"Cameron's so tight, if you stuck a piece of coal up his ass, in two weeks you'd have a diamond."
Description: Matthew Broderick as high school student Ferris Bueller makes a flippant remark about his friend Cameron Frye (Alan Ruck) in the motion picture Ferris Bueller’s Day Off (1986).
"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 dead lock, 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." - Ferris Beuller
Ferris Beuller is a high school student nearing graduation who lives in suburbia with mother, Katie (Cindy Pickett), father Tom (Lyman Ward) and sister Jeanie (Jennifer Grey). Ferris feels that rules are for other people and often cuts corners and lies to make his life easier. Case in point: Ferris has skipped nine days from school (unbeknownst to his mom) and now he wants to feign sickness so he can take off another day and just bum around the city of Chicago instead of going to school and taking a test for 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 doesn't change the fact that I don't own a car."
Manipulating his depressive friend Cameron to borrow (without permission) his father's classic 1961 Ferrari 250GT California [license: NRVOUS], Ferris hits the road with Cameron and Ferris' girlfriend Sloane Peterson (Mia Sara). Sloane got out of school on the pretext that her grandmother died (courtesy of a bogus phone call from Cameron).
When Ferris arrives in downtown Chicago, he leaves the Ferrari with two parking lot attendants who quickly take the car for a joyride. Meanwhile, Ferris and company see the sights, including a Cubs game at Wrigley Field, the Sears Tower, the Art Institute of Chicago, the Chicago Mercantile Exchange and the annual Von Steuben Day Parade, where Ferris boards a float and lip-synchs to such songs as "Danke Schoen" and The Beatles' version of "Twist and Shout." Ferris and friends also have dinner at a fancy restaurant on Rush Street where he poses as Abe Froeman, the Sausage King of Chicago, and narrowly avoids his father, who is on his way to lunch with business associates.
As the three truant students have a carefree day in town, the kids at school are collecting money for Ferris because of the lie he told inferring he was suffering from a bad medical condition. As Grace, the school secretary recalls, "Oh, he's very popular...The sportos, the motorheads, geeks, sluts, bloods, wastoids, dweebies, dickheads - they all adore him. They think he's a righteous dude."
"He does whatever he wants, whenever he wants and he never gets nailed" - Jeanie Beuller [about her brother, Ferris]
But there are two people at school who do not believe that Ferris is home sick: namely, Ed Rooney (Jeffrey Jones), the Dean of Students and Jeanie Bueller, who knows her brother too well buy his sob story. Soon, Mr. Rooney, (who believes Ferris is a "snot-nosed punk..who gives good kids bad ideas.") and Jeannie leave the campus to track down Ferris.
|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..."|
Initially, Principal thinks Ferris is home sick when he hears a recording while pressing the doorbell at the Bueller home.
"Oh, I'm sorry. I can't come to the door right now. I'm afraid that in my weakened condition, I could take a nasty spill down the stairs and subject myself to further school absences. You can reach my parents at their places of business. Thank you for stopping by. I appreciate your concern for my well-being. Have a nice day!" - Ferris Bueller
Mr. Rooney realizes the message is a ploy and he breaks into the Bueller house to find Ferris and drag him back to school. Meanwhile, Jeanie arrives home and thinks the intruder in the house is a burglar. To scare off the intruder, Jeannie switches on their intercom and warns:
"Excuse me: if whoever was in this house is still in the house, I'd like you to know that I've just called the police. I'd also like to add that I've got my father's gun and a SCORCHING case of herpes." - Jeanie Bueller
Mr. Rooney leaves the house only to find his car being towed away because it was parked in front of a fire hydrant. When the police arrive and find no one at the Bueller abode, they accuse Jeanie of phoning a false report and take her downtown where she meets a drug addict (Charlie Sheen) who advises her not to let her brother get under her skin. She needs to concentrate on her own life and forget about Ferris's antics and the fact that Ferris is an 'angel' in his parents eyes and gets away with everything. She then makes out with the guy.
Back in the city, Ferris retrieves the Ferrari, but realizes an additional one hundred miles appear on the odometer, courtesy of the joyriding parking attendants. To remove the unwanted miles, Ferris devises a plan to jack up the car and set the motor in reverse, but his plan fails. Unfortunately, Cameron innocently leans against the car, causing it to fall off its support. When the wheels hit the ground, the Ferrari careens backwards and crashes through the garage window. "It's dead Cameron, you killed the car."
Feeling responsible for his part in the day's activities, Ferris offers to take the blame, but Cameron uses this event to finally face up to his abusive father about whom Cameron earlier confessed, "My father spent three years restoring this car. It is his love, it is his passion ...Ferris, he never drives it! He just rubs it with a diaper!" After listening to Cameron, Ferris concludes, "It is his fault, he didn't lock the garage."
With that out of the way, Ferris rushes home. On the way, he is almost spotted by his parents, but he manages to make it back to his house, only to find Mr. Rooney waiting for him. Ferris is busted, or is he?
Seeing that her brother is in a jam, his sister Jeanie takes pity and chastises her brother for leaving the house to go to the hospital. Facing defeat, the now disheveled Mr. Rooney who has fallen in mud and been chased by the family dog, boards a school bus where a little girl says, "Gummi bear? It's been in my pocket; they're real warm and soft." Graffiti on the bus read: "Rooney eats it!"
"Life moves pretty fast. If you don't stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it." - Ferris Beuller