Ferris Bueller's Day Off (1986) - Comedy

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A high school wise guy is determined to have a day off from school, despite what the Principal thinks of that.

IMDB: 7.8
Director: John Hughes
Stars: Matthew Broderick, Alan Ruck
Length: 103 Minutes
PG Rating: PG-13
Reviews: 49 out of 528 found boring (9.28%)

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It also contains several things that make this movie an enjoyable watch: A classic Ferrari, a musical number (or two), an over zealous principal, and Matthew Broderick.

Interesting camera shots include: a long shot of Ferris on the top of the float singing at the parade, a mid shot approximately 24 minutes into the film of Ferris and Cameron's feet right before they gaze upon the Ferrari, mid shots of the dull looks on the children's faces in school at the beginning of the film.

Ferris Bueller is a role model to those who's only wish is to live on the edge and take every opportunity that is thrown your way!

One of the most entertaining movies ever made, especially if you ever went to high-school.

Empty and soulless, this film says nothing except that ruining your father's car and house is a good thing to do if you are depressed.

For 75 minutes this film is a slick, enjoyable, silly fantasy that is great fun as it exists in a completely different universe that we all wish we were in.

It was quite frankly mundane.

The conflicts are engaging, the action shots are funny, and one actually gets a chance to care about the characters.

It is marred slightly by some of the sentimentality, but the story is engaging and the script is smart and funny.

Incidentally, Mr. Stein and his trademark monotone can be seen on several other movies and the clear eyes commercials.

very entertaining .

"If you find this movie enjoyable, try Office Space.

Broderick is so believable, mischievous and exciting to watch, against the foil of his sister played by Jennifer Grey pre-Dirty Dancing.

Disappointment and a bore .

The whole Ferrari-crash-through-window thing was the most pointless movie scene ever.

In his efforts to drive the plot of the story, Ferris whisks Cameron and Sloane out of their boring, everyday lives onto an adventure to visit major must-sees in Chicago.

Looking back at high school, I see how pointless and what a joke it was.

I mean, Hughes wrote the screenplay in less than a week, so clearly had intentions on character focus rather than an absorbing plot.

While entertaining, it shows the struggle that some teachers, especially principals have to deal with.

), especially the economics teacher (Ben Stein, in the role that launched his career) whose dull, monotone voice...

At this moment in time I am in a library at Havant College on a fine Spring day, I am so bored and the only thing I can think of is Carnivals and escape this place, I guess I know how Ferris felt.

The storyline is entertaining, enjoyable and gripping enough to keep you hanging on to the end.

The climax of the film kept me on the edge of my seat, constantly wondering if Ferris would make it through the day without being caught.

Being in my late Teens, and full of boredom I need to escape, if you are in the same situation watch this film.

Sure setting a scene in museum is boring itself.

I have a strong dislike for teenage and coming of age films they take themselves too seriously and don't really get what being a teenager is all about.

"Ferris Bueller's Day Off" is a watchable film, supremely entertaining, a good-looking film with its heart in the right place.

I believe this movie to be very entertaining and for pure enjoyment.

Ruck is fascinating as Cameron, and when I grew tired of Ferris' antics, I found myself looking forward to watching Ruck's elucidation of his character.

Mia looked stunning as the "IT" girl of the 80a who's cool, hip and the girlfriend to our lead.

The film itself is funny and entertaining to watch from start to finish, with some scenes that feature a lovely Ferrari 250 GT California, which does get the attention of Ferris, who wants to take the Ferrari out for a spin.

At last, you must ask yourself with confusion, as well as fury, where is that great writer ?

Mwah, it isnt a gripping drama or shocking story.

The hairdos and clothes don't appear that dated, and it's still enjoyable for all.

Looking for an enjoyable comedy, try this breaking-the-fourth-wall rebellious riot.

Good for a passtime but it can be a bit predictable and sometimes silly.

I found him boring guy who keeps on explaining why is he cool.

If only we could see a movie about a teenager like *him*, instead of this self-indulgent vehicle about a self-indulgent brat.

Somewhat to my surprise, it holds up quite well and I had an enjoyable couple of hours with Ferris and the gang.

In fact, there's an amusing scene that effectively shows how uninspiring the classes are.

School is portrayed at a dull and boring place with dull and boring teachers.

He provides some good comedic relief as we watch him involved in his unexpected shenanigans that make his day a living (and funny) hell.

