Ferris Bueller's Day Off

Like a soda pop left open all night, Bueller seems to have lost its effervescence over time. Sure, Matthew Broderick is still appealing as the perennial truant, Ferris, who fakes his parents out and takes one memorable day off from school. Jeffrey Jones is nasty and scheming as the principal who's out to catch him. Jennifer Grey is winning as Ferris's sister (who ends up making out in the police station with a prophetic vision of Charlie Sheen). But there's a definite sense that this film was of a particular time frame: the '80s. It's still fun, though. There's Ferris singing "Twist and Shout" during a Chicago parade, and a lovely sequence in the Art Institute. But don't get it and expect your kids to love it the way you did. Like it or not, it's yours alone. --Keith Simanton

Genre: Comedy, Drama
Production: Paramount Pictures
  Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. Another 1 win.
 
IMDB:
7.8
Metacritic:
61
Rotten Tomatoes:
79%
PG-13
Year:
1986
103
16,315 Views

Grace:
[picks up ringing phone] Ed Rooney's office.

Cameron:
[disguising his voice] This is George Peterson.

Grace:
Oh! Uh, please hold. [to Mr. Rooney] What do ya know? It's Mr. Peterson. You still want his daytime number? [realizing] Oh.

Mr. Rooney:
[on the phone] Ed Rooney.

Cameron:
Ed. This is George Peterson.

Mr. Rooney:
How are you today, sir?

Cameron:
Well, we've had a bit of bad luck this morning as you may have heard.

Mr. Rooney:
Yeah, I heard, and, ooh, I'm all broken up. Boy, what a blow.

Cameron:
Yeah. Yeah. Well, uh, it's been a tough morning, and, uh, we got a lot of family business to take care of, so if you wouldn't mind excusing Sloane, I'd appreciate it.

Mr. Rooney:
Uh, sure. Y'know, I'd be happy to. Yeah. You, uh, you-you just produce a corpse, and, uh, I'll release Sloane. I wanna see this dead grandmother first hand.

Grace:
[suspiciously] Ed?

Mr. Rooney:
[covering the phone; thinking he's talking to Ferris Bueller] It's alright, Grace, it's Ferris Bueller, the little twerp. I'm gonna set a trap, and let him fall right in it.

Grace:
Ooh!

Cameron:
Uh, uh, Ed, I-I'm sorry, did-- Did you say you wanted to see a body?

Mr. Rooney:
Yeah, that's right, just, uh, roll her old bones on over here, and I'll dig up your daughter. You know, that's school policy.

Cameron:
Oh?

Mr. Rooney:
Uh, was this your mother?

Cameron:
Uh, n-no, my wife's mother.

Grace:
[picks up ringing phone] Ed Rooney's office.

Ferris:
Hi, this is Ferris Bueller. Can I speak to Mr. Rooney, please? Thank you.

Grace:
[caught off-guard] Uh... hold.

Mr. Rooney:
Tell ya what, dipshit. You don't like my policies, you can come on down here and smooch my big ol' white butt.

Grace:
[loud whisper] Ed!

Mr. Rooney:
Pucker up, Buttercup. [to Grace; quietly] What?

Grace:
Ferris Bueller's on line 2.

[Ferris and Cameron enter the garage, where Cameron shows Ferris his father's prized possession]

Cameron:
The 1961 Ferrari 250GT California. Less than 100 were made. My father spent three years restoring this car. It is his love. It is his passion.

Ferris:
[eyes the car hungrily] It is his fault he didn't lock the garage.

Cameron:
Ferris, what are you talkin' about?

[Ferris leans on the car]

Ferris:
Ooh!

Cameron:
Ferris, my father loves this car more than life itself.

Ferris:
A man with priorities so far out of whack doesn't deserve such a fine automobile.

[Ferris walks around the car]

Cameron:
No. No. Apparently, you don't understand.

Ferris:
Wow.

Cameron:
Ferris, he never drives it. He just rubs it with a diaper. [runs his finger across the car] Hey. Remember how insane he went when I broke my retainer? Huh? Come on, that was a little piece of plastic. This is a Ferrari.

Ferris:
Qué bella. [kisses his fingers] Cameron, I'm sorry, but we can't pick up Sloane in your car. Mr. Rooney would never believe Mr. Peterson drives that piece of shit.

Cameron:
[under his breath] It's not a piece of shit.

Ferris:
It is a piece of shit. Don't worry about it. I don't even have a piece of shit; I have to envy yours.

Cameron:
[sarcastically] Oh, thanks.

Ferris:
[desperately] Look, I'm sorry. There's nothing else we can do. [Ferris slowly gets in the Ferrari, and closes the door] Ooh.

Cameron:
He knows the mileage, Ferris.

Ferris:
He doesn't trust you?

Cameron:
Never has, never will.

Ferris:
Look, this is real simple. Whatever miles we put on, we'll take off.

Cameron:
How?

Ferris:
We'll drive home backwards.

Cameron:
[laughs coldly] No. No! [Ferris starts the car] Ferris, forget it. You're just gonna have to think of something else. I'm putting my foot down. [Ferris smiles as he drives the Ferrari out of the garage] How about we rent a nice Cadillac?! My treat! We could call a limo! A nice stretch job with a TV and a bar! How 'bout that?!

Ferris:
[drives back to pick up Cameron] Come on! Live a little!

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