Time: 98 mins.
Genre: High School Comedy
SYNOPSIS: A high school wise guy is determined to have a day off from school, despite the attempts of his principal and younger sister to sabotage his good time.
BOTTOM LINE: Broderick reigns supreme as the king of slacker cool in Hughes' most blatantly fun teen comedy. Perhaps he's too good as the lovable loafer who makes the most of ditching school, as this role is the one that defined his burgeoning career. It's also a role that gave those of us on the high school fringe something to hope for. You see, Ferris is popular not because he has the most money or the fastest car. He's everybody's best friend because he's a friend to everybody. His irresistible charm comes from his inner self-confidence. Ferris could have been a cartoon character, but Broderick makes you believe that a teenager could actually BE happy with who they are. A rare and inspiring concept.
The story follows his fairly tame, but incredibly fun adventures around Chicago with his exotic girlfriend (Sara) and neurotic best friend (Ruck), as he tries to turn them on to his way of living. He's supposed to home sick, however, his beleaguered principal and bitter sister (played by Jeffrey Jones and Jennifer Grey) know he's up to no good and pull out all the stops, to their pain, to prove he's out having fun. They are the perfect counterpoints to Ferris: angry, jealous and afraid that people won't like them for who they are. The message of the film is pretty clear, even if it is buried beneath a ton of fluff. Life is what you make of it and Ferris makes it extremely entertaining. A film that probably won't appeal to today' teens, but still one of my favs.