Also the sounds emphasize where you are for example when the dean of students, Mr. Rooney is in the arcade it is a lot of noise and random objects emphasizing chaos and lots of confusion for him making him make mistakes and mistake a girl for Ferris.

I found it dragged on: 103 minutes seemed like three hours.

Yet another boring teen comedy .

The one really serious moment when Alan Ruck's Cameron is forced to face upto his past is stunning.

realistic portrayals of boring classes, easily tricked teachers, faking sick to stay home, and the utter joke that modern education is.

But because it's one the the most entertaining movies of the 80's.

Ferris Bueller's Day Off is a teen coming of age comedy written and directed by John Hughes.

This is my favorite scene because it's quite entertaining and shows just how much Ferris is able to influence those around him.

To make his nice spring day much more enjoyable he needs his best friend Cameron Frye (Speed's Alan Ruck) and girlfriend Sloane Peterson (Mia Sara) to join him.

Weird Science was dumb and boring, Breakfast Club was slow, nothing interesting happened, Pretty In Pink completly sucked.

I liked the scene that focused on the faces of the students in the classroom as they hear a boring lecture from none other than Ben Stein.

Well, the movie actually has some really great humor and plus its a little enjoyable to watch with a great soundtrack.

Ferris Bueller is entertaining the whole way through and I think it probably inspires a lot of teens to take their own day off from school.

Everyone's had a god-awful, boring teacher like Ben Stein, a friend who was wound up too tightly like Cameron, and a friend who got away with everything like Ferris.

what is very enjoyable are the humorous parts where Ferris has to hide or escape from certain conditions which would ruin his day of fun; along with various humors of his principal Rooney while chasing Ferris.

The stereotypical portrayal of high school, the numerous amounts of close calls to get Ferris caught by his parents, and the extreme amount of arguing all add up to "Ferris Bueller's Day Off's" repetitive dynamics that enable any negative adjective to describe this film overall.

There's also no message.

The construction workers up above join in to a rousing rendition of Twist and Shout, and even Tom Bueller dances in his office.

This, however, comes to mind as being a thoroughly enjoyable movie for kids, teens, adults, old people, etc, as it has that universal core- school stinks, enough to have one epic cut day, perhaps.

Entertaining and often very funny teen comedy directed by John Hughes who previously brought us The Breakfast Club and Sixteen Candles.

Anyway, this is a movie well worth watching - over and over and over...

") and his lip-syncing to a rock song (which, after Tom Cruise in "Risky Business" and Rodney Dangerfield in "Easy Money," was well on its way to become a modern-day movie cliché).

And then he winks at Jeannie and she gives him one of her hate-filled stares (which she did all through the movie,) and her expressions were just so evocative!

all the adults in the film are made to look like idiots, but if you can accept that, this comic-fantasy adventure is one entertaining roller-coaster ride.

An incredibly popular high school senior (Broderick) plays hooky, checking out the Chicago attractions with his empty-headed girlfriend (Sara) and idiot best friend (Ruck).

Realistically, it's probably highly unlikely, if not altogether impossible for Ferris to have done all that he did during his day off in the Windy City, but it wouldn't have been very fun to watch a movie called, "Ferris Bueller's Uneventful Day Off" either.

Bush as a reference when the boring teacher played by the conservative, Ben Stein "something o-o economics.


I've watched this movie countless times and find it greatly entertaining every time, many of the scenes are real classics.

The music selected heightens the suspenseful moments well and aids the quick cutting speed found throughout the film.

+So ridiculous+Only works if Broderick is as good as he is+Fast paced with another laugh just around the corner8.8/10

At least this film inspired the much more enjoyable Parker Lewis Can't Lose series which was so much more funny.

Very Entertaining Teen Film.

)But honestly, at least 60% of the movie is boring.

A Few Laughs, But Predictable and Over-Rated .

This is more forgettable than remarkably entertaining.

Well privileged little Ferris Bullers life is anything but mundane.

Extremely entertaining .

, and where are his enjoyable, innocent, and meaningful comedies ?

It also seemed a little cliche in the sequence where Ferris is racing to get home before his parents, and stops while running through a yard to introduce himself to 2 girls in bikinis suntanning in their yard.

Worst movie ever .

One of the most energetic, fun and entertaining movies I have ever seen.

I have an intense crush on Ferris Bueller.

