As an adolescent in Chicago, John Hughes’ films really served as my interpretation of what high school was going to be like. Unfortunately, my very own high school years was no where like a Hughes film but still those movies played an intricate part in my life in providing an entertaining look at teendom. Now after watching “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off” those nostalgic feelings of my teenage years come back but with a more realistic context.
“Ferris Bueller’s Day Off” is about Ferris Bueller (Matthew Broderick) a high school senior who decides to skip school in order to spend a day in Chicago. He enlists the help from his best friend Cameron Frye (Alan Ruck) and girlfriend Sloane Peterson (Mia Sara) in fooling his ever vigilant Dean of Students Mr. Rooney (Jeffrey Jones).
Cameron is a nervous wreck who has a terrible relationship with his father and Ferris tries to show Cameron a good time in order to get him out of his head. Ferris is also wary about life after high school and doesn’t know how his relationships with Sloane and Cameron is going to be. With all of this Ferris is being tracked down by suspicious Mr. Rooney and his younger sister Jean (Jennifer Grey).
I have watched this movie so many times over the years and I still find it to be one of the best teen films ever made. Hughes had an uncanny eye for capturing the pettiness and confusion of teenagers who are wrapped up in their own worlds. This film also has a cameo from Charlie Sheen as a philosophical juvenile delinquent in a police station which is both funny and quite interesting. With just a few lines he completely steals the scene.
“Ferris Bueller’s Day off” is a film that revolves a fun-loving teen who is uncertain of his future and losing those relationships that are close to him. He decides to immortalize one single day in order to have that memory with him for the rest of his life and he does a pretty successful job of that.