Monday, June 18, 2012

Movie Monday: Ferris Bueller's Day Off

Okay, first of all? You should all stop by tomorrow, because Deidre and I had a super exciting, supersized Dessert Day over the weekend and the results will be up!

Secondly, this is probably going to be a little lighter on pictures than my Movie Monday posts usually are, because I STILL have crappy, insanely slow internet. How slow, you ask? Well, I tried to download 8MB of anti-virus updates the other day, and after it took 30 minutes to download 300KB, I gave up. So yeah. It's slow.

If you're a child of the 80s, you've probably seen this movie a thousand times. If, by some tragic miracle, you haven't, I insist that you go and watch it IMMEDIATELY.

Reasons why Ferris Bueller's Day Off is awesome:
1. Matthew Broderick as Ferris Bueller. He. Is. Phenomenal.
2. Alan Ruck as Cameron Frye. As much as I love Ferris, I think Cameron Frye is my favourite thing in this movie. And Alan Ruck is absolutely brilliant, even if he was 29(!) when he was cast.
3. The parade scene. Made even more awesome by the fact that it's a Steuben Parade, exactly like the one Sara and I saw in New York last year. Except that the one we saw didn't feature Matthew Broderick singing "Danke Schoen" on a parade float. Shame...
4. Jennifer Grey as Jeanie Bueller. You probably know her best as Baby from Dirty Dancing. I actually love her more in this as Ferris' sarcastic and slightly bitter "How come everything goes HIS way?" sister.
5. Chicago. It's as much a star of this movie as any of the cast.
6. Mr Rooney. He's an epic douche who gets what's coming to him.
7. Ferris playing "Blue Danube" on his keyboard (which, I might add, takes 5" floppy discs!) in coughing and vomiting sound effects.
8. Grace, Mr Rooney's assistant. She's HILARIOUS.
9. Crashing the Ferrari.
10. A spectacular cameo by Charlie Sheen, in which he basically plays his future self.
11. The hilariously awful 80s hair and fashions.
12. The scene where they lean against the glass of Sears Tower and stare down at the streets below.
13. The restaurant maitre d'.
14. The scene where Cameron's sitting in his car, debating whether to go and pick Ferris up.
15. Ferris interacting directly with the camera.
16. Mr Rooney snooping around Ferris' house, and everything going horribly wrong.
17. The whole of downtown Chicago spontaneously dancing to "Twist and Shout". Gotta love the Beatles.
18. The entire scene at the Art Institute of Chicago.
19. Jeanie coming home to find Mr Rooney in the house. Brilliant.
20. Ferris racing to beat his parents home.
21. Throwing the baseball at the stereo to switch it off.
22. It's a John Hughes movie. They were all pretty spectacular.
23. Ferris convincing various freshmen over the phone that he's dying.
24. "Save Ferris" on the town water tower.
25. Cameron pretending to be Sloane's father on the phone to Mr Rooney.

Plus, the following quotes:
- "Ferris Bueller, you're my hero."
- "What'd I do?" "You killed the car..."
- "Look, this... This is not a phoney phone call. There is an intruder, male, Caucasian, possibly armed, certainly weird, IN MY HOUSE. Yeah, name is Bueller. Yeah, it's real nice that you hope my brother's feeling better, but I'm in danger, okay?? I am very cute, I am very alone, and I am very protective of my body. I do not want it violated or killed, alright?? I NEED HELP! SPEAKA DA ENGLISH?????"
- "Life moves pretty fast. If you don't stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it."
- "May I speak to Abe Froman, the sausage king of Chicago?"
- "What's the score?" "Nothing-nothing" "Who's winning?"
- "How could I possibly be expected to handle school on a day like this?"
- "You're not dying. You just can't think of anything good to do."
- "Oh, he's sick. My best friend's sister's boyfriend's brother's girlfriend heard from this guy who knows this kid who's going with the girl who saw Ferris pass out at 31 Flavours last night. I guess it's pretty serious."
- "Bueller... Bueller... Bueller... Bueller..."
- "Pardon my French, but Cameron is so tight that if you stuck a lump of coal up his ass, in two weeks you'd have a diamond."
- "I didn't hit you. I lightly slapped you."
- "I am not gonna sit on my ass as the events that affect me unfold to determine the course of my life."
- "He doesn't feel well." "Yeah, right. Dry that one out, you could use it to fertilise the lawn."
- "If you're not over here in fifteen minutes, you can find a new best friend." "You've been saying that since the fifth grade."
- "[sings] When Cameron was in Egypt's land/Let my Cameron gooooooooo"
- "Hey batter batter batter batter batter SWING batter."
- "Ladies and gentlemen, you are such a wonderful crowd, we'd like to play a little tune for you. It's one of my personal favourites, and I'd like to dedicate it to a young man who doesn't think he's seen anything good today - Cameron Frye, this one's for you."
- "Not that I condone fascism, or any -ism for that matter. -Isms in my opinion are not good. A person should not believe in an -ism, he should believe in himself. I quote John Lennon, "I don't believe in Beatles, I just believe in me." Good point there. After all, he was the walrus. I could be the walrus. I'd still have to bum rides off people."
- "The key to faking out the parents is the clammy hands. It's a good non-specific symptom; I'm a big believer in it. A lot of people will tell you a good phony fever is a dead lock, but, uh... you get a nervous mother, you could wind up in a doctor's office. That's worse than school. You fake a stomach cramp, and when you're bent over, moaning and wailing, you lick your palms. It's a little childish and stupid, but then so is high school."