I definitely know how it feels: you've had to get up at some silly time in the morning just to attend registration, (*cough* scare small children as you look like a Shaun of the dead extra *cough*); you end up sitting next to some poor child who has an unfortunate bodily odour beast of a problem, and the plan of attempting suicide with a ruler or launching yourself out the window gradually becomes more appealing when your teacher is about as exciting as a pile of mud.

The writing is smart and pointed in criticism of the mundane.

Sloane Peterson plays the perfect girl for the wild and unpredictable Ferris Bueller.

I might even go as far as to say it is predictable.

Take a break from Intense Drama movies and watch this .

The thrill of escaping your regular boring high-school and venturing off into the busy streets of downtown Chicago compiles together one hilarious film.

It's this ability I find so intriguing and sexy.

A well-developed story, believable acting, and the unique directing insight of John Hughes make this film worthy of a Golden Globe nomination, and a must see for anyone looking for an entertaining blast to the past.

highly entertaining film, definitely one of the greatest teen films ever made .

A good director can make a scene set in boring classroom interesting.

She's very bland and instantly forgettable.

a wonderful, hilarious and entertaining film.

Great blend of snappy dialogue and unbelieveable events with great support from a fine ensemble cast.

Absolutely surreal and unrealistic, one of the worst movie was ever made .

Although Cameron, much more reserved than Bueller, is a bit skeptical of Bueller's mischief, he slowly warms up to the idea of fun and even does the unexpected.

What makes this scene boring is that characters do nothing.

It's just a bland, bad egg.

Boring and not funny .

It's still entertaining though.

Ferris does not seem to cherish a good education, but he is a whole lot smarter than anyone else, especially his drab teachers (one of whom is played hilariously by Ben Stein).

It's entertaining, and very cool.

Some moments are fast paced and hilarious.

i suggest seeing this movie because it is very entertaining!

Every scene these three are in is entertaining, and provide viewers with some of the most quotable lines ever delivered in a comedy, as well as beautiful imagery of downtown Chicago and a nostalgic 80s soundtrack.

Still a highly entertaining teen comedy after over twenty years .

A thoroughly enjoyable movie,and a must see when you get your day off.

It's pure fun, combined with unexpected twists and turns, a bit of wisdom and a genius cast.

This movie is consistently funny and entertaining.

The exciting.

Ferris Bueller's Day Off is a fascinating romp of hilarity with true moments of tenderness to keep every viewer happy.

The sheer bombastic feel-good nature of this rather plotless comedy is too good to pass up.

The movie is really just a simply entertaining and excellent concept.

Despite Cameron's constant worrying of being caught, the gang lets loose in 2 extremely entertaining hours.

I highly recommend it to everyone who hasn't seen it.

And as long as it stays that way, "Ferris Bueller's Day Off" will remain one of the most entertaining, satirical, and accessible comedies around.

What a self-indulgent piece of crap.

it's the second most overrated movie next to godfather and it's boring and stupid.

This movie isn't your run of the mill teenage comedy stuff like the American Pie series, but actually makes you believe that this genre can also be entertaining without the raunchy humor that typifies such flicks.

Then the movie has a lot of pure garbage-scenes involving the principal that tries to get back at Bueller but is forced to endure some incredibly boring and unoriginal slapstick.

Well, this movie started off really well, in a fast and entertaining pace.

The characters are all one dimensional with a couple of bland ones.

I really wanted to like it, after hearing friends talk about it like it were some paradigm of coming of age masterwork.

Marvelous interaction of characters and even Jennifer Beals (PNJ - pre nose job) is entertaining.

To attempt to assess the acting in this movie is just stupid and pretentious.

In less capable hands than those of Matthew Broderick, "Ferris Bueller's Day Off" might have been unbearable.

From the weirdly adult choice of entertainment, to the variety of strange and hardly believable events that unfold, such as the principal's obsession, or Cameron entering a catatonic state at some point, to the parade scene, the film feels like a collection of random events sparsely unfolding between a lot of silence or uninteresting/unfunny dialog.

Ferris Bueller's Day Off was an incredible funny and Exciting Movie!

Ferris,in his fun trip around Chicago,takes his girlfriend and best friend along and tries to make it special for Cameron,who leads a very mundane life.

Also, I hated Broderick as Ferris--he comes across as smug, obnoxious and boring.

Ferris achieves his goal of having an enjoyable and fulfilling day.

