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Ferris Bueller's Day Off
Teenaged Ferris Bueller (Matthew Broderick) is a legend in his own time thanks to his uncanny skill at cutting classes and getting away with it. Intending to make one last grand duck-out before graduation, Ferris calls in sick, "borrows" a Ferrari, and embarks on a one-day bacchanal through the streets of Chicago. Dogging Ferris' trail at every turn is high-school principal Rooney (Jeffrey Jones), determined to catch Bueller in the act of class-cutting. Writer/director John Hughes once again tries to wed satire, slapstick, and social commentary, as Ferris Bueller's Day Off… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 80%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"What should've been a joyful romp turns into a stale, sour-edged celebration of the New Conformist, an affluent, technology-addled cherub without a rebellious whim in his brain."
‑ Patrick Goldstein, Los Angeles Times
"A film that doesn't seem to know what it's about until the end."
‑ Gene Siskel, Chicago Tribune
"Broderick's smooth, ever-confident patter gives Ferris Bueller's Day Off just the right air of breezy insouciance."
‑ Joe Leydon, The Moving Picture Show
"Ferris Bueller`s Day Off goes through the motions of enjoyable experiences without communicating much joy."
‑ Candice Russell, South Florida Sun-Sentinel
"its willingness to break convention and throw us into the fantastical, but strangely believable world of its characters makes Ferris Bueller not only Hughes's best teen films, but one of the best teen films ever made"
‑ James Kendrick, Q Network Film Desk
"It is most curious that Hughes, who is obviously clever and talented, has failed to develop the intriguing situation he has set in motion."
‑ Jay Boyar, Orlando Sentinel
"Here is a dream as old as adolescence, and it is fun to be reminded of its ageless potency, especially in a movie as good-hearted as this one."
‑ Richard Schickel, TIME Magazine
"This is a lark that I think you'll respond to and cheer on, a lark about one young man who goes to exaggerated lengths, fighting massive odds and disapproving, fearful people, to take a day off."
‑ Joe Baltake, Philadelphia Daily News
"A minor summertime diversion that could have been much more."
‑ David Sterritt, Christian Science Monitor
"Hilarious comedy classic; language makes it PG-13."
‑ Charles Cassady, Common Sense Media
"[While Risky Business] suggested that money isn't everything, Ferris Bueller insists just the opposite."
‑ Carrie Rickey, Philadelphia Inquirer
"Ferris Bueller exhibits John Hughes on an off day. Paucity of invention here lays bare the total absence of plot or involving situations."
‑ Variety Staff, Variety
"Broderick is remarkably likeable as the arrogant, spoilt brat, Ruck is excellent as his melancholy friend and Jones almost steals the show."
‑ John Ferguson, Radio Times
"Proof, the best in the filmmaker's career, that a movie doesn't need to bend over backwards for Meaning to be absolutely great."
‑ Tim Brayton, Antagony & Ecstasy
"The quintessential teen comedy, this is a movie that could and should serve as a model for movies of this sort in the future."
‑ Brian Webster, Apollo Guide
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