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Ferris Bueller’s Day Off

Ferris Bueller's Day Off (1986)
Ferris Bueller's Day Off poster Rating: 7.9/10 (233,753 votes)
Director: John Hughes
Writer: John Hughes
Stars: Matthew Broderick, Alan Ruck, Mia Sara, Jeffrey Jones
Runtime: 103 min
Rated: PG-13
Genre: Comedy
Released: 11 Jun 1986
Plot: A high school wise guy is determined to have a day off from school, despite what the principal thinks of that.
There are few films that evoke the tone and feeling of their subject matter better than Ferris Bueller’s Day Off. The John Hughes classic captures the rush of skipping school and hanging out with your friends perfectly, genuinely giving the viewer the feeling of joining along on Ferris’ adventures. Of course that’s due in no small part to Matthew Broderick’s mix of charm, smart-aleck, and sarcasm that make up his tremendous lead performance, and he and Hughes hit the fourth wall-breaking in the absolute perfect manner. But Ferris Bueller doesn’t endure simply because it’s a good time—the film is actually quite melancholic, as it touches on the impending loss of youth and approaches relationships with a mature honesty that’s lacking in many 80s high school comedies. That elevates the movie from something fun, to something special. Ferris Bueller’s Day Off is simply one of the most rewatchable films ever made, which means it’s perfect for a Netflix spin pretty much anytime. –Adam Chitwood

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