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Ferris Bueller's Day Off


Roger Davidson

Ferris Bueller's Day Off
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One of the all-time greatest comedy, this movie tells the tale of a smart Chicago teenager (Matthew Broderick), who ditches school with his girlfriend (Mia Sara) and his neurotic best friend (Alan Ruck), so they can spend a day in the windy city. It also turns out that Broderick wants to build his buddy Ruck's self-esteem, a task that turns out to be a more difficult than he imagined. As if this wasn't enough, Broderick's sister (Jennifer Grey) and his principal (an achingly funny Jeffery Jones), truly believe he's playing hookey and they both want to nail him in the act. Talk about a dilemma.

This is a fine teenage comedy, with well-rounded, intelligent characters, giving Broderick a great starring role. Some of the best scenes are formed around Bueller's ability to gleefully manipulate everybody and everything around him. Those side-splitting, thigh-slapping scenes have to be seen to be believed. Of course, he gets a little help from his friends (Sara and Ruck). John Hughes has become quite good at making teenage fare, that are both amusing and realistic portraits of intelligent ("News flash" guys this is not an oxymoron) teenage life. If there was ever a film to put on your "What-to-rent" list, this is it.

My Rating = Four Stars

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