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Ferris Bueller's Day Off Review

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  • 0

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    Wall Street Journal Julie Salamon

    One of the least appealing movies I've seen in a while.... When a member of the audience belched loudly, that got the biggest laugh of the day. [17 June 1986, p.26(E)]

  • 100

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    Time Richard Schickel

    Ferris and his adventures represent a teen's dream of glory: to have, at one's fingertips, the technical skills to sabotage the adult world's machinery of oppression and, at the tip of one's tongue, the perfect squelch for grownups' moralistic blather. [23 June 1986]

  • 50

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    Chicago Tribune Gene Siskel

    That the film doesn't live up to our anticipation of a rolicking good time is only part of its disappointment. [11 June 1986]

  • 50

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    Chicago Tribune

    That the film doesn't live up to our anticipation of a rolicking good time is only part of its disappointment. [11 June 1986]

  • 60

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    The New York Times

    In this film [Hughes] has created a character who is every teen-ager's fantasy, but in the process he has lost some of the authenticity of his other films - leaving several slow transitions or awkward moments.

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  • 70

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    Newsweek David Ansen

    It's basically a mindless paean to goofing off, with interludes of dubious seriousness. [16 June 1986]

  • 75

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    Chicago Sun-Times Roger Ebert

    The film's heart is in the right place, and Ferris Bueller is slight, whimsical and sweet.

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  • 80

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    The Hollywood Reporter

    At its best Ferris Bueller is a free-spirited romp, a devil-may-care respite from grueling dailiness.

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OK for kids 14+

Hilarious comedy classic; language makes it PG-13.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this movie has surprising amounts of "bad" (listing toward inappropriate) language and thus isn't for younger kids. Also, it's about skipping school. So you might want to get a word in about not trying this at home. Ferris lies, shows off, and steals a car. It's a little disconcerting that he never faces any consequences -- even Bart Simpson usually has to take responsibility. Mostly, the movie glorifies defiance of authority. Sure, it's a little edgy, but teens can handle it.

  • Families can talk about how people defy authority. Do your kids understand the difference between Ferris's fantasy presentation and what would really happen if they did what he did?
  • The filmmakers justify the hero's attitude as a healthy response toself-centered, dumb, and materialistic adults. Do you agree?
  • A goodquestion would be whether the carefree Ferris is going to be any betterwhen he grows up. If he grows up.

The good stuff
  • message true0

    Messages: Despite the light-hearted take on some naughty behavior, Ferris never faces any consequences for the rules he's broken.

  • rolemodels true0

    Role models: Young heroes lie, cheat, and cut class with abandon, and the script'srather loopy logic defends them as standing up to unfeeling, grownupsociety.

What to watch for
  • violence false0

    Violence: Mild scuffling.

  • sex false3

    Sex: Chaste puppy love between Ferris and his girlfriend, but a grownup chasing after the truant teens is falsely made out to be a pervert.

  • language false3

    Language: Surprising amount of profanity (ass, "s--t").

  • consumerism false0

    Consumerism: Ferrari automobiles and the city of Chicago couldn't ask for better promotions.

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false0

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Not an issue