Things Only Adults Notice In Ferris Bueller’s Day Off


In 1986, the late John Hughes gave film audiences
one of his most beloved teen dramedies — and teen heroes. Filled with memorable scenes, zippy one-liners,
and a motley cast of characters, Ferris Bueller’s Day Off is a film that not only stands the
test of time, but helped define a genre. But watch this classic again as an adult,
and you realize that more than a few parts of the movie are actually pretty cartoonish,
and require a serious suspension of disbelief. Here are just a few examples. Unbelievable toys From his his totally boss stereo to his killer
IBM computer and beyond, Ferris has a bedroom that would make him the envy of any ’80s teen. “Hi Ferris! How’s your bod?” “Oh my God. You’re dying?” Then there’s that awesome synthesizer he uses
to make convincing fart and vomit sound effects while rallying the troops at school — it’s
an E-mu Emulator II, the creme de la creme of synths used by ’80s bands like Depeche
Mode. It would have set Ferris’ parents back about
eight grand — an insane price tag, considering there’s no evidence Ferris even knows how
to really play it or any other instrument, or that his parents are quite that well-off. “Never had one lesson!” Wacky wardrobe Ferris changes his outfit an absurd nine times
before Cameron even picks him up in the morning, pulling looks out of the ether like Bugs Bunny. All before 10:00 a.m., Ferris’ assorted looks
range from PJs to pool attire, from luau gear to hip jazz cat, various states of undress
coming to and from the shower, plus his blue suit that he plans to wear to trick Mr. Rooney
into thinking he’s Sloane’s dad. Time travel Early in the movie, Ferris and Cameron make
their phony phone call to Ed Rooney from Ferris’ house and disagree about how to handle picking
up Sloane at school. To Ferris’ dismay, Cameron (as Sloane’s dad)
blurts out that Mr. Rooney should have Sloane outside the school … “… in ten minutes by herself!” This leads to a series of events that would
suspiciously take longer than 10 minutes: Ferris and Cameron argue over the details,
Ferris delivers an emotional apology, and the two are chums again. They then travel to Cameron’s house, where
Ferris convinces Cameron to “borrow” Cameron’s dad’s vintage Ferrari. They secure the vehicle and travel all the
way to Shermer High, somehow arriving only a minute or so after Mr. Rooney and Sloane
emerge. Identity crisis The biggest mystery about Sloane Peterson
is how seamlessly she goes from utter terror that Ferris’ dad might spot her in the taxi
line at the restaurant to nonchalance about making kissy faces to Mr. Bueller later from
the backseat of another taxi cab. Sure, she has those Ray-Ban sunglasses on
as a brilliant disguise, but even perpetually oblivious Mr. Bueller must recognize his son’s
super-serious girlfriend, right? Considering Ferris proposed to Sloane back
at the Stock Exchange, things might get pretty awkward at the wedding. Mysterious gifts Aside from a quick visit from Mrs. Bueller
to check on an ailing Ferris, and Ferris’ sister Jeanie’s time at home when she kicks
Mr. Rooney in the face and huddles in her bedroom to call the police, the Bueller home
is mostly empty for the day while Ferris enjoys his time off. Yet when everyone comes home at 6:00 p.m.,
the hallways are filled to the rafters with the balloon and flower deliveries sent by
the entire town to wish Ferris a speedy recovery. So who accepted all those deliveries? It couldn’t have been Jeanie — in fact,
we see her slam the door in the singing telegram nurse’s face. And it likely wasn’t Mr. Rooney, because the
one vase of flowers we saw him pick up ended up on the head of the family’s Rottweiler. Does Ferris have a robot butler among his
many fabulous toys? The late bus Ferris Bueller’s Day Off is loaded with brilliant
moments and immensely quotable lines, but the fun doesn’t stop when the credits roll. You’ve gotta love seeing the disheveled and
broken Mr. Rooney accepting a warm gummy bear from his bespectacled bus seatmate, set to
the unforgettably catchy strains of Yello’s “Oh Yeah.” “I bet you’ve never smelled a real school
bus before.” But when you watch it again as an adult, you
realize there’s something peculiar about that school bus filled with teens pulling up to
Mr. Rooney and asking him if he needs a ride. We know it’s now long past 6:00 p.m., and
those kids should have been home hours ago. Who are these kids? Is the driver lost? Considering everything else he managed to
pull off, sticking Rooney on this bizarre bus just might be Ferris’ handiwork. “It’s good for him. It teaches him to deal with his fear.” Thanks for watching! Click the Looper icon to subscribe to our
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Comments
  1. "that would make him the envy of any 80ies teen."

