The Squid and a few others guessed it correctly last week, that my movie for this edition of the Mock Squid Soup Film Society is the 1986 classic Ferris Bueller’s Day Off.
- In my movie, vanity plates on the cars make reference to the director’s other movies. One license plate from the movie is on display at Planet Hollywood in Orlando. Such as MMOM for Mr. Mom and TBC for The Breakfast Club. The plate at Planet Hollywood says NRVOUS, and was the plate on Cameron’s dad’s doomed 1961 Ferrari 250 GT SWB California Spider.
- In my movie one scene takes place in a restaurant. The same restaurant was the setting for a scene in the 1980 movie The Blues Brothers. Chez Quis in Bueller, and Chez Paul in Blues Brothers. The exterior used for the restaurant is actually a residence.
- One song sung multiple times in the movie was made famous by a singer who appeared in a movie that was a sequel to a movie written by the director of my movie. However the director of my movie did NOT participate in this sequel. The song is “Danke Schoen” by Wayne Newton, who pursued Ellen Griswold in Vegas Vacation. John Hughes who wrote and directed Ferris Bueller wrote the original National Lampoon’s Vacation.
This movie is a favorite and one that I believe still holds up quite well almost 30 years later. I am however, biased as it is a relic of my youth that I look upon with nostalgia. So for this viewing I decided to share it with my twelve-year-old son, hoping that he would love it and curious to see if HE thinks it still holds up. Here is my post-movie interview with him:
Me: What did you think of Ferris Bueller’s Day Off?
- Son: I thought it was extremely hilarious! I loved all the stuff that happened.
Me: What was your favorite part?
- Son: All of the humor. How funny everything was when it was put all together.
- Son: I really liked when Jeannie kicked Mr. Rooney in the face three times, but my favorite was when Ferris was explaining how to fake being sick to get out of school. And I liked all the “Save Ferris” scenes.
- Son: Mr. Rooney, because of how he acted. Like when he tried to look in the windows of Ferris’ house and break in. I can’t imagine if my principal tried that!
Me: Did the movie feel dated to you?
- Son: Yes, it did when they were wearing their underwear to go swimming. [note: I think he didn’t really understand why they were in their unders!] Also, the songs were definitely not ones you would hear today.
Me: Would you recommend this movie to your friends?
- Son: Yes, they would love it!
Me: Of all the stuff in Ferris’ bedroom, what is one thing you wish you could have?
- Son: That sound effects keyboard!
So there you have it folks. The kids of today love Ferris Bueller’s Day Off too! Just for heaven’s sake please wear a swimsuit when you go swimming… wearing your underwear in the swimming pool is so 1986.
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