Last night we happened to catch Ferris Bueller's Day Off on cable right as it was beginning, and that movie continues to amaze me -- it holds up really well, even though the older you are, the more you realize certain plot holes are ridiculous. Watching it, we were simultaneously admiring things they get away with that would never work now, things that are still hilarious, and things that should've struck us as crazy the first time around and totally didn't.
One of those things? How Matthew Broderick downright minces through most of that movie. In particular, the scene at the fancy restaurant when he delivers a monologue in the powder room, he practically sashays. I'm not saying this means anything about him, or at all; just that when I first saw this film, like most kids I'm sure, I LOOOOVED him and thought he was just the ultimate dreamboat boyfriend, the coolest guy imaginable. Oh, I crushed hard on Ferris. And now he comes off kind of like a fey princess. So... you know, it's just an issue of seeing it through a more jaded, older lens.
But there's a million other random things that leap out at you. I love that they got inside Chicago's art museum and used all those shots of iconic paintings, which would probably be so impossible today. The parade scene must've been a crazy undertaking, because that is a LOT of people in downtown Chicago, and they clearly didn't use a soundstage, which I really adore. Also, if Mr. Rooney could call Ferris's mom at work to tell her that he'd been sick nine times, and he tried calling the Peterson house because he was suspicious that something was rotten in the state of Bueller, why didn't he call Sloane Peterson's father at work to double-check that he'd actually been speaking to him earlier? When did Sloane stop to re-record her answering-machine message? If the Ferrari is Cameron's dad's prized possession, why was the special garage unlocked and why were the keys sitting in the ignition? Why does Ferris flip out at Cameron for telling Rooney to be with Sloane when they pick her up, then tongue-kiss her in front of Rooney while pretending to be her father? Why would the cops arrest Jeannie for making a phony phone call, bring in her mother because they don't believe her story about an intruder, and then tell Mrs. Bueller that Jeannie has clearly had a pretty good scare? And what happened when the REAL Abe Froman showed up for his noon lunch reservation and showed photo ID proving his identity? Did Abe just conveniently decide not to go through with his lunch date? WHAT? WHAT OF THE SAUSAGE KING?
I mean, they're silly things that you totally let go because the entire film is a fantasy anyway, and they don't diminish my love of the movie, but you know how it is -- I saw that film when I was too young to understand half the jokes (I think I was... ten, maybe?) but somehow that made it even awesomer for me because I felt so mature, and it imprinted on me as the Best Movie Ever. And it's always weird to step away from those movies you loved as a kid and then come back and be like, "Okay, still hilarious, but I never noticed THAT before."
My favorite discovery is that there is a rather large typo in the music credits, where they refer to the iconic song they use when the two parking attendants hijack the Ferrari as the "Stars Wars Theme Song."
I'm dreading the day somebody decides it's time to do a proper remake of this film. If it were today, they'd probably give it to Zac Efron and Vanessa Hudgens, and, like, Jack Black would play Mr. Rooney and Rachel Dratch would be cast as in the Edie McClurg role, and a Jonas Brother would get to be Charlie Sheen, all drugged out at the police station and macking on Jeannie -- who, of course, would be Miley Cyrus. And then I would pass out and never wake up again.