Ferris Bueller's Day Off

'Ferris Bueller's Day Off' is an iconic comedy film that was released in 1986. Directed and produced by acclaimed writer, John Hughes, of 'Sixteen Candles', 'The Breakfast Club' and 'Pretty in Pink' fame, the movie became one of the top-grossing films of that year.

With Matthew Broderick taking the lead role as Ferris Bueller, the feel-good teen movie focuses on Ferris pulling a sickie from school for the day, as seen in the trailer. By persuading his girlfriend Sloane (Mia Sara) and his best buddy Cameron (Alan Ruck) to tag along, the trio borrow Cameron's dad's flashy car to explore Chicago. Viewers get to glimpse what the city has to offer, when the threesome visit the Art Institute of Chicago, Sears Tower, Mercantile Exchange and Wrigley Field. They also worm their way into a posh restaurant and participate in a parade float, where they woo the crowds to Beatles tunes.

Wagging school isn't just something Ferris Bueller wants to do for fun, but he hopes that a day out from school can help to boost his friend Cameron's self-respect, which has been dented by his controlling father.

It's not all plain sailing for the trio, however, as Ferris's sister Jeanie doesn't believe he is genuinely ill, and Dean of Students, Edward Rooney, also sets out to try to prove that Ferris is faking it. Rooney attempts to break into the Bueller home to gain evidence of the truancy, but when he's rumbled by Jeanie, she calls the police and gets herself in trouble for wasting police time when Rooney does a disappearing act.

Ferris and his two comrades discover that the extra miles on Cameron's dad's car will get noticed, so they unsuccessfully attempt to reverse this, causing damage to the vehicle. Although Ferris offers to take the blame, Cameron decides that now is the right time to stand up to his domineering father.

As time ticks by, Ferris knows that he'll need to get home fast before his parents and sister, and after an altercation with Rooney, he manages to rush back to his bed feigning illness, just in time.

What makes this film unique is that Ferris breaks the fourth wall throughout the flick, where he addresses the audience. He gives viewers tips on how to pull a sickie from school, and without this audience dialogue, it would also be difficult to understand more about his friend Cameron's character and dilemma. Although a natural at telling fibs to others in the film, Ferris speaks honestly and openly to his audience when breaking the fourth wall. He's often philosophical, with his quote 'Life goes by so fast. If you don't stop and look around, you could miss it', being a standout line in the film.

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