Podcast: FERRIS BUELLER Inspired Teens to Also Take a DAY OFF

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Ferris Bueller’s Day Off (1986) is not just John Hughes’ best movie, but I’d be willing to say one of the most enjoyable movies of all time. For teens, it provided validation: school is dumb, parents and school administrators are even dumber, and truly, teens do know better! In this episode of “’80s Movies: A Guide to What’s Wrong with Your Parents,” Tara McNamara, Gen X, and Riley Roberts, Gen Z, look at the Matthew Broderick classic through the modern lens, what ’80s teens took away from the story, and the moments that now just make us cringe.

The message of the film, though, was: “Life moves pretty fast. If you don’t stop and look around once and a while, you could miss it.” The scene at the Chicago Art Institute, where the trio are struck by the magnitude of great art with a magical version of The Smiths’ “Please Let Me Get What I Want” is one our favorites. Enjoy: