FERRIS BUELLER'S DAY OFF - Content
FERRIS BUELLER'S DAY OFF
For Hicksflicks.com, Nov. 1, 2013
In my 1986 review of "Ferris Bueller's Day Off" for the Deseret News, I referred to Matthew Broderick as "a sort of modern-day teenage version of Groucho Marx in that he frequently turns to the camera and directly addresses the audience." And his wiseacre, know-it-all character isn't all that far afield from Marx.
But Broderick makes Ferris his own in this hilarious high school comedy from the prolific John Hughes, and it came on the heels of "Sixteen Candles," "The Breakfast Club," "Pretty in Pink" and "Weird Science."
Con artist teen Ferris feigns illness to skip school, then heads for downtown Chicago with his girlfriend (Mia Sara) and best pal (Alan Ruck), with his jealous sister (Jennifer Grey) and a snoopy school principal (Jeffrey Jones) plotting to expose his charade.
Speaking of plotting, Hughes has let himself go way out of the range of plausibility, but it's all funny enough to get away with it.
The PG-13 film is showing at Jordan Commons for a week starting Friday (Nov. 1).