Ferris Bueller’s Day Off was a classic film from the 80s about making each moment count and enjoying what you have before it’s all up and gone. Bueller (Matthew Broderick) fakes illness to his parents so that he can have a day off and then sets about enlisting his girlfriend Sloane (Mia Sara) and best friend Cameron (Alan Ruck) to join him for what he predicts will be an epic day.
Directed by the man of the 80s, John Hughes (Sixteen Candles, The Breakfast Club, Curly Sue, Weird Science, Planes, Trains & Automobiles) the film is a beautiful mix of nostalgia, fun and the fear of growing up and growing apart. As the end of high school beckons for our hero, he is determined to make the most of the life he has now and will achieve in one day what many strive to achieve in their entire youth. Bueller is an entirely loveable character too with charm and a confidence somehow lacking in arrogance. You want him to have the best day ever, even when he’s dragging poor Cameron out of his sick-bed and stealing Cameron’s dad’s car.
The film is immensely clever, with Bueller narrating in parts to the camera and a running storyline of the school principal trying to catch him in the act. The twists and turns of the plot are not always as predictable as you might expect and keep you guessing. Bueller’s big sister is played by Dirty Dancing star Jennifer Grey and there is even a small cameo by Charlie Sheen.
The music goes along with the iconic 80s style of the film and when Bueller surprises his two friends by singing on a parade float, it’s brilliantly fun. It’s a dream-like sequence as nobody seems to realise he is an intruder to the parade and everybody in the huge crowd joins in as he starts to mime, not just Twist and Shout but also Danke Schoen. It’s the perfect high point to an action-packed day and the song still takes me back to Bueller when I hear it.