Ferris Bueller’s day off is a timeless teen comedy. Matthew Broderick as Ferris, plays a lazy teen who is not only intelligent and full of ideas but is also a rebel who loves to take on the establishment. He decides to take the day off from his school because it is a lovely sunny day and not to be wasted on school. This day is spent galavanting around Chicago along with his girlfriend Sloane and best friend Cameron. The whole movie is about the adventures of the day and how each character in the movie gets an insight into their own lives during the course of this day.
While it was released in 1986, I (as usual) saw it pretty late…in 1990, when the ‘Ferris Bueller’ in my life insisted I watch it.I just loved the movie, though I never saw myself as Ferris, I already had one at that time. In fact I identified more with this friend Cameron! In the great words of Ferris, “Cameron is so tight that if you stuck a lump of coal up his ass, in two weeks you’d have a diamond”. The way Ferris speaks about Cameron in this movie is somewhat similar to what my Ferris would describe me, though not as bluntly.
Ferris Bueller is such an iconic character! He did everything I could not even think of doing! From hacking into school records to update his attendance to bullying Cameron into stealing his dad’s favorite vintage Ferrari GT California. His hold on Cameron is so strong that when he calls Cameron (who does not want to take the call) just has to because he can’t help it. Yes, I have been there too.
The whole movie is just so wonderfully written and directed that I think it will still appeal to the same age group in any generation. The beauty lay in the fact that Ferris, in his own mischievous ways, blurted out some of the most simple, but hard hitting truths of life. In those days of course we did not get it, but now 20 years later, they do hit hard.
From singing songs in front of thousands of people to helping Cameron get over his fears – Mr Ferris Bueller is a Rockstar!
What makes this movie so special for me is that the Ferris in my life too ensured I got those fun experiences and loosened up quite a bit. After all these years – thinking about the movie and the fun times always makes me smile.
Times have changed and so have we over these years. This friendship of ‘Ferris’ and ‘Cameron’ has weathered many storms but still stayed strong. We may not hang out that often or have the outings we used to, but the camaraderie remains. Just like the movie, he does remain the special person in my life who I still can’t say ‘No’ to. The lovely memories of those days together in school and college always make me smile. He has stood by me through thick and thin.
Thank you my ‘Ferris Bueller’ for the super memories and standing up for me. Finally, signing off with this quote from Cameron
“I am not going to sit on my ass as the events that affect me unfold to determine the course of my life. I’m going to take a stand. I’m going to defend it. Right or wrong, I’m going to defend it!”
The movie trailer on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K-X2XzKqBiE