Ferris Bueller's Day Off

Movie review by Charles Cassady Jr., Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 12+

Classic teen comedy has language, lack of consequences.

PG-13 1986 103 minutes

Parents say

age 12+

Based on 52 reviews

Kids say

age 11+

Based on 233 reviews

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Community Reviews

age 14+

Loved as a high schooler, does NOT hold up well

I have only the fondest memories of this film from growing up in the 80's and watching it in cinemas with my friends. It has not held up well. Primary issues: * Ferris is an almost perfect embodiment of privilege. In the current social context, his belief that the rules don't apply to him and he can get away with anything due to his privilege just don't age well into the 2020's * He's kind of a d*ck. If any friend of yours treated you this way, you'd likely tell him to get lost. He's genuinely unpleasant to Cameron, a character deserving of deep empathy * Zero consequences - A richer movie would have explored the consequences of actions. (Spoiler alert) Ferris tips Cameron over the edge and he snaps, wrecking the car (which was 100% Ferris's fault due to cavalierly running the mileage up.) Nothing is explored here. At least the music was good and the Charlie Sheen cameo is as good as I remember, as is the post-credit scene. Anyway, leave this one in the nostalgia locker where it can remain as inspirational as it was in the late-80's.
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age 11+

It’s a classic for a reason

Spare us the woke reviews and diversity warnings! (I’m going to check and see what they say about What’s Happening, a show I also loved but that did not have a diverse cast.) Good Lord. It’s a classic for a reason. 13 and up given language and sexual content.
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