameron, Alan Ruck is absolutely fabulous in what was only his third film. The two have a easy-going camaraderie made believable by their previous experience working together on Broadway. Mia Sara completes the trio capably as Ferris’ girlfriend Sloane. Would their roles have been better filled out by alternate choices Emilio Estevez and Molly Ringwald? I don’t think so.
The supporting cast is excellent, led by Jeffrey Jones as the Dean of Students. Jennifer Grey & Charlie Sheen are good, but no one approaches Ben Stein’s economics teacher.
There are so many quintessential Chicago scenes. The film really is Hughes’ love letter to his city. It’s great when a filmmaker lets their obvious love for a place so deeply saturate their art.
Alright, that’s enough. Go watch it again – you know it’s been too long. Enjoy Ferris breaking the fourth wall and reacquaint yourself with quotes you’ve known for so long you forgot they were quotes. #SaveFerris
The Representation Test Score: C (6 pts)
|Main Cast||Matthew Broderick Ferris Bueller, Alan Ruck Cameron Frye, Mia Sara Sloane Peterson, Jeffrey Jones Ed Rooney|
|Release Date||Wed 11 Jun 1986 UTC|
|Plot||A high school wise guy is determined to have a day off from school, despite of what the principal thinks of that.|
|Tagline||While the rest of us were just thinking about it…Ferris borrowed a Ferrari and did it…all in a day.|
|Writers||John Hughes (written by)|