Ferris Bueller’s Day Off (1986) Guest Review

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This review for the John Hughes Blogathon comes from Zoe of The Sporadic Chronicles Of A Beginner Blogger. Thanks for being a part of this, Zoe! Let’s, um, see what she thought of Ferris Bueller’s Day Off. 🙂

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1. a person who does not belong to a widely held religion as regarded by those who do.

More commonly referred to as “Zoë”.

When Table 9 Mutant announced a John Hughes Blogathon I was like uhm, okay. I really wanted to be involved and I am not really familiar with his work, and this seems like a good way to figure some things out. I know that all and sundry is going to do Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, and I know that my selection was not really anything unexpected, but I figured that the best place to start with in terms of John Hughes’s work would be one of his most beloved and all time famous movies… a movie even I know about even though I have never watched. So here is just another one of numerous Ferris Bueller entries, but I can guarantee it will probably be one of the only (if not the only) reviews that does not jump about and sing praise for the classic film.


“Life moves pretty fast. If you don’t stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it.”
– Ferris Bueller

I won’t lie. I have been trying. I have been trying really hard and I have been unsuccessful. I know that the world loves this movie, I know that everyone is a huge fan, that everyone has faith and adores it and it has cult status and all that, but I am not a fan of Ferris Bueller’s Day Off. Maybe it is because it is too 80s? Maybe because it is freaking ridiculous? I don’t know. I really don’t. I didn’t find it to be funny or memorable or charming, and Jeanie (Jennifer Grey) truly grated on my absolute last nerve from the off. What a resentful, bitter bitch! Dean of Students Edward Rooney (Jeffrey Jones) was ludicrous, and I cannot ever imagine someone having such a hard on for one student (and I went to school with some serious chops in my life). The premise was silly, and it is called a coming of age film… how?! The most he did was bunk a day and excuse it later by saying he needs an off day in his life with his friends before they all go their separate ways… how does that even work? We call them weekends… but whatever. Not saying we don’t all need to put in that one false day every now and again for sanity’s sake, but this really just didn’t come together for me nicely.


“It could get wrecked, stolen, scratched, breathed on wrong… a pigeon could shit on it! Who knows?”
– Cameron Frye

I was not a fan of the acting at all (though Matthew Broderick gave a fantastic performance, he played that self-assured and overly cocky teenager very well), I didn’t enjoy the events, and I have never seen someone plan a day to bunk that well in my life, and I met some people who were pretty creative. I know it isn’t supposed to be too serious and all that, but I didn’t find it light-hearted and fun, either. It was just boring, plain and simple. It didn’t reel me in even remotely. The movie itself is only like an hour and forty minutes, but it felt like a century to me. I even had to watch this movie over two sittings. That peeved me!


“The place is like a museum. It’s very beautiful and very cold, and you’re not allowed to touch anything.”
– Ferris Bueller

I didn’t really feel that there was any real character growth. I mean sure, Cameron Frye (Alan Ruck) finally grew a pair in terms of his jackass dad, but we don’t actually see anything come to fruition from that, which was disappointing. Then there is Jeanie, who gets two words from druggie Charlie Sheen, and all of a sudden she is over hating Ferris, but gung-ho on helping him? People don’t let things go that quickly, and she has always despised her brother for getting away with everything all the time. Not to mention, how freaking retarded were the Bueller parents?! Tom (Lyman Ward) and Katie (Cindy Pickett) were preposterous and stupid and silly, and how do you blow off your daughter and believe your son in an angel? I mean I know how that happens, but it is like they didn’t even have the time of day for her, and I think that just irritated me (thinking about parents and favouritism among kids and all that). I know some parents are love blinded by their kids, but this just tells me they had the intellect of a pea!


“In a nutshell: I hate my brother.”
– Jeanie Bueller

Alright, I am going to stop bitching now. There were some things that were pretty cool about the film I suppose. You will have to find that in everything. Cameron kicking the shit out of his dad’s Ferrari, so worth it. The massive (though completely inexplicable) town party was cool, even though it was strange how it all joined together for the film. I have always only caught scenes of it over the years, and those never really impressed me, so I figured maybe if I watch it all then I will understand the hype and cult status and lurve… nope. I really wanted to like this movie, I truly did. Instead I am going to have to go with having totally missed it here. This was not even like a teen feeling movie, but something for kids.


