In a recent article for The Atlantic, writer Alan Siegel told America it needs to “get over” Ferris Bueller’s Day Off.
His argument is the film, which turns a quarter-century old this year,
is a work of banal classism, and its titular “righteous dude” is
actually a spoiled jerk. First of all, as someone who’s long questioned
the alleged profundity of John Hughes, I’ve always enjoyed Ferris
precisely because of the late director’s decision to embrace banality.
And as for the stuff about Bueller himself: Yeah, and? He isn’t supposed
to be someone we relate to (that’s what Cameron is there for). We just
admire his audacity. He is basically Bill Clinton, the slick-talking
politician we all secretly wish we could be. America loves jerks, and
that’s why we love Ferris. Bagdad. 8:30 pm Thursday,
- Best paired with: Ruby Ale.
- Also showing: The Sandlot (Kennedy School. 6 pm Tuesday, June 21).