    THAT WAS THE POINT.

    He WAS the envy of every 80ies teen, in the actual movie or watching the movie.

  2. NOTHING you can say will ruin this movie. If you didn't take the advice of Ferris ONE day in your life as a youth………then you missed out.

  3. My high school actually did have a "late bus," for all the kids who had school sanctioned after-school activities. Athletes, school club members, tutors, band members etc all had access to the late busses which was usually at about 4:30 to 5 pm.

  4. No evidence that his parents aren't well off? Did you see that house with the hot tub and pool in the back? That would have been about a $1million home back then and closer to $2.5 million now, in what seems to be portrayed as being in a near Northside suburban town like Wilmette or Evanston or Winnetka or Glencoe or Lake Forest, which are some of the richest neighborhoods in the Chicagoland area. His dad is a downtown business executive and his mom a local real estate agent, I think they could drop 8 to 10k on a keyboard considering my sister and brother in law live there and they bought their daughter a Tesla for highschool graduation.

  5. As many times as I’ve seen this movie, this is the first time I realized he has a Killing Joke poster. Good stuff.

  6. Ok. The whole point of Ferris as a character is that he can get away with ANYTHING. Do you really think he didn’t find a way to get all his instruments/electronics/clothes they way regular people do? Come on!

  7. You're kidding, right? Back then, you could buy a crappy $40 Casio synthesizer with the same capability. All you had to do was sample your voice (or any sound) through the cheesy built-in microphone. If Bueller's parents had any kind of money (and they did), an even nicer setup would be no problem. Sure, the EMU 2 would've been a bit of a stretch, but the capability would've easily been there regardless.

    As for having his "IBM computer" and "awesome stereo", that stuff was really, really common in the bedroom of an 80's teen. Having been one myself, I can personally attest to that.

    As for Bueller's clothes, it's a non-issue. 80's teens – especially those with decently-paid parents – were really, really picky about how they dressed. It was pretty common to have high-fashion clothes on the hangers and at least a suit or two.

    As for the rest, yeah it was pretty suspect. Obviously they weren't exactly worried about realism when the made the movie.

  8. Is it me or does Mia Sara look a little like Winona Ryder and a lot like Peyton List? Like whenever I see her I for some reason automatically think Peyton List.

  9. Some of this pretty easily explained
    1) The keyboard. It seems to stand that his parents are well off. His dad is eating at a very exclusive, members only club which would indicate they have money. And clearly Ferris is capable of talking anyone into anything.
    2) We have no idea how far or close Cameron lives from the school. For all we know the school is just around the corner.
    3) We are never told they are in a "super serious" relationship. Or have even been dating long. Ferris is impulsive which would be why he asked her to marry him.
    4) depending on where you live some busses take A LONG time to get home. There are also After school busses that take kids home that stay for extracurricular activities such as clubs and sports.

  10. Be the dick narrating this is literally no fun at a party….so what there's a few hiccups. It's the most amazing movie!

  11. Hey, sister. It's a comedy. Obviously you don't get it, nor do you get that the whole purpose of most movies is to suspend disbelief.

