Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, which hit theaters 25 years ago this week and will soon be re-released on Blu-Ray and DVD, inspires a special kind of reverence in suburbia. “Today you’d be hard-pressed to find an American high-school yearbook that doesn’t quote somewhere in its pages Ferris Bueller’s view on existence,” author Susannah Gora writes in her book You Couldn’t Ignore Me If You Tried: The Brat Pack, John Hughes, And Their Impact on a Generation. Before going with a bromidic Bob Dylan lyric, I almost made my own senior quote, “Life moves pretty fast. If you don’t stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it.” In hindsight, it seems about as profound as a fortune cookie. I guess being 17 is a good excuse for banality.
I find it interesting that someone would take the 25th anniversary of the movie as an opportunity to apply a metaphorical scalpel to a movie about high school kids skipping school for one day.
I like the movie. I don’t think I’d call it a “perfect” movie, but then I wouldn’t give that designation to any movie. Even “Citizen Kane” has moments of profound pomposity, and “Mary Poppins” has Dick Van Dyke’s abysmal “English” accent.
But I’d be hard pressed to recommend a movie which provides an equivalently universal high school senior dream for the day than Ferris Bueller’s Day off.
I mostly am glad Glen Reynolds linked this article so I remember to get the Blue Ray when it comes out. And I don’t buy many movies on Blue Ray.