Not to exaggerate, but this weekend marks the 30th anniversary of the BEST MOVIE OF ALL TIME!!!
Released on June 11, 1986, the world was introduced to Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, and with it one of the most iconic and enduring movie characters of all time.
For those who haven’t seen it, for shame! Ferris Bueller’s Day Off is one of the most quotable and utterly beloved movies of my generation. It’s the tale of a charismatic high school student who decides to skip school (teaching us the ultimate way to fake a sickie in the process) and rope in his girlfriend and best mate for the ride of their lives. Of course, it’s ultimately about a lot more than that, but it’s stood the test of time because it’s so god damn relatable.
It’s no secret that mega-fans LOVE this movie. The city of Chicago recently held Ferris Fest, a weekend-long celebration of all things Bueller. You could tour well-known locations featured in the movie and there was a Q&A with the actors who played Ferris’ parents, who actually got married in real life. Did you also know that Matthew Broderick (Ferris) got engaged to his on-screen sister Jennifer Grey after meeting on the set of this movie? But that was before he went on to marry Sarah Jessica Parker. That’s right, the most popular guy in school totally married Carrie Bradshaw – makes total sense, doesn’t it?!
If you’re somehow STILL wondering what makes Ferris and his Day Off so freaking unreal, here are 5 of the best moments that make it one of my go-to feelgood flicks:
- “Bueller?? Bueller??”
I mean, how many times did some smart ass at your school start calling out “Bueller? Bueller?” when your teacher was doing the roll call at school?? Better still if you were ever in class and the topic of economics came up so you could discuss “something d-o-o economics. Voodoo economics”
- “You’re not dying, you just can’t think of anything good to do”
The gentle nudging you can only get from a mate, Ferris wants his best friend Cameron to quit his whinging and get busy living. Ok, so part of his motivation is wanting Cameron’s dad’s 1961 Ferrari to go hooning around the city in, but the logic is still foolproof. Cameron needed to find the fun and luckily his bestie knew how to help him.
- “Cameron Frye, this one’s for you”
No one dances like no one’s watching quite like Ferris Bueller. When Cameron dares to suggest that “he hasn’t seen anything good today”, Ferris takes it upon himself to commandeer a street parade float and lip sync battle the hell out of “Danke Shoen” and the Beatles classic “Twist and Shout”.
- “Abe Froman – the Sausage King of Chicago”
If you want to successfully sweet talk your way into an uber-fancy restaurant for lunch with your squad, this is the alias to use. Ferris manages to stand up to the snooty (or snotty) maître d’, and with a little help from his friends, gets treated like a VIP.
- “Life moves pretty fast… if you don’t stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it”
Seriously, who knew Ferris Bueller could be so philosophical?! This quote sums up the tone of the movie perfectly and taught this little goody toe-shoes that sometimes not playing by the rules is ok. In fact, it might just be EXACTLY what you need.
Of course, there’s STACKS more I could have mentioned! The singing telegram who comes oh-so-close to rhyming with “pluck”, the hidden scene at the end of the credits, when Ferris and Cameron sing “HEY batta batta batta sah-wing batta” at the baseball or when Ferris’ sister calls the cops and then hooks up with bad boy Charlie Sheen at the police station.
But after all these years and countless viewings, there is still one thing that I just don’t get. When Charlie Sheen asks the sister Jeannie what her name is, she answers: “It’s Jean, but most guys call me Shauna”
WTF does that even mean?? How do you get Shauna from Jean?! I’d love it if someone could tell me!
So even if you’ve seen it a million times before or if it’s your first viewing – pay Ferris and his friends a visit this weekend and enjoy the cheeky awesomeness all over again.
Ferris Bueller, you’re my hero.
What’s your favourite moment from Ferris Bueller’s Day Off?