Ferris Bueller's Day Off
Bantam, London, 1987
The blurb on the back:
Everybody needs a day off - whether he's 55 or 5
Ferris Bueller is a model for all those who take themselves too seriously. Ferris knows the value of a day off, and just how to make the best of any situation.
His plan is fool proof. He'll pretend he's sick (and the whole city will be sure he's at death's door). He'll get his girlfriend out of school (using the famous 'dead relative' excuse). And they'll drive in style to every Chicago hot spot (in his best friend's father's Ferrari, of course).
It's not an ordinary day off, it's ... FERRIS BUELLER'S DAY OFF
Before he became the king of pre-teen comedy with Home Alone, John Hughes was the king of teen comedy in the 1980s. His best movie was The Breakfast Club, but for those who found that one a bit weighty, Ferris Bueller's Day Off was the most fun. Matthew Broderick is the boy Bueller, a serial truant who fancies a day off school and has every intention of making the most of it:
'This is my ninth sick day this semester. It's getting tough coming up with new illnesses. If I go for ten, I'm probably going to have to barf up a lung. So I better make this one count.'
Obviously it's nowhere near as good on paper as it is on screen - Hughes genuinely was a good director in his day - but it's harmless enough.
as Ferris Bueller
ARTISTIC MERIT: 2/5
ENTERTAINMENT VALUE: 2/5
HIPNESS QUOTIENT: 2/5