Sunday, August 26, 2012

Scene Stealer: Ferris Bueller’s Day Off


I love Ferris Bueller’s Day Off.  I remember watching it as an adolescent and thinking that Ferris was really cool because he had a knack for getting away with everything.  The way he elaborately faked being sick to skip his ninth day of school had me wondering if I could pull off such a ruse myself.  To fool his parents into believing he is sick in bed, he puts a mannequin under the covers, outfits it with wire triggers so that it rolls over each time his bedroom door opens and has a tape recording of someone snoring playing for added effect. Ferris’ decoy works like a charm and he convinces his best buddy Cameron and his girlfriend Sloane to skip school with him.

Trying to lift the spirits of his friend, Cameron, Ferris plans a fun-filled and eventful day out in Chicago. They visit the Sears Tower, the Board of Trade, the Art Institute, con their way into lunch at a swanky restaurant and catch a game at Wrigley Field.  Even after all of that, Cameron declares that he doesn’t think he’s seen anything good all day.  Ferris is determined to show him something good. He leaps onto a float during Chicago’s Von Steuben Day parade, grabs a microphone and belts out The Beatles song
“Twist and Shout.”  The marching band backs him up, all of the parade participants and spectators dance and sing along with him and a pack of dancers emerge and launch into Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” choreography to the beat of the song.  At one point, the action cuts away from the parade to show Ferris’ father grooving to the music from his office which overlooks the parade route below.  It’s a wonderfully fun and memorable party scene in a classic 80s film with a truly one-of-a-kind title character who’s mantra is “Life moves pretty fast. If you don't stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it.”

6 comments:

  1. yeah this scene is cool...
    also I'm on a Spin City marathon now..the dude that played Cameron is in it..can't believe it's the same guy.

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    1. It's a very cool scene.

      Right - Alan Ruck (Cameron) was on 'Spin City.' I never watched the show, but I recall seeing him in preview and promo ads for it.

      He was also in 'Speed.'

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  2. Ferris Bueller’s Day Off might just be my favorite movie of all time. Every time Twist and Shout comes on the radio in the car I sing at the top of my lungs and wish I was wearing a cheetah vest.

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    1. It's definitely one of my favourite 80s movies of all time and I can watch it again and again and never tire of it.

      I think of Ferris Bueller every time I hear 'Twist and Shout' too, but I've never thought of the cheetah vest before - funny!

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  3. I like pretty much everything about this movie, including that scene. I even liked how the movie Easy A referenced the fact that the heroine wanted her life to be more like an 80s movie, "preferably one with a really awesome musical number for no apparent reason", and when she said this they showed a clip of the Twist and Shout scene.

    Watch this movie back to back with Broderick's later movie Election and it makes for a very interesting double bill.

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  4. There's not much to dislike about Ferris Bueller - it's such a great film and it holds up very well upon re-review. It's definitely one of my all-time favourite 80s films.

    Ah yes, I do remember that scene from "Easy A."

    That would make for an interesting bill. "Election" is another great movie. Thanks for the suggestion.

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