Five Ways Something Ruined My LifeFive Ways ‘Ferris Bueller's Day Off' Ruined My LifeErin Mallory Long

If you just close your eyes and think about a movie that you loved growing up or really shaped you, John Hughes was probably involved. (At least if you’re around my age.) Ferris Bueller’s Day Off is a great example of this. It’s a perfect precursor to another favorite of mine, Clarissa Explains It All what with the talking directly to the camera and having a sibling who hates your guts. In that contest I’d take Jennifer Grey as Jeannie over Ferguson 100 times over. She is so good in this, but also, let’s not forget how awesome she is in the episode of Friends when she plays Mindy. Amazing.

And I can’t tell you how many times I’ve said this in one form or another: “I am very cute, very alone and very protective of my body. I don’t want it violated or killed, all right? I need help!”

JEANNIE Ferris Bueller's Day Off

It’s from 1986, which means it’s right in the time frame of Erin Wishes She Had Every Item of Clothing In This Movie. I’d ideally dress somewhere between Clarissa Darling and anyone in Reality Bites or Singles all the time. And obviously I just want to be Sloane.

SLOANE Ferris Bueller's Day Off

So let’s not forget, “Life moves pretty fast; if you don’t stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it!”

Here are five ways Ferris Bueller’s Day Off ruined my life:

1. Gave Us The Perfect Line For Whenever You Aren’t Being Listened To

Ben Stein, besides being generally amazing, is the best for helping to bring this amazing line to us all.

When Ferris skips school he misses roll call, obviously.

Side bar: remember thinking about your teacher calling attendance? I used to get so anxious thinking about what was going to happen when my name was called and I wasn’t there. Would anyone say anything jerky? Would anyone wonder where I was? Would nothing happen?

(I probably have some unresolved anxiety issues.)

BUELLER Ferris Bueller's Day Off

Here are some awesome scenarios where you can use this immortal line:

When you pitch an idea at work and no one responds: “Bueller? Bueller?”

When you tell a hilarious joke at a party and everyone is silent: “Bueller? Bueller?”

When you offer all your co-workers some cool new gluten-free thing you baked and no one jumps on it: “Bueller? Bueller?”

When you (hopefully) give your name as Bueller at Starbucks and run away to the bathroom: “Bueller? Bueller?”

2. Made Me Terrified To Drive A Car That Wasn’t Mine 

Everything about really fancy cars scares me.

All I understand about cars is how to drive them and sometimes I don’t even know that – as evidenced by the fact that I couldn’t get the keys out of the ignition recently, called my husband to ask what to do and realized I put the parking break on but never put the car in park. I cried in my car in the rain after that one.

So needless to say, I’m not super comfortable with cars.

But once you make a car a convertible, shiny and bright red – then I’m REALLY nervous.

FANCY CAR Ferris Bueller's Day Off

First of all, sneaking away in anyone