John Hughes – the director of this movie – had no idea how much of a smash hit that Ferris Bueller’s Day Off would be way back in 1986, when he was directing a flick that starred then heartthrob, Mathew Broderick, in the lead role of the lovable and goofy Ferris. 25 years later, the lines from this cult classic movie are as memorable as ever. While the newer generation may not recall the comedic fathoming of a movie that is widely considered to be a classic by today’s movie standards, most people you ask will easily be able to drum up a hilarious anecdote from one of the many different witty lines that truly cemented this movie’s place in the halls of comedy greatness.
To rehash, the movie centered upon Broderick’s lead role of Ferris Bueller, a high school kid growing up in Chicago that decided to play hooky for a day and ditch school with his best friend Cameron (Alan Ruck), and his girlfriend Sloane Peterson (Mia Sara). Upon finding out that the class clown has duped him once again by ditching school for the ninth time that semester, a furious principal, Ed Rooney (Jeffrey Jones), becomes hell-bent on tracking Bueller down and subjecting him to academic expulsion once and for all.
Not only was this movie a blockbuster smash hit, but 25 years later, it’s still memorable for its many different lines. As a matter fact, it’s not only the famous lines or quotes that keep this movie alive nearly three decades later, but it was such a cult classic that even a mainstream band named itself after a scene in the movie as a sign of their dedication to its hilarity.
In 1995, in Orange County, CA, “Save Ferris,” a spa punk band, was formed. The name was dedicated to a famous scene in the movie where Ferris is feigning terminal illness and the whole town pitches in to save him because he is so popular. When the principal stops by his house to catch him ditching school, a trademark hot air balloon is hovering in the sky above with the words “Save Ferris” printed on it. Save Ferris t-shirts were also a hot commodity following the movie; the same shirts that were worn by many of the actors in the school hallways and around town in the flick, following that scene.
Time for a little Save Ferris nostalgia…here are some of the movie’s most memorable lines.
The famous dialogue between Ed Rooney and his secretary, Grace:
Ed 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.
Ed Rooney: What is so dangerous about a character like Ferris Bueller is he gives good kids bad ideas.
Grace: He makes you look like an ass, is what he does, Ed.
Ed Rooney: Thank you, Grace, but I think you're wrong.
Grace: Oh, he's very popular, Ed. The
Ed Rooney: That is why I need 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.
Ed Rooney: Really? Thanks, Grace.
Classic Ferris Bueller monologue during the opening scene, after he convinces his parents that he has to stay home from school because is too sick:
“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 deadlock, 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 BS. 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. It still wouldn't change the fact that I don't own a car. Not that I condone fascism or any ism for that matter. Isms, in my opinion,
Cameron has never been in love. At least, nobody's ever been in love with him. If things don't change for him, he's gonna marry the first girl he lays, and she's gonna treat him like Sh*@ because she will have given him what he has built up in his mind as the end-all, be-all of human existence. She won't respect him, 'cause you can't respect somebody who kisses your ass. It just doesn't work.
If anyone needs a day off it's Cameron. He's got a lot of issues to work out before he graduates. Can't be pent up this bad and go to college; his roommate would 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.”Reignite your passion for this hilarious classic movie! Check our awesome Save Ferris t-shirts and Ferris Bueller t-shirts today. Make your friends jealous!