I don't think I can deal with it if anyone hates this movie. So I shall instead ask you who your favourite character is and what your favourite scene is. Aaaaaaaand...GO!

K xx


  1. YES. Every word of this post.

    I've seen this movie to the point of having most of it memorized, and never get bored with it. It's one of my favorite movies, and a local theatre played it on the big screen last month.

    Also, you forgot one of the awesome parts! When Rooney goes up to the girl at the pizza place!

    1. Crap, I knew I'd forget something!! That part is truly spectacular.

  2. I have a 'save Ferris' tshirt. That is all.

    1. EXCELLENT. I love that one of the bands on the 10 Things I Hate About You soundtrack is Save Ferris. It combines two of my favourite teen movies into one big ball of spectacular.

  3. They all think he's a righteous dude.

    Also... The clarinet playing ("never had one lesson") scene kills me. Every. Single. Time. I literally die from laughing. And then I rise from the dead, because I can't miss the rest of this movie.

    Also also... I have totally stood on the observation deck of the Sears Tower and leaned my he'd against the glass like they did in this movie. It is one of my proudest achievements.

    1. As much as I love the clarinet playing scene, as a former clarinettist, it kills me to watch it. I can't help but go "Argh, your embouchure is all wrong, and that finger doesn't go there and that reed is CLEARLY too hard". So yeah...

      That would be one of my proudest achievements too. Sadly, I didn't get time to go up the Sears Tower when I was in Chicago last year. I'm still kind of bummed about it (I went up John Hancock Tower instead).

  4. I agree with Justin- EVERY WORD OF THIS POST!!!!!

    And go Chicago.

    1. When I went to the Wikipedia page for this post to get the movie poster image, I was disturbingly excited about the fact that Wrigley Field played this on the big screen for the 25th Anniversary. It's only fair, seeing as they recorded those scenes at a real baseball game!

  5. God I love this movie.

    So, I have this thing where "I am very cute, I am very alone" is one of those things that I like to randomly quote in my life. Like if everyone is leaving the house. If I'm walking in a dark parking lot. Even if I'm surrounded by people who don't find it nearly as amusing as I do.


    Quoting Ferris 'til I die!

    1. I will ALWAYS find that amusing. So, you know, if you run out of people in Florida to find it amusing, you should move here. That is all.

  6. Clearly I picked the right time to start reading your blog. Awesome movie. And I will now have "Twist and Shout" stuck in my head for the rest of the night. "Well shake it, shake it, shake it baby!"

    1. Welcome! :) And yeah, it's really hard to get that song out of your head once it's in there. Although I've found that 'Danke Schoen' is actually worse. That one is a MAJOR ear worm!!

  7. Loooooooooove me some Ferris Bueller. Love Broderick. Love pretty much everything about this movie.

    ...which is why it's nigh on impossible to pick just ONE SCENE, waaaahhh!


    I really can't pick. Maybe when Cameron is hemming and hawing about picking Ferris up? Such a deceptively simple scene but so hilarious because, well, not only is Cameron's internal struggle shown so awesomely on his face, but it also speaks of the friendship dynamic between the two mates.

    (Suddenly I feel like I'm back at school and writing a mediocre paper for English. :P)

    I also love the scene after they've discovered how much mileage the valet guys did on Cameron's dad's convertible...and Cameron's breakdown face, bwahahahah.

    But, really, I love it all. ALL!!


    1. I'm torn as to whether my favourite scene is Ferris on the parade float or Cameron hemming and hawing. I love them both, for completely different reasons. But yes. So much love for this movie. SO MUCH LOVE.

  8. Ohhh, loved this post and your points....took me right back to watching the movie! A classic!
    Amazingly, I was a late bloomer when it comes to this movie, although I don't really understand why - it's hilarious! Have certainly watched it enough to catch up tho! Ha!


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