DIRECTOR: John Hughes
May Contain Spoilers!
John Hughes was the king of mainstream comedy in the 1980’s. With hits such as The Breakfast Club, (1985), Trains, Planes and Automobiles (1987), Uncle Buck (1989) and Home Alone (1990) to name a few, the late John Hughes made stars out of his cast members, with most annoying being Macaulay Culkin !
Ferris Bueller’s Day Off has become a classic. The bizarre story of a high school boy who schemes to bunk of school for a day, and take his girlfriend (Mia Sara) and his up tight best friend (Alan Ruck) out for a life changing adventure, seems to press all the right nerves. Bueller (Matthew Broderick) is one of those, “who butter doesn’t melt“, even though he’s a rogue and liar. He’s effectively a Politician, kissing babies whilst stealing their candy.
Their adventure is ridiculous but heart warming, as they end up performing dance numbers at carnivals, destroying priceless sports cars and blagging their way into expensive restaurants, whilst his sister (Jennifer Grey) and his Principle (Jeffrey Jones) are hell-bent on proving his deception, to no effect.
The magic of this film, and that’s the best word to describe it, is that it defies reason both on and off the screen. The film is weird yet entertaining and relatable, whilst the fact that the movie is relatable also defies reason! I would recommend this anyone alive in the 80’s, though I suspect that the impact will have been softened as the decades have rolled on.