ByHaley Ames, writer at
John Hughes is Life
Haley Ames

Ferris Bueller’s Day Off is a movie we all know well. Ferris Bueller was created to let us into his life full of luxury and easygoingness; he was created so we had someone to relate to and also someone who could help us dream away our worries about the real world.

Ferris Bueller made many contributions to the world of movies, television, music, and more. The characters in this movie were able to create new ways of thinking for directors in the future and also actors. Ferris Bueller helped to shape the world in which we wish we were apart of; full of adventure, relaxation, and excitement. And to thank him, here are 5 ways Ferris Bueller affected our lives and the way movies are made today.

1. John Hughes Was A Huge Success With Our Generation

John Hughes and Matthew Broderick on set
John Hughes and Matthew Broderick on set

John Hughes directed many films in the 1980’s, including some of his most memorable Pretty in Pink, Breakfast Club, and Sixteen Candles, but he also directed a fantastic film on that list, Ferris Bueller’s Day Off. Hughes was a big success then and still is now; everybody craves to watch a solid movie directed by John Hughes. A tribute to John Hughes took place at Oscars recently and many fans agreed that a tribute was nothing but deserved.

Hughes was such a huge contributor to the kinds of movies that are being made today, that many of his ideas are included in these films. Hughes helped change the course of directing and movies forever by being able to create something everyone could relate to, making his art timeless and being able to make new classics. Hughes directing Ferris Bueller’s Day Off not only made him more loved, but his character Ferris Bueller is widely loved by all who watch the John Hughes movie. It has a classic vibe to it that only John Hughes could make happen.

2. Ferris Bueller Changed Character Development In Cinema

Ferris, Sloane,Cameron at the Art Museum in Chicago
Ferris, Sloane,Cameron at the Art Museum in Chicago

Having Ferris be so charismatic and carefree, a larger than life character with no real problems at all, while Cameron is a real teenager, full of anger and is a little depressed. The differences between the two main characters that are best friends created a new trend in character development that made it fresh and exciting to know that it was a real life experience for friends to have real difference.

The tension creates the relationships between Ferris and Cameron, who have been friends since childhood, and it explains why Ferris and Cameron disagree on so much. They are completely different from one another; while Ferris is Go-Go-Go, Cameron is No-No-No. The opposites attract relationship is more common in movies currently than back when this movie was made; it helped create the trend of two very people could become friends and that it helps set the situation in a movie.

3. Ferris Bueller Was Just So Dang Likable

How could you not love a face like that?
How could you not love a face like that?

Any who has seen Ferris Bueller’s Day Off knows that Ferris is one irresistible guy; the way he is able to have everyone in the palm of his hand, from his parents all the way to the police; Ferris is a very likable character. His peers at school saw him as an ‘alpha’, being able to fit in with any group at his high school, and being so cool while doing it that they instantly loved him. Grace, Principal Rooney’s secretary, agrees “oh, he's very popular Ed. The sportos, the motorheads, geeks, sluts, bloods, wastoids, dweebies, dickheads - they all adore him. They think he's a righteous dude” (Ferris Bueller’s Day Off). Ferris is adored by all of his fellow students but he is also popular around his town, he even gets the police station to ‘root for him’ on getting better. Not only does news travel fast in his town but he is wildly popular with everyone in it. Ferris being so likable makes the movie easily able to relate to and enjoy, which makes him even more loved by the audience that he is appealing to.

4. Ferris Was Able To Do The Impossible

Ferris Bueller was able to achieve the perfect day AND not get caught by his parents or any other adult for that matter. But how does he do it? How does he manage to be able to get through his last day off without any hitches? Because Ferris Bueller can do anything. There are many arguments about how it would have been totally impossible that Ferris and his friends would have been able to do half of the things that they accomplished in one day. But, Ferris being Ferris, he is the only person who would be able to complete such a full day without missing a beat; he was able to pick up Cameron and Sloane, drive to the city of Chicago, visit an art museum, eat at a fancy restaurant, perform on a parade float, and let Cameron have his melt down before ruining his father’s car and making it home on time. “Ferris had a very eventful day traveling throughout Chicago and took part in a great deal of exciting things. Ferris Bueller’s day off was possible and could have been done by a man as creative and confident as the one and only Ferris Bueller”. Only Ferris would have been able to pull off a stunt so crazy; a day full of hopping around from place to place with no intention of backing down or getting caught.

5. Ferris Bueller’s Day Off Changed The Course Of Film Making

An article on explains how Ferris Bueller not only affected movies but many other aspects of television, “time certainly hasn't diminished the movie’s impact, which continues to be felt to this day”. From this movie, many other things have changed in the world of cinema; this movie inspired directors and actors alike to dare to go for the gold and do something extraordinary with their lives and careers. On the DVD commentary of Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, Ben Stein, who played the economics teacher, had this to say, “Why does everyone want to be Ferris, or at least befriend him? It's that urge to enjoy life's pleasures and experience freedom...that's why the film will live forever, we want to be free. We want to have a good time. We know we're not going to be able to all our lives. We know we're going to have to buckle down and work. We know we're going to have to eventually become family men and women, and have responsibilities and pay our bills. But just give us a couple of good days that we can look back on”. With a goal like that in mind, Ferris gives us the opportunity to enjoy our lives and to remind us about all the things we could be missing out on.

The need to be different and have freedom is a basic desire in all of us. We all want to take chances to be apart of something bigger than ourselves; to make our mark on the world and hope that it sticks. Ferris is apart of the imagination where anything is possible and that is why Ferris Bueller’s Day Off was created. These 5 reasons for how Ferris Bueller affected our lives and the movies we watch make us think about how movies have evolved since 80’s, people and movies are more diverse, but we still appreciate a great movie when we see one.


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