Thursday, February 2, 2012

5 Reasons a Sequel to Ferris Bueller's Day Off Won't Work

With the release of Honda's new super bowl ad, featuring Matthew Broderick reprising his role as Ferris Bueller, the talk of a Ferris Bueller's Day Off sequel has started up once again. While I list Ferris Bueller as one of my top 5 favorite movies of all time, I really do not want to see a sequel to this classic comedy. On top of that, there are a number of reasons a sequel simply won't work.

1) This one is really just for fun but, and I agree, the events and character of Ferris Bueller are entirely a piece of Cameron's imagination. Cameron lives in a loveless and abusive family and as a coping mechanism created Ferris in his mind. Ferris is everything Cameron in not; has a loving family, beloved by his entire school, outgoing, ambitious and to top it all off, is dating the hottest girl in school. Ferris is to Cameron as Tyler Durden is to Edward Norton in Fight Club. It is my belief that there is a scene missing showing Cameron doing all the things Ferris did.

2) Fun conspiracy theories aside, My biggest problem with the idea of a Ferris Bueller sequel is that would mean Ferris is working a job that he doesn't like and wants to skip out on. If we learned anything from the original it is that Ferris should be running the world. Ok, not literally. I believe that Ferris grows up to be Richard Branson by way of Steve Jobs/Bill Gates. We learn that he is good with computers and I like to think that he creates some sort of program or computer that revolutionizes the industry. He makes billions and now uses his money to do crazy things all over the world whenever and wherever he wants. On any given day Ferris could be sky diving over his private island only to hop on a jet ski with a topless model (or Sloane, I'll discuss that next) then buying a Ferrari because he can. Does this sound like the sort of existence that Ferris needs a day off from?

3) Ferris is madly in love with Sloane and says he is going to marry her. I don't doubt this but one of two things will happen. a) He will be too wild for Sloane to handle and they won't stay married long or b) he and Sloane will live happily ever after but with no children as that will only slow them down. A studio will of course want him to have kids and I don't think Ferris is the parental type as I described in #2. I, however, do personally like to think that they stay married and jet around the world together crazy in love.

4) Cameron also should have a job that he enjoys and a loving family, in other words, a life he also doesn't want a day off from. I view Cameron to grow up and be a business executive, most likely for Ferris' technology company, and that he actually really loves that life. He and Ferris work together and hang out/go on vacations all the time together and, again, therefore never need a "day off."

5) Ferris Bueller's Day Off is about being in high school and being so consumed with trying to finish that and figure out what to do with the rest of your life that you don't take time to just enjoy life. It's a great movie and you could make a version of this with adults (and to a point they do all the time) just not with these characters. If they make a sequel where Ferris and Cameron have desk jobs they hate where they sit in a cubicle all day, I believe that ruins everything they built in the first movie for these characters.

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