Monday, 10 February 2014

Ferris Bueller's Day Off

Ferris Bueller's Day Off (1986)

Synopsis: Ferris is a street-wise kid who knows all the tricks. Today he decides to take the day off school. When Ferris takes the day off, so must his best friends, Cameron and Sloane. Cameron is reluctantly persuaded to borrow his father's Ferrari, and together they hatch a plan to get Sloane out of class. Suspicious dean of students Ed Rooney knows all about Ferris, but can never catch him. Ferris' sister Jeanie is also frustrated that Ferris always gets away with his tricks and she doesn't. Furthermore, Ferris is an 'angel' in his parents eyes. It's Ferris' day off, he's out to enjoy himself, and he does!

  • Rebellious teens 
  • Precursor to yuppies, value money, have impulsive tendencies and are materialistic
  • Typical 1980's style: Girls with big hair, preppy dress sense
  • Protagonist; Ferris Bueller, is the bad boy of the 80's era and introduces a new rebel attitude to 80's cinema.  
  • Represents the laid back attitude during this time period. 
"The 1980s saw a surge of popularity in teen-flicks.  These were comedies or coming-of-age films.  A notable youth film from this decade is Ferris Buellers Day Off (1986). "

"In Ferris Buellers Day Off, Ferris plays hooky and drags his hesitant best friend, Cameron, and girlfriend, Sloane, along with him.  Together they run into mischief and enjoy the day for themselves.  Set in a society that promoted individuality and worshipped the Material Girl, the film is about a quest of self enjoyment before venturing off to the adult world and college.  When Ferris spots Cameron’s stepfather’s Ferrari, he begs Cameron to let them take it for a joyride.  He does not take Cameron’s hesitation and nervousness into consideration.  Ferris is concerned only with the high quota of fun he expects himself to have on his day off.  When the car is accidentally destroyed, Ferris does not receive the discipline he deserves but gets off scot-free when Cameron decides to face his stepfather alone."

"Society changed by the 1980s and people were more concerned with themselves.  As good as the youth films of the 1980s are, the concerns of the individual are placed before the well-being of the other characters."

"Ferris Bueller’s materialism reflects the centering of the individual’s wants over the community’s needs as was common in 1980s affluent society. It is taken for granted (by them and their parents) that each of the characters in “Ferris Bueller's Day Off” will go to university and that this will lead to financial success and therefore, an increase in class status through accumulated material signifiers. In a quote at the beginning, Bueller sums this up “I have to take it [a test], I want to go a good college so I can have fruitful life”. This is what his parents want to hear (which is obviously why he is saying it) but it is what he would want too; anything less would disappoint him in comparison to the life he is accustomed to. “Ferris Bueller's Day Off” offers a representation of America that it is almost purely middle class "

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