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DVD Review: “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off”

(Paramount. 1986/2008. Color. Widescreen. 1 hour, 42 minutes. Rated PG-13. Directed by John Hughes.) Matthew Broderick (Ferris Bueller), Alan Ruck (Cameron Frye), Mia Sara (Sloane Peterson), Jeffrey Jones (Ed Rooney), Jennifer Grey (Jeanie Bueller), Cindy Pickett (Katie Bueller), Lyman Ward (Tom Bueller), Edie McClurg (Grace), Charlie Sheen (Boy in Police Station), Ben Stein (Economics Teacher), Del Close (English Teacher). Music by Ira Newborn.

Probably the best of that mid-80s clutch of teen/Brat Pack movies. Set in director Hughes’ beloved Chicago suburbs, the plot centers on one day in the life of senior-high-schooler Ferris. He decides to ditch school and hang out with his girlfriend Sloane and best friend Cameron by employing all sorts of ingenious ways to fool his parents, teachers and classmates into believing he’s at death’s door. Only Cameron’s really sick, and Ferris hustles to stay ahead of his suspicious sister Jeanie and principal Rooney. Then there’s Cameron’s dad and his beloved Ferrari, just waiting in the garage. The movie belongs to Broderick’s breezy performance, but don’t forget the short-yet-memorable appearances by Sheen as a druggie, and of course Stein (“Bueller? Bueller?”). This is one from the series of lower-priced Paramount reissues called “I Love the 80s.” Included are Terms of Endearment, Witness, Top Gun, Urban Cowboy, 48 HRS., lots more. Each comes with a 4-song bonus CD with 80s music (a-ha, INXS, Erasure, Echo and the Bunnymen); unfortunately you get the same CD no matter which DVD you get. No extras except a commentary with Hughes. Save Ferris!

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