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... more » 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« less
I will never understand why people like this movie....and I'm a huge John Hughes fan :(
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Brian M. from RCH CUCAMONGA, CA Reviewed on 10/20/2009...
Great comedy with great performances all around, a true classic.
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Christy B. from WRIGHT CITY, MO Reviewed on 9/30/2009...
Ferris Bueller's Day Off is a classic for a reason.
While I usually enjoy movies with deep, thoughtful plots, Ferris still tops my list of favorite of movies. It's an incredibly fun movie, but at no point is it really shallow or a throw-away movie as so many "fun" movies tend to be.
I wouldn't recommend this movie for children. While the language is overall pretty mild, I just think many of the dilemmas and feelings in the movie would go over a younger child's head completely. It isn't really a movie for kids, it's a movie for older teens (it deals a lot with the character's impending graduation from high school and what lies beyond) and adults.
Best of all, no matter how many decades go by, this movie never really becomes dated. The clothes and hairstyles may make us a cringe (though they're quite toned-down when you consider how bad it could have been), but the plot, the characters, and everything that happens in the movie is completely timeless.
Watch this movie whenever you want to smile!
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Amy B. (pureprarieleague) from TERRELL, TX Reviewed on 12/14/2007...
A classic! If you have a funny bone in your body you will love this movie. Skipping school was never this fun, but we can all dream. Jennifer Gray (Dirty Dancing) makes the perfect sister, keep your eye on her.