  12. This is the most overproduction I've seen for a whole lot of nothing in a long time. Title is misleading and it points out obvious crap and irrelevant information. How in the heck do people like this crap

  13. If it took you until you became an adult to realize this movie is a bit cartoonish, and if you still haven't realized his parents are obviously loaded, I feel bad for you.

  14. Who cares? As an 80s kid…Mia Sara. All reality can go to crap with her around. She practically seduced Darkness…and the minds of thousands of teen guys of the era.

  15. Like most films shot in the Chicago area, it undeniably reveals an underlying vibe, quite disturbingly satanic in nature

  16. Okay… Sooo… What's your point? It's pretty Duh why it was like that…. 1. most people who watched this when it came out were stoned outta their gourds, and two, anyone back then didn't really care if what things were on screens were realistic or not. it was funny, that's all that mattered. It was a simpler time…

  17. this doesnt make sense..
    cause its a movie.. shit happens in other places that shit happens in other places..

  18. Ironic he looks like Inspector Gadget in the Dad costume and then goes on to play the character. The cartoon was actually popular when this movie came out.

  19. 3:26: anyone else notice that Ferris doesn't even have all his classes every day? Except Friday, where apparently he's got all. But every other day he's never got more than five. Must be nice. LOL So here's a challenge (provided it doesn't say somewhere else in the movie already): what day of the week is it that Ferris has this adventure?

  20. Nah, none of these matter. Watching Ferris BDO as an adult was just as nice!
    If you're noticing these things then it probably means you've forgotten Ferris' best advice: "Life moves pretty fast, if you don't stop to smell the flowers once in a while, it'll pass you by."
    Stop, smell the flowers, enjoy a great movie from the 80s!

  21. Oh. My. Gosh. Seriously ?!? You are treating this delightful teen/comedy/fantasy/cartoony film like it's supposed to be a genuine slice of life in 1986 for an average high-schooler and his pals. Ridiculous. I couldn't even finish this video, because I got so fed up with this nonsense– all the complaining, thread-pulling, and fussing. I got two thirds in and had to stop. Please, pick on a film that deserves to be taken through the wringer, not this gem. You knuckleheads at Looper can try to suck the joy out of Ferris Bueller's Day Off, but you'll fail … big time.

  22. Did anybody notice how full Wrigley Field was that day? Well, it wasn't. There were no more than about 100 people in the filming. One of them was a friend of mine.

  23. You really have not a creative thought in your mind? All of your 'questions', save one (the gift receipts) are easily within the realm of possibility without even stretching. But hell, let's forget it's a movie and a COMEDY no less, and try to pick it apart. Lame…

  24. I was 19 when this movie came out and I don't even remember that it did at the time. I was a TV junkie and I don't remember seeing a single TV ad or trailer. By the time this movie would've been shown on cable TV, usually a year after it's theatrical release, it wasn't on HBO or Cinemax.
    Maybe it was on Showtime or The Movie Channel which my parents didn't have a subscription for.
    Then I began to hear people making quotes from this movie and they thought it was weird I wasn't getting their jokes.
    "That's from Ferris Bueller. Didn't you see Ferris Bueller?" To which I replied, "No i didn't. What's Ferris Bueller?" to their disbelief.
    I eventually saw this movie in the early 1990's and I didn't understand all the hype and accolades people showered on this film.
    As soon as Broderick broke the 5th wall, I was like, "Give me a fucking break. Is it going to be like this for the whole movie?" Yep!!! Pretty much.
    I think John Hughes movies introduced the concept of white privilege to people of color.
    All of his films had predominantly white stars, always set in very rich suburban settings.
    Judd Nelson was the only white trash character that I can think of in any of his films.

  25. My school district was 2 busses short for my entire high school career. I got stuck on the super early, and super late bus.

    I guess the school board couldn’t do math.

  26. Good film. Can’t believe they offered this role to John Cryer, of Two And A Half Men, first. Glad he turned it down. Made Matthew Broderick a more well known actor.

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