Ferris Bueller's Day Off

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Ferris Bueller's Day Off is a 1986 film about a Chicago high school student who decides to take the day off from school with his girlfriend and his best friend, while creatively avoiding his school's dean of students, his resentful younger sister, and his parents.

Written and directed by John Hughes.
One Man's Struggle To Take It Easy Taglines


Ferris Bueller[edit]

  • [after his parents have left, thinking he is ill] They bought it. Incredible! One of the worst performances of my career and they never doubted it for a second. How could I possibly be expected to handle school on a day like this? This is my ninth sick day this semester. It's getting pretty tough coming up with new illnesses. If I go for ten, I'm probably gonna have to barf up a lung, so I'd better make this one count. The key to faking out the parents is the clammy hands. It's a good non-specific symptom. I'm a big believer in it. A lot of people will tell you that a good phony fever is a dead lock, but, uh, you get a nervous mother, you could wind up in a doctor's office. That's worse than school. You fake a stomach cramp, and when you're bent over, moaning and wailing, you lick your palms. It's a little childish and stupid, but then, so is high school.

    Life moves pretty fast. If you don't stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it. I do have a test today, that wasn't bull-shit. It's on European socialism. I mean really, what's the point. I'm not European. I don't plan on being European, so who gives a crap if they're socialists. They could be fascist anarchists and it still doesn't change the fact that I don't own a car.

  • It's not that I condone fascism or any 'ism' for that matter. Ism's, in my opinion, are not good. A person should not believe in an 'ism,' he should believe in himself. I quote John Lennon: 'I don't believe in Beatles. I just believe in me.' A good point there. After all, he was the walrus. I could be the walrus. I'd still have to bum rides off of people.
  • If anybody needs a day off it's Cameron. He's got a lotta things to sort out before he graduates. He can't be wound up this tight and go to college. His roommate'll kill him. Pardon my French, but Cameron is so uptight, if you stuck a lump of coal up his ass, in 2 weeks, you'd have a diamond.

Cameron Frye[edit]

  • [after Ferris saves him from drowning] Ferris Bueller, you're my hero.

Jeanie Bueller[edit]

  • [on the phone after her encounter with Rooney] Look, this is not a phony phone call. There is an intruder, male, Caucasian, possibly armed, certainly weird, in my kitchen. My name's Bueller. [pause] Look, it's real nice that you hope my brother's feeling better, but I'm in danger. Okay? I'm very cute, I'm very alone, and I'm very protective of my body. I do not want it violated or killed! All right?! I need help! [pause again] Speak any English?! [angrily hangs up] DICK HEAD!

Dialogue[edit]

Mr. Rooney: I don't trust this kid any further than I can throw him.
Grace: Well, with your bad knee, Ed, you shouldn't throw anybody. It's true.
Mr. Rooney: What is so dangerous about a character like Ferris Bueller is he gives good kids bad ideas. The last thing I need at this point in my career is 1,500 Ferris Bueller disciples running around these halls. He jeopardizes my ability to effectively govern this student body.
Grace: Well, he makes you look like an ass, is what he does, Ed.
Mr. Rooney: Thank you, Grace. I think you're wrong.
Grace: Well, he's very popular, Ed. The sportos, the motorheads, geeks, sluts, bloods, wasteoids, dweebies, dickheads — They all adore him. They think he's a righteous dude.
Mr. Rooney: That is why I have got to catch him this time. To show these kids that the example he sets is a first-class ticket to nowhere.
Grace: Oh, Ed, you sounded like Dirty Harry just then.
Mr. Rooney: Really?
Grace: Uh-huh.
Mr. Rooney: Thanks, Grace.

Mr. Rooney: [on the phone with Ferris' mother] Are you also aware, Mrs. Bueller, that Ferris does not have what we consider to be an exemplary attendance record?
Katie: I don't understand.
Mr. Rooney: He has missed an unacceptable number of school days. In the opinion of this educator, Ferris is not taking his academic growth seriously. Now I've spent my morning examining his records. If Ferris thinks that he can just coast through this month and still graduate, he is sorely mistaken. I have no reservations whatsoever about holding him back another year.
Katie: This is all news to me.
Mr. Rooney: It usually is. So far this semester he has been absent nine times.
Katie: Nine times?
Mr. Rooney: Nine times.
Katie: I don't remember him being sick nine times.
Mr. Rooney: That's probably because he wasn't sick. He was skipping school. Wake up and smell the coffee, Mrs. Bueller. It's a fool's paradise. He is just leading you down the primrose path.
Katie: I can't believe it.
Mr. Rooney: I've got it right here in front of me. He has missed nine days.
[his computer screen begins counting down from nine to two; Ferris is at home looking at the same screen on his computer]
Ferris: [to the home audience] I asked for a car, I got a computer. How's that for being born under a bad sign?

Economics Teacher: [takes attendance] Bueller? Bueller? Bueller?
Simone: Um, he's sick. My best friend's sister's boyfriend's brother's girlfriend heard from this guy who knows this kid who's going with the girl who saw Ferris pass out at 31 Flavors last night. I guess it's pretty serious.
Teacher: Thank you, Simone.
Simone: No problem whatsoever.
Teacher: [continues with attendance] Frye? Frye? Frye?

[Ferris and Cameron enter the garage, where Cameron shows Ferris...]
Cameron: The 1961 Ferrari 250GT California. Less than 100 were made. My father spent three years restoring this car. It is his love, it is his passion.
Ferris: It is his fault he didn't lock the garage.
Cameron: Ferris, what are you talkin' about?
[Ferris eyes the car hungrily]
Cameron: Ferris, my father loves this car more than life itself.
Ferris: A man with priorities so far out of whack doesn't deserve such a fine automobile.
[Ferris walks around the car]
Cameron: No, no, apparently you don't understand-
Ferris Wow!
Cameron: He never drives it, he just rubs it with a diaper.

Sloane: What are we gonna do?
Ferris: The question isn't "what are we going to do," the question is "what aren't we going to do"?
Cameron: Please don't say we're not gonna take the car home. Please don't say we're not gonna take the car home. Please don't say we're not gonna take the car home.
Ferris: [to the home audience] If you had access to a car like this, would you take it back right away? [beat] Neither would I.

Ferris: 4,000 restaurants in the downtown area, I pick the one my father goes to.
Cameron: We're pinched for sure.
Ferris: No way, Cameron. Only the meek get pinched. The bold survive. [puts on his beret] Let's go.
Cameron: Let's surrender.
Ferris: Never.

Taglines[edit]

  • One Man's Struggle To Take It Easy
  • Leisure Rules

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