Ferris Bueller's Day Off

  • 15
  • John Hughes (1986)
  • US
  • 98 min
Ferris Bueller's Day Off
Film Review
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4 out of 5

In this comedy, Matthew Broderick - worshipped by students, scourge of teachers - decides to play truant and whisks reluctant chum Alan Ruck and girlfriend Mia Sara off to the big city for an adventure; meanwhile, uptight dean of students Jeffrey Jones is determined to catch him in the act. This remains the most fully rounded of writer/director John Hughes's teen comedies, although once again it's marred slightly by Hughes's familiar undercurrent of sentimentality. Broderick is remarkably likeable as the arrogant, spoilt brat, Ruck is excellent as his melancholy friend and Jones almost steals the show as he suffers the humiliations that would later be heaped upon the burglars in the Hughes-scripted blockbuster Home Alone. The film also provides early outings for Jennifer Grey (Dirty Dancing) and Charlie Sheen.

Plot Summary

Comedy starring Matthew Broderick. Ferris Bueller is smart, and when he plays truant from high school he does it with style. An illicit trip to downtown Chicago involves girlfriend Sloane, best friend Cameron and Cameron's father's prized red Ferrari. Out to foil Ferris are sister Jeanie and Dean of Students Ed Rooney. Will Ferris's luck run out?

Cast and crew


Ferris Bueller
Matthew Broderick
Cameron Frye
Alan Ruck
Sloane Peterson
Mia Sara
Ed Rooney
Jeffrey Jones
Jeanie Bueller
Jennifer Grey
Katie Bueller
Cindy Pickett
Tom Bueller
Lyman Ward
School secretary
Edie McClurg
Garth Volbeck
Charlie Sheen
Economics teacher
Ben Stein
History teacher
Del Close


John Hughes

Other Information

Theatrical distributor: 
U.I.P. (UK)
Some swearing.
Available on video, DVD and BluRay
Certificate 15