One side note- When I give educational presentations I often use the Ben Stein scene (discussing Taft/Hartley-Voodoo Economics) with all the bored students (that kid drooling on his desk is classic) as an opening ice-breaker.

I did get a laugh out of Charlie Sheen as the druggie in the station, but most of it was a bit bland.

Broderick lights up the screen and tackles this role with an effortless charm that is quite engaging and even appears quite comfortable during the moments when Ferris talks directly to the camera.

Broderick sneaks into his character effortlessly, being charming and fascinating from the very beginning and never letting his character be someone you won't like.

Reasonalby well shot, cliché dialogue, predictable plot, I can't say I really enjoyed this thing from frame one.

Much loved, much quoted and preferred, it stands the test of time as a gripping, funny, high school caper.

This very successful 80's comedy stars the very entertaining Matthew Broderick.

the principal is the only enjoyable character in this movie...

Perhaps one example of the popularity of this movie is the fact that, 15 years later, Ben Stein is still capitalising on his "boring teacher" character.

Ahhh, I can't handle it, I am so bored.

"This movie is a fun exciting movie to watch that will put you in a good mood.

It's all terrific, inspired fun until the third act when Hughes trudges out his usual collegiate psychobabble aimed squarely at the lesser characters of Ruck and Sara; then the whole thing submerges into the usual deep self-pity that renders his movies unbearable.

Ferris, the character, probably found his day off to be wildly exciting.

There's that memorable exciting scene of the parade.

It is fascinating that the main character doesn't undergo any change, any coming of age, he's the one who possesses the real truth and breaks the fourth wall to better deliver his message.

I caught it on one of those cable channels a few weeks ago and was surprised how much I still enjoyed it.

The soundtrack is a typical 80's melange, complete with Yello's soon-to-be-cliché "Oh Yeah".

This life is a dream come true- as long as you ignore the final scene, which I suppose the director/writer John Hughes included to help movie-goers prepare for re-entry back into their pathetic and dreary lives.

This film is a light entertaining feature with moments of embarrassment and hilarity.

The teachers are portrayed as dull, boring, uninspiring goofs (which is exactly what I thought of some of mine!

At first, i was a little bit skeptic, if I would be still fond of it, but after seeing it, i can only say:« Kudos to John and the cast for making this masterpiece, still watchable and enjoyable some 30 years after«.

Sounds can change entire aspects of a movie making it fearful or joyful and throughout this movie the majority of the sounds are cheerful and show joy for Ferris and Cameron, whereas for Mr. Rooney and Ferris's sister are negative and dull.

This is done a bit better in "The Breakfast Club" though, that movie has more compelling characters.

While the movie's focus is obviously on Ferris' respite from the mundane and celebrating the freedom thereof he's not selfish.

This film is filled with very comical situations and this film is a great entertaining film which is lots of fun to view.

The movie was very dull, boring, slow and uneventful for me.

a crisper looking version of one of the more enjoyable teen movies of the 1980's complete with a plethora of interesting extras!

In my memory, I'd concocted all sorts of exciting and dangerous escapades.

He's convinced Ferris is up to something and decides to expose the "cheating" high school-er by engaging in a chase to trap him.

The exciting and humor-filled ending brought the movie to a close and emphasized the importance of family and other lessons brought up throughout the movie.

It's a good movie, but I personally found it predictable to a fault.

FERRIS BUELLER is light-hearted, brash, and full of humour, so it's just a pity that I didn't identify with the jerk lead in any way, shape or form, rendering this a near-unwatchable movie for me.

Watched this with my teenage daughter and she enjoyed it just as I did when I was her age.

Watch how Ferris Bueller did it and how he enjoyed life to the fullest with his friends, far away from those boring teachers...

An era, where USA was in it's heights (pop culture were exported oversees), materialism was the name of the game (Ferrari GTO, stock market, slow food restaurants), the music was dance/pop/new wave (Ziggy Ziggy Sputnik, Yello,…MTV was the channel, which actually aired music videos), John Hughes made the movie in which everyone around the world could adopt.

Honestly there is no reason to pick out the flaws in this movie, because the movie is just flat out entertaining and funny.

Dated But Still Fun And Entertaining .

The english teacher (Dell Close) was another favorite, leaving Sloane and her classmates in la-la-land with his bland, dragging voice; 'In....

The one thing that gives the film more depth than other John Hughes films, and what makes the film so stunning, is the philosophy behind it.

