Ferris Bueller's Day Off

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Ferris Bueller's Day Off
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Genre: Comedy
Photography: Color
Running Time: 103 minutes
Country: United States
Release Date: June 11, 1986
Directed by: John Hughes
Written by: John Hughes
Distributed by: Paramount Pictures
Starring: Matthew Broderick
Alan Ruck
Mia Sara
Jeffrey Jones

Ferris Bueller's Day Off is a 1986 teen comedy starring Matthew Broderick as the title character. The film co-stars Mia Sara and Alan Ruck. The film was written and directed by the late John Hughes, who previously wrote and directed The Breakfast Club and was co-produced by Tom Jacobson.


High school student and longtime school slacker Ferris Bueller decides to play hooky and take a day off from school.

Why It Rocks

  1. The story is well written.
  2. Cool performance from Matthew Broderick.
  3. Great performances from the supporting cast; including Alan Ruck, Jennifer Grey, Mia Sara, and Jeffrey Jones.
  4. Ferris' fourth wall monologues are very sharp, funny, and well executed.
  5. Recognizable songs, especially Oh Yeah by Yello.
  6. Spectacular performances by Mathew Broderick among many others.
  7. Excellent moral about just chilling out and having fun.
  8. The iconic scene where Cameron goes berserk.

Bad Qualities

  1. Ferris plays hooky and is a poor role model, particularly due to his smart alecky personality and slacking off.
  2. Although intended to be John Hughes' love letter to Chicago, it wasn't filmed entirely there as some portions were shot in Los Angeles (such as Ferris' house) for budgeting reasons.


Ferris Bueller's Day Off was released on June 11, 1986 with positive reviews from critics and audiences. Roger Ebert of The Chicago Sun-Times gave the film a positive review with a 3 out of 4 stars and stated that it was "one of the most innocent movies in a long time,” and “a sweet, warm-hearted comedy." while Gene Siskel disagreed with Roger's review of the film. The film currently holds an 81% "Certified Fresh" with an average of 7.7 out of 10 and a critic consensus that reads "Matthew Broderick charms in Ferris Bueller's Day Off, a light and irrepressibly fun movie about being young and having fun." In 2014, the film was placed in the National Film Registry. In 2016, the film was re-released theatrically to commemorate it's 30th anniversary.

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