Another reason to hate over educated liberals

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Get Over 'Ferris Bueller,' Everyone

Twenty-five years after its release, John Hughes's most-loved work doesn't hold up

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Ferris Bueller's Day Off, which hit theaters 25 years ago this week and will soon be re-released on Blu-Ray and DVD, inspires a special kind of reverence in suburbia. "Today you'd be hard-pressed to find an American high-school yearbook that doesn't quote somewhere in its pages Ferris Bueller's view on existence," author Susannah Gora writes in her book You Couldn't Ignore Me If You Tried: The Brat Pack, John Hughes, And Their Impact on a Generation. Before going with a bromidic Bob Dylan lyric, I almost made my own senior quote, "Life moves pretty fast. If you don't stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it." In hindsight, it seems about as profound as a fortune cookie. I guess being 17 is a good excuse for banality.
Adults, on the other hand, should know better. Yet they too remain fixated on Ferris, a role that earned Matthew Broderick a Golden Globe nomination. The line, "Bueller? Bueller? Bueller?", delivered by Ben Stein's monotonic economics teacher, is American educators' go-to, passive-aggressive rallying cry. References can also be found outside the classroom. This February,
Baseball Prospectus writer Larry Granillo dedicated two blog posts to determining the precise Cubs game Ferris and his pals attended while playing hooky. An episode of the FOX medical drama House that aired in March centered on a homeless guy who called himself Ferris Bueller. "I think," Juno director Jason Reitman says in Don't You Forget About Me, a 2009 documentary about the late Hughes, "Ferris Bueller's a perfect movie."

Read the whole thing for a peak at how college students are taught to over analyze everything until anything becomes meaningless. FBDO is an fun movie to watch. I liked it then and I like it now. I don't care why I like it. I don't care that there aren't enough black roles, I don't even care that the entire plot is implausible to impossible. Movies are supposed to be fun and FBDO is fun.

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Steve Anderson
written by sanders , June 16, 2011

Not a bad movie for kicking back and having a laugh. It's not a 'Caddyshack' ("Be the ball") or a 'Holy Grail' ("African swallow or European swallow?"), but it's not bad.

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