I give this film four stars and highly recommend it to anyone who wishes to get into films of the teen genre.

Ferris Buellers Day Off is one of the funniest most entertaining films I have ever seen and never at any point while watching was I bored.

Small Flaws, but Highly Entertaining .

My overall opinion of the film is that it is a highly entertaining film and definitely one of the greatest teen films ever made.

Hughes seems to know this as well, for while Jeanie and Cameron triumph, we get the sad impression that Ferris will head back to school, marry and have a fairly dull life.

It's just another boring teen comedy.

It has many fun moments (the parade scene especially) and enough ingenuity to keep boredom at bay.

Mia Sara is annoyingly bland..they could have gotten a better actress to play Sloane.

It's entertaining, it's funny, it's serious in times.

Does it any deeper meaning or just pointless.

It's that enjoyable!

That can be for entertainment value, if you find these kinds of pranks and villains entertaining.

Charlie Sheen and Ben Stein make brief appearances and add to the overall festive day which sees Ferris breeze through a trip to the city, a visit to a posh restaurant, a museum and an unexpected appearance in a parade to sing Twist and Shout.

This 1-day long story has fascinating characters, that also includes a good-for-nothing antagonist.

What is more exciting than playing hookie and almost getting caught?

All the way through this is a very clever and entertaining film.

"Ferris Bueller's day Off" has it's heart in the right place, just it has too many tricks, unlikable actions by the protagonist, and preposterous conflicts that get repetitive.

The characters are straight out of Central Casting, the script is sophomoric and contrived.

This will always be a great teen coming of age movie, or at least a movie for people under the age of 30 who were recently in high school.

Ted's Evaluation: 3 of 4 -- Worth watching.

If we don't stop and look around a bit, we might miss it" , one could say sometimes it's great for the movie-watchers to take a break from watching all those high intense drama movies and watch some light-hearted movies like this.

However, the one criticism with this film is more to do with the third of the partying trio, that being the stunning Mia Sara.

The most entertaining side-story is the Tom & Jerry chase between Ferris and the principal.

Further analyzing their Chicago Art Institute excursion, this scene stands out for its slower pace and more serious mood than the rest of the movie.

Apart from that, the movie is just a typical John Hughes film, coming of age and such and such.

This film is a keeper,and despite the datedness of the music,clothes and hairstyles,this film is timeless in its theme and as always enjoyable.

I probably figured it was another dreary John Hughes "teen angst" flick.

In all, it is an extremely entertaining, funny, and enjoyable film (directed towards ages 11-25).

For those who are into the kind of humour that "Ferris Bueller's Day Off" has to offer, I think it should be entertaining to some degree.

But Hughes' problem is that his change in progression is too swift - the movie goes from being a light-hearted comedy to this pretentious study of teenage angst in which it takes our selfish Cameron hours to realize he must step up to his father...

Even though I found the movie amazing and flawless, some of plot has minor hole in it, but gets masked over due to the fast paced theme in the movie.

An unexpected frustration from a screenplay written by Hughes, who usually carefully creates every character.

Ferris Bueller reportedly lives life on the edge, unplanned, spontaneous, spur-of-the-moment.

He actually has the most performance-intensive role in this one.

Hughes freely admits this as a sort of self-indulgent nostalgia binge; a place of refuge and comfort for the youth of his time.

By his talk of college, Ferris is probably making good enough marks, and having to sit through one tedious school day after another is wasting a good mind.

The smarta** kids, the monotone teacher, and the naïve parents are all needed to add cohesion to the piece.

While I loved this movie as a kid, and I find the surreal aspects of the movie incredibly enjoyable, it hasn't aged very well.

This film incorporates great acting along with an entertaining plot that makes for a great comedy, just maybe not one for all ages.

Ferris is a kid, an underdog, which we can all relate to; a clever kid, who just finds the system so boring and inept that he fails it for being "a righteous dude".

I would consider `Ferris Bueller's Day Off' to be one of the classic movies of the 1980s and probably one of the most profoundly entertaining, enjoyable, hilarious and poignant movies of all time.

It was recorded in an engaging way with some narratives directed to the viewer made by the main actor himself without making it seem strange.

The films message; Take a break from the mundane-take a 'Day off'-escape the banality of everyday life and find adventure.

They think that they "deserve" to have an hedonistic, exciting and devil-may-care life.

The acting and shots are definitely strong aspects making the film a highly enjoyable one.