“Ladies and gentlemen, you are such a wonderful crowd; we’d like to play a little tune for you. It’s one of my personal favorites and I’d like to dedicate it to a young man who doesn’t think he’s seen anything good today – Cameron Frye, this one’s for you.”
– Ferris Bueller

Alright, moment of truth… overall I will be nice about it and score it a 5.5/10. Well, T9M, I am really sorry. I know you love yourself some Hughes, but this just didn’t work for me in the slightest. Maybe my next endeavour will impress me more!

62 thoughts on “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off (1986) Guest Review

  1. Yeah, this movie rocks and should be an inspiration to any and all teenagers. Or at least those who just don’t give a shit whatsoever about their future. Good review.

  2. Um. Zoe, I think you need to watch this on a repeated loop until you agree you love it. It is hilarious awesome. 🙂

    Though I do agree the adults are undersketched as to be caricatures not characters. Therein is why Bueller has never been and never will be my favorite Hughes flick.

    • You’re welcome, you little heathen! Lol ; ) Seriously, though – It’s a great review even though I may disagree with it. I appreciate that you joined in on the Hughes thing at all! If you watch Vacation, hopefully you’ll enjoy it a bit more. : )

      • 😀 That be me hahaha! Then we do the adult thing and agree to disagree? What a preposterous idea! 😛 I hope so, too, I should be able to get to it over the weekend!


    Zoe – I’ve tried watching this a number of times and could never make it through the entire thing. I care nothing for anyone in this film and the personalities of these characters are personalities of people I loathe. And – like you said – doesn’t he get the weekends off??? I don’t think he even fucking had a job…

    LOVE IT!!!


      YAY! I am glad to hear that Eric!

      Hahahahaha, so glad we agree… I just couldn’t get this to work for me, and it was a damn painful endeavour all round. A 5.5 was totally more generous than it deserved (just so T9M doesn’t drown me in some English body of water or something :P)


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        Nope… still not getting it 😛

  4. Zoe! I am so sorry you had to watch this movie as an adult. I really think the reason the world loves this movie is because the majority of us watched it as either kids or teens, so in watching this, every person of that age wanted to take a day off like that and say f u to their high school and pull silly pranks just to bug the sh*t out of people. Everyone wanted to full their parents with the cough cough I’m sick tape recording. hahaha

    Now as an adult, it’s preposterous, so I totally get why you didn’t like it. Plus a lot of us by now have seen the movie about a million times so if we didn’t like it, we grew to love it. My point is I totally get why you didn’t like it. 🙂
    PS I think you will hate every John Hughes movie then LOL.

    Regardless I liked reading it, it was funny to hear how stupid it really was.

  5. An interesting, well-written review but I’m sorry I am going to have to whole heartly disagree with you here Zoe. I gave this film five stars. I really enjoyed all the performances (Matthew Broderick in particular, I thought his charisma was in abundance). I also really enjoyed the theme of all three of them not knowing what to do with their life, conveyed by the quote at the start of your review.

    • Thank you Chris. I knew there would be some blow back off of this haha! I really did try to like this, I wanted to understand everyone’s love for this, but it passed me by completely. Maybe Melissa is right, I didn’t grow up on this so it wouldn’t be the same for me.

  6. Oh NO. OH NOOOOOO!!! Zoe didn’t like Ferris Beuller’s Day Off!!! I don’t…I can’t…I…I…WHAT???

    …Kidding. Lol. Too bad this one didn’t suit you, lady! It has a certain charm to it, but I could see how it wouldn’t be everyone’s thing. Nice review! 🙂

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  8. I am shocked and appalled by what I’ve just read here today. How can anything be too 80’s?!?! More like, not 80’s enough!
    To each their own, I know. But damn girl, I was not expecting so much disdain for Ferris.

    • “How can anything be too 80′s?!?! More like, not 80′s enough!” – Ah Smash, I am so sorry, it just didn’t work for me. I cannot say that I am an 80s fan! 😛

      Wow, I was expecting to be written off, I recall you vehemently questioning anyone’s mind who was crazy enough to dislike Ferris 😉

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