Life moves pretty fast. If you don’t stop and look around once a while you could miss this quintessential 80’s Flick. It has been called one of the classic movies about the teenage experience, as relevant to today’s Snapchatting pre-adults as it was to those coming of age in the Pac Man Mania era. This enduring popularity is thanks to its simple story – teenage boy fakes a sickness to embark on a day of antics and adventure around Chicago. The energetic cast and quotable dialogue nails the in-between psychology of adolescents. No longer children and not yet adults, the titular anti-hero and his socially awkward friend– and, to a lesser extent, his jealous sister – use this single day of wild abandon to better understand their place in the world. So fake a stomach cramp, get your best friend to steal his dad’s Ferrari, and then fool your principal to get your girlfriend out of class so you can join Tim Williams and guest co-host, Jeff Atkins, as they discuss “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off” from 1986 on this episode of the 80’s Flick Flashback.
Here are some additional behind the scenes trivia we were unable to cover in this episode:
Matthew Broderick and Jennifer Grey, who played siblings in the movie, were actually dating during filming and kept their romance a secret to not make their brother and sister scenes seem awkward to the other cast and crew. Yet it turns out, there was another reason why Broderick and Grey kept their relationship low-key during the filming process. According to Mia Sara, (aka Sloane), she was in love with Broderick at the time. But as much as she tried to come onto the actor, he would always politely turn her down. It wasn’t until later in life that Sara found out he was in a relationship with Grey during filming.
In the scene by the swimming pool where Alan Ruck's character Cameron finally snaps out of his catatonic state and embraces the situation, Matthew Broderick throwing Mia Sara into pool after pushing Cameron in was unscripted. Her screams of surprise were genuine and the playful nature of the moment convinced John Hughes to include the shot in the final cut of the film.
The bus scene that plays during the ending credits was a scene cut from the movie. It was meant to take place after Jeanie announced that she called the police, and Rooney had to find a place to hide. This explains why the sky isn't dark, and why a bus is taking students home at 6:00 p.m.
Wikipedia, IMDB, Rotten Tomatoes, Box Office Mojo
Intro & Outro Music: "Total Eclipse" by Nathaniel Wyver
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