And if that’s the case, then you already know how brilliant and hilarious this film is. Not just another teen comedy, Ferris Bueller’s Day Off was one of a handful of legendary John Hughes vehicles released in the 80’s that has completely withstood the test of time and still sits pretty among the all-time greats. Unlike most teen flicks that derive their laughs from awkward sexual humor, Ferris Bueller is wildly funny while remaining unbelievably clean (PG-13 at worst). It also remains refreshingly human without venturing into any kind of melodrama or seriousness whatsoever.
The storyline is simple: Ferris Bueller, the coolest kid in school, has decided to play hookey and pal around Chicago for the day with his loyal, high-strung best buddy Cameron, and his smokin’ hot, cool-as-shit girlfriend Sloane. To embark on such an adventure, he must first fake illness to dupe his parents, and avoid getting busted by the sinister (if not bumbling) Principal Rooney, the ultimate teen comedy villain.
The characters are zany and colorful, yet they all feel like people we’ve met. The notable exception is Ferris, who is completely unique in his own right. Most high school flicks categorize the popular kid as the villain, and with good reason. Often times they are written as brain-dead, muscled-out jocks with letterman jackets who throw nerds into dumpsters and date shallow blonde cheerleaders. Ferris on the other hand is the nicest kid you could meet. He's incredibly intelligent and charismatic, and Sloane wouldn’t be caught dead carrying pom-poms.
There’s just nothing NOT to like about this film. I mean, it's even got Charlie Sheen playing a junkie, way before he changed his name to Charles and became a real life one.
The Making of Ferris Bueller’s Day Off (15:29) - On set footage and some good stories from the cast, with more footage of John Hughes’s amazing haircut. Everyone heaps praise on the master of 80’s comedy, who has since become a recluse I guess. I really wish he would have appeared on this DVD.
Who Is Ferris Bueller? (9:12) - Another so-so feature, this time the cast sits around and showers praise toward Matthew Broderick and his portrayal of Ferris. He is absolutely awesome in this film, so, he deserves it.
The World According to Ben Stein (10:51) - A quirky little featurette focusing solely on the Master of Monotone, Ben Stein (the teacher calling roll in this film). He’s a pretty funny dude, constantly lavishing praise on himself, his achievements and this film, even comparing Ferris Bueller to Jesus Christ. His droll voice makes it impossible to tell if he’s joking or he’s just that oblivious.
Vintage Ferris Buller: The Lost Tapes (10:16) - A goofy, candid set of impromptu interviews where a young Matthew Broderick tries to interview some of the other cast members. It’s a fun featurette but not quite as funny as it sounds.
There’s also a Class Album that features about twelve 1980’s promo stills of Ferris, Cameron, and Sloane. Pointless.