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Ferris Bueller's Day Off

By Charles Cassady Jr., Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 12+

Classic teen comedy has language, lack of consequences.

Movie PG-13 1986 103 minutes
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Community Reviews

age 12+

Based on 48 parent reviews

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.
age 11+

Funny movie besides language!

This movie is on my top 5 funniest movies. It is so amazing. The only two downsides are that they have to much language ( half of the movie is swearing, also includes the F- bomb), a little bit of sex/nude ( Ferris looks at naked women, but its faraway so its not clear and it's blurry). Also, a teenage boy asks a girl if she wants drugs and she says no, he keeps talking to her and she is annoyed but later she deeply kisses her for a long time. (The dude looked like he was a punk dude.) I love this movie so much, I laughed for almost the whole movie! So ages 11+! ;) ,

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (48 ):
Kids say (227 ):

Exuberant and stacked hopelessly in favor of its chatty title character, this movie is both enjoyable and the king of the "smart kid/oblivious parent" trend. You don't have to be as bright as the hero in Ferris Bueller's Day Off to see how young viewers would enjoy movies that show them as savvy and resourceful, outsmarting uncool authorities at every turn. But back when this premiered in 1986, the clever Bueller was a refreshing change from a too common movie image of teens at the mercy of drugs, their libidos, or the occasional serial slasher. Director John Hughes made his reputation by creating quirky young characters like Ferris who have rich inner lives and realistic personal concerns.

It's both a key to this movie's popularity and a little disquieting that Ferris never faces any consequences for his behavior. Even Bart Simpson usually has to take responsibility. But Hughes justifies Ferris' choices as a healthy response to self-centered and materialistic adults like Cameron's father. In the end, it's poor Cameron who takes the fall for the gang, but even he looks forward to the opportunity to defy his (unseen) "old man," who is accused of valuing the Ferrari more than his son. A good question, though, would be whether carefree Ferris will be any better when (if?) he grows up.

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