Friday, January 27, 2012

Ferris Bueller's Day Off

Watchable and likeable film about 3 friends who skip school and run amok for the day. Most of the humor's toothless. But, it works as a joyride travelogue.
Plot: Ferris Bueller. Larger than life. Blessed with a magical sense of serendipity. He's a model for all those who take themselves too seriously. A guy who knows the value of a day off. Ferris Bueller's Day Off chronicles the events in the day of a rather magical young man, Ferris (Broderick). One spring day, toward the end of his senior year, Ferris gives into an overwhelming urge to cut school and head for downtown Chicago with his girl (Sara) and his best friend (Ruck), to see the sights, experience a day of freedom and show that with a little ingenuity, a bit of courage and a red Ferrari, life at 17 can be a joy!
Barbara Bush (then Frist Lady) paraphrased Ferris in her 1990 commencement address at Wellesley College:
"Find the joy in life, because as Ferris Bueller said on his day off, 'Life moves pretty fast; if you don't stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it!'"
The film's influence in popular culture extends beyond the film itself to how musical elements of the film have been received as well: Yello's 'Oh Yeah' was used to illustrate the mouthwatering must-haveness of Cameron's dad's Ferrari. Since then, it has become synonymous with avarice. Every time a movie, TV show or commercial wants to underline the jaw-dropping impact of a hot babe or sleek auto, that synth-drum starts popping and that deep voice rumbles, 'Oh yeah...'

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