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Ferris Buellers Day Off (Blu-ray)

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Ferris Bueller. Larger than life. Blessed with a magical sense of serendipity. He's a model for all those who take themselves too seriously. A guy who knows the value of a day off.

Ferris Bueller's Day Off chronicles the events in the day of a rather magical young man, Ferris (Matthew Broderick). One spring day, toward the end of his senior year, Ferris gives in to an overwhelming urge to cut school and head for downtown Chicago with his girl (Mia Sara) and his best friend (Alan Ruck), to see the sights, experience a day of freedom, and show that, with a little ingenuity, a bit of courage and a red Ferrari, life at 17 can be a joy!


Studio Paramount
SKU 210742905
UPC 097361429243
UPC 14 00097361429243
Format Blu-Ray DVD
Release Date 10/13/2009
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Widescreen  1.78:1
Golden Globe (1987) Matthew Broderick, Nominee, Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Comedy/Musical
ReviewSource Chicago Sun-Times
Review Here is one of the most innocent movies in a long time, a sweet, warm-hearted comedy about a teenager who skips school so he can help his best friend win some self-respect. The therapy he has in mind includes a day's visit to Chicago, and after we've seen the Sears Tower, the Art Institute, the Board of Trade, a parade down Dearborn Street, architectural landmarks, a Gold Coast lunch and a game at Wrigley Field, we have to concede that the city and state film offices have done their jobs: If "Ferris Bueller's Day Off" fails on every other level, at least it works as a travelogue...It does, however, work on at least a few other levels. The movie stars Matthew Broderick as Ferris, a bright high school senior from the North Shore who fakes an illness so he can spend a day in town with his girlfriend, Sloane (the astonishingly beautiful Mia Sara) and his best friend, Cameron (Alan Ruck)...The body of the movie is a lighthearted excursion through the Loop, including a German-American Day parade in which Ferris leaps aboard a float, grabs a microphone and starts singing "Twist and Shout" while the marching band backs him up. The teens fake their way into a fancy restaurant for lunch, spend some time gawking at the masterpieces in the Art Institute, and then go out to Wrigley Field..."Ferris Bueller" was directed by John Hughes, the philosopher of adolescence, whose credits include "16 Candles," "The Breakfast Club" and "Pretty in Pink." In all of his films, adults are strange, distant creatures who love their teenagers, but fail completely to understand them. That's the case here, all right: All of the adults, including a bumbling high-school dean (Jeffrey Jones), are dim-witted and one-dimensional. And the movie's solutions to Cameron's problems are pretty simplistic. But the film's heart is in the right place, and "Ferris Bueller" is slight, whimsical and sweet.
Reviewer Roger Ebert
ReviewRating 8
Review Who among Generation X doesn't like--love--Ferris Bueller? Sure, John Hughes made lots of era- and generation-defining movies in the '80s, but this, alongside Breakfast Club, was his crowning glory, equally appealing to all teenagers, regardless of gender or social status...The story is simple: a high-school senior (Matthew Broderick) plays hooky one day and takes his girlfriend (Mia Sara) and his best friend, Cameron (Alan Ruck), along for the ride. Surely if those characters existed and grew up, they never would have forgotten that day, and neither have those of us who experienced it with them. Ferris outwits the evil principal, Mr. Rooney (Jeffrey Jones) and his parents (Cindy Pickett and Lyman Ward, who married in real life after the film wrapped), pisses off his sister (Jennifer Grey), and elicits sympathy from everyone else--schoolmates and teachers alike. What high school kid, from any era, doesn't have that fantasy?...That's precisely what Ferris Bueller's Day Off is: a fantasy. That's the genius of John Hughes: he stretches plausibility without breaking it completely. There is nothing anywhere in the film that isn't possible. The situations just aren't very likely, from Ferris' amazing contraptions to the principal just barely missing the truant trio on the jumbotron at a baseball game. Add that to very realistic emotions, ground it with strong performances, and you've got a timeless classic...Kids today might see Ferris Bueller the way the Ferris Bueller generation saw Doris Day or Gidget: too simple, too uncomplicated. But we'd hazard a guess that they'll appreciate it for the deeper resonance. The haircuts may seem funny--they are funny--and the music might seem off an oldies' station, but the quest of kids to outwit adults, a primary theme among Hughes films, from Breakfast Club to Home Alone, is timeless.
Reviewer Sarah Chauncey
ReviewRating 9
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Channel 4 Film Broderick is amiably charismatic and high school dean Jones almost matches him in comic skill.
Clint Morris, MovieHole The pinnacle of Director John Hughes career. A comedy gem!
John J. Puccio, DVD Town ...funny, satiric, bright, and inventive...with an exhilarating finish.
Marjorie Baumgarten, Austin Chronicle When people think fondly of John Hughes, it's movies like Ferris Bueller that they're thinking of.
Scott Weinberg, Eminently quotable and very, very fun.

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