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Ferris Bueller's Day Off (1986)

Updated: Oct 16, 2022


Plot Summary: Ferris Bueller (Matthew Broderick) has an uncanny skill at cutting classes and getting away with it. Intending to make one last duck-out before graduation, Ferris calls in sick, "borrows" a Ferrari, and embarks on a one-day journey through the streets of Chicago. On Ferris' trail is high school principal Mr. Rooney (Jeffrey Jones), determined to catch him in the act.


*Recognition: 1 Golden Globe Nomination for Matthew Broderick, #10 movie of 1986


What is this movie is about?: Life moves pretty fast. If you don't stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it.


Best Performance: Matthew Broderick

Best Minor Performance: Alan Ruck/Ben Stein

Most Charismatic Award: Matthew Broderick

Best Scene: Cameron wrecks the car, Ferris races home

Favorite Scene: George Peterson/Ferris explaining how to fake sick

Most Indelible Moment: Lip-syncing in the Parade/Ferris races home


Best Line:

Ferris: Life moves pretty fast. If you don't stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it.


Honorable Mention:

Ferris: Cameron has never been in love... at least, nobody's ever been in love with him. If things don't change for him, he's gonna marry the first girl he lays, and she's gonna treat him like shit, because she will have given him what he has built up in his mind as the end-all, be-all of human existence.


Funniest Line:

Ed Rooney: I don't trust this kid any further than I can throw him.

Grace: Well with your bad knee Ed, you shouldn't throw anybody... It's true.


The Stanley Rubric:

Legacy: 8.75

Impact/Significance: 6

Novelty: 8.25

Classic-ness: 7.25

Rewatchability: 9

Audience Score: 9.2

Total: 48.45


Remaining Questions:

  • How rich are these kids' families?

  • Why does Rooney hate Ferris?

  • How did they do all of this in one day?

  • Why does Jeannie change her mind?

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