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Ferris Bueller's Day Off (1986)

Director:
John Hughes
COUNTRY
USA
GENRE
Comedy
NORWEGIAN TITLE
Skulk med stil
RUNNING TIME
99 minutes
Producer:
John Hughes
Tom Jacobson
Screenwriter:
John Hughes


Cast includes:

CHARACTER ACTOR/ACTRESS RATING
Ferris Bueller Matthew Broderick
Cameron Frye Alan Ruck
Sloane Peterson Mia Sara
Ed Rooney Jeffrey Jones
Jeanie Bueller Jennifer Grey
Tom Bueller Lyman Ward
Boy in Police Station Charlie Sheen
Economics Students Kristy Swanson
Max Perlich

 

Review

John Hughes, fresh off the success of The Breakfast Club, continued his high school depiction with this life-loving, carefree comedy. The thematic elements are the same as usual, including teen liberation, uncomprehending authorities, the teen/parent relation etc, but Hughes' stance here is more lightweight and the characterizations more banal than was the case with The Breakfast Club. Ferris Bueller is a more downright comedy, and even if it lacks the profound ingenuity and humour of its predecessor, it is an impetus of uplifting fun.

Ferris Bueller's Day Off opens on a high note, as Matthew Broderick is given freedom to roam both narratively and stylistically. The effect of letting him break the fourth wall is attention-grabbing, if not dramatically enhancing, but it allows the film to exploit its spirited nature. The Broderick/Sara/Ruck triangle is the film's best asset, and the trio have some fine, poignant moments. Still, one cannot help feel that the film remains a series of vignettes as it grows older. The tedious Jeffrey Jones character is an uncharming admonition to the Pesci/Stern Home Alone idiocy (consider the layered nature of Richard Vernon as opposed to Ed Rooney), and except for a fine performance from Jennifer Grey, the latter part of Ferris Bueller cannot uphold its promising start. Hughes knows his characters well, but he's clearly running out of things to say, leaving this a pleasant comedy, far from the relevant brilliance of The Breakfast Club.

Re-reviewed: Copyright 17.8.2007 Fredrik Gunerius Fevang
Original review: Copyright 14
.7.1996 Fredrik Gunerius Fevang
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