Ferris Bueller: My idea of success

Life wisdom from one of the most iconic films of the last 60 decades: Ferris Bueller´s Day Off.

“Life moves pretty fast. If you don’t stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it.”

Lately I have been thinking a lot about happiness, success, what I want out of life and what I should do to make it happen. I want to follow Cameron´s advice “I am not going to sit on my ass as the events that affect me unfold to determine the course of my life. I’m going to take a stand. I’m going to defend it. Right or wrong, I’m going to defend it.”. In any case, there are a lot of questions on my mind and in the middle of all this wondering something happened: this this week I was talking about movies and this phrase just came out of my mouth “Ferris Bueller is basically my definition of success”. So, I wanted to talk about the movie and of course it´s soundtrack.

Characters:

SUCCESS

Ferris Bueller: Mathew Broderick. As the title to this post states, he is to me success incarnated. He is kind, fun, charming, thinks of his happiness but also considers those close to him. He’s also smart, articulate, a cool dresser, a great singer and a fabulous dancer!!! That is what I value in life, what matters to me, what motivates me. He aced it all…plus, he can also pass as “Abe Froman: sausage king of Chicago”

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Cameron Frye: Allan Ruck. Cameron has a different kind of success. He succeeds where I think us (mere humans) need to most: he overcomes his fears. He chooses to confront his father, he knows that friendship is more important than material things.

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Sloane Peterson: Mia Sara. She is successful because she knows how to play along. She plays it cool although she is clearly head over heels for Ferris (and who isn’t?).

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Jeanie Bueller: Jennifer Grey. I think she is also a more mundane example of success, but an important one. She is able to move past her anger and jealousy towards her brother and is therefore redeemed. I personally was pretty shitty to my younger brother and now we are very close, so I vouch that it is best to let anger go and you will have an eternal accomplice in your brother.

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Garage Attendant: Richard Edson – Attendant´s Co-pilot: Larry Flash Jenkins. I think they are indisputable winners. They got to drive in the Ferrari and live a life without consequences!

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LOSERS

Ed Rooney : Jeffery Jones. Oh Mr. Rooney, it´s not even that you let yourself get carried away by envy, it is that you generally SUCK! I think the actor looked at every negative role model you have growing up and blended him into one pathetic (and very well played) small person. By small I mean with no spirit, completely bowed to the dark side.

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Grace: Edie McClurg. She is not a loser intentionally and maybe I should put her in another category because her will is not involved. In any case, I feel sometimes we all fall in her same situation, just sitting there without even questioning her boss´attitude.

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Boy in police station: Charlie Sheen. Mhhh, he is the typical example of what went wrong with the bad boy idea…of thinking “drugs are cool” and all that…believe me, I am not on a persecution against narcotics, but this guy, even here, you could see this was just excess…maybe it is a prophecy, a self fulfilling prophecy?

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Chez Quis Maitre D´: Jonathan Schmock. While he tried to outwit our lead characters the man not only was not able to destroy their cover but also managed to be one of the most obnoxious characters ever? I think this is the kind of person I have encountered the most! It is clearly abusing the “power” they have to make other´s live miserable because they themselves are miserable! It reminds me of people I used to work with, I warn you all, beware of people whose only kick out of life comes from working a shitty job and trying to make other people sink down to their level of unhappiness.

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UN-CATEGORIZABLE

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Economics Teacher: Ben Stein. I don’t know if he is the worst economics teacher in the world or the best one:

“In 1930, the Republican-controlled House of Representatives, in an effort to alleviate the effects of the… Anyone? Anyone?… the Great Depression, passed the… Anyone? Anyone? The tariff bill? The Hawley-Smoot Tariff Act? Which, anyone? Raised or lowered?… raised tariffs, in an effort to collect more revenue for the federal government. Did it work? Anyone? Anyone know the effects? It did not work, and the United States sank deeper into the Great Depression. Today we have a similar debate over this. Anyone know what this is? Class? Anyone?  Anyone? Anyone seen this before? The Laffer Curve. Anyone know what this says? It says that at this point on the revenue curve, you will get exactly the same amount of revenue as at this point. This is very controversial. Does anyone know what Vice President Bush called this in 1980? Anyone? Something-d-o-o economics. “Voodoo” economics.”

What do you think? Is he successful or not: anyone? anyone?

Danke Schoen – Wayne Newton

SOUNDTRACK

I had a hard time picking a song from this soundtrack. It is just SPECTACULAR. It influenced my musical taste and I think it could be one of the most successful soundtracks of all time. If you listen to at least 5 of the songs (i.e. “Twist and Shout”, “Danke Schoen”, “The Edge of Forever”, “Oh Yeah” and “March of the Swivelheads”), I can pretty much guarantee that over 90% of people (normal people) will think of the movie: memorable soundtrack.

Song Performed by
BAD Big Audio Dynamite
Beat City The Flowerpot Men
Danke Schoen Wayne Newton
The edge of forever The Dream academy
I´m afraid The blue room
Jeannie (Theme of I dream of Jeannie) Hugo Montenegro
Love Missile F1-11 Sigue Sigue Sputnik
March Of The Swivelheads The (English) Beat
Oh Yeah Yello
Please Please Please Let Me Get What I Want The Dream Academy
Radio People Zapp
Star Wars (Main Title) Written by John Williams
Taking The Day Off General Public
Twist And Shout The Beatles
Minuet from String Quartet in E Major Luigi Boccherini

1986. A high school wise guy is determined to have a day off from school, despite of what the principal thinks of that.

Director: John Hughes

Writer: John Hughes (We will do a post on him, we promise).

Stars:  Matthew Broderick, Alan Ruck, Mia Sara.

Awards: Matthew Broderick was nominated for a Golden Globe – Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture – Comedy/Musical

Budget:

 $6,000,000 (estimated)

Gross:

$70,136,369 (USA)

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11 thoughts on “Ferris Bueller: My idea of success

  1. damn! I’m missin all those discussions, not offering coffee, not even gin and tonic, what about a good wine?, just for the chat, because to be honest I only watched the movie once, to be more honest before I watched the movie I watched the TV series (shame on me!), only good thing about it was Jennifer Aniston was on it

    Cheers!

    1. wine? sounds good jajajaja
      WATCH IT AGAIN!!!!!!!!!!!
      between that TV series and Parker Lewis, I´ll take Parker Lewis!!!

  2. wine it is!

    hahaha parker lewis? damn I completely forgot about it, good one, I liked it, talking about old series this last seasons of Big Bang Theory have reminded me of an old series, of course it is Bloosom!, not many people I know used to watch Bloosom, I didn’t even know why I watched it!

      1. haha of course, that’s why! little blossom, I have to say I enjoyed that series, not sure why, ha, and yes I knew about her PhD, clever girl!

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