Claremont McKenna College
Ferris Bueller.....You're My Hero.
Pick a person, real or fictional, from art, literature, history etc., and discuss how she/he has shaped culture and thought.
Ask any high school student about the John Hughes film Ferris Bueller's Day Off, and you'll find that this mid-eighties teeny bopper flick still has kids hooked. Matthew Broderick stars as Ferris, the rebellious teenager from a wealthy suburb of Chicago, who is sick and tired of the monotonous life of public education. Being a charming and handsome young man, Ferris is able to have his way with the ladies, but more instrumental to his revelry is his ability to orchestrate plans for the benefit of all. Whether it be helping a freshman out of summer school, doctoring his attendance record, or faking the identity of Abe Froman (the sausage king of Chicago), Ferris shows the initiative of a true leader.
While Ferris Bueller's first agenda may be to get out of school, he's not your average high school lowlife. One of the most impressive parts of Matthew Broderick's character is that while he is rebellious, he is quite cultured, intelligent, and has a good time. Ferris and his friends visit the Sear's Tower and the Chicago Museum of Art, catch a game at Wrigley Field and then nosh on pancreas at Chez Luis for lunch. This accentuates the film's message: life is pointless when it is shackled by a mundane...
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