Ferris Bueller’s Day Off (1986)


Janice once said, on an evening when we were driving around obscure residential areas looking for pisang goreng, that two of the main characters in Ferris Bueller’s Day Off reminded her of us. I would be Ferris Bueller, because according to her, I give the impression that everything would turn out okay in the end, whether it’s because I almost always seem to have an incredible amount of luck by my side, or because I make it seem like that through my projection of how I perceive life. She would be Cameron Frye. I don’t remember why she said that, but after watching the movie I could see the likeliness between their friendship and ours.

Cameron’s the reluctant friend who constantly worries through the course of the day about his dad finding out that they have taken his precious Ferrari out for a ride, while Ferris’ the laid back friend who skips school and drags him along for a day out in the city. I see this paralleled in Janice’s attachment to maths homework and my seemingly blatant disregard for anything work-related to pursue my impulsive desires which most of the time includes parting Janice from her homework. That probably makes me sound like a selfish person, but like Ferris said: “If anyone needs a day off, it’s Cameron. He has a lot of things to sort out before he graduates. Can’t be wound up this tight and go to college, his roommate will kill him.” Of course Ferris could only be saying that because his idea of a good time includes Cameron. In my case neither is truer than the other.

All that said, I loved the movie. Not only because of the parallelism (although it is a major factor), but also because of the general feel-good vibe. I loved it for Ferris Bueller, and for the tangible freedom he represents, and for the day out in the city that reminds me of all the times our friends go out and especially, the museum scene and the parade scene.

The things Ferris did in this movie have set the standard for my last semester of studies here.


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