Ferris Bueller’s Day Off isn’t simply the greatest teenage wish-fulfillment fantasy movie ever conceived (but it is that as well), it’s also a film with a lot to say about the last days of reckless youth and how the mysterious abyss of adulthood looks from the edge. And in that this is a John Hughes’ film, those “things” are said in a charming and hilarious way, so why not take a look back at 12 of the best lines from Ferris Bueller’s Day Off as we near its 30th Anniversary.
“Life moves pretty fast. If you don’t stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it.” — Ferris
The beating philosophical heart of this film and some great life advice. Particularly in this era where multiple techo-distractions pull our heads down too often. But not the one you’re on right now while you read this. That one is cool. Keep going, look around later. There’s my personal quote.
“Bueller?… Bueller?… Bueller?” — Ben Stein
Imagine a world where those words were never said by Ben Stein. I’m sure the movie would have been fine — as long as you’ve got parade singing and Grace the school receptionist, you’re golden — but what of Stein’s career? Maybe there’s no Wonder Years guest spot and maybe Win Ben Stein’s Money doesn’t happen. Then there’s no Jimmy Kimmel and no Guillermo. The butterfly effect is real.
“Not that I condone fascism, or any -ism for that matter. -Ism’s in my opinion are not good. A person should not believe in an -ism, he should believe in himself.” — Ferris
What about absenteeism?
“[singing] When Cameron was in Egypt’s land… let my Cameron go!” — Cameron
A sublime musical moment that is somewhat overshadowed by the part in the middle with the street dancers and the blaring Young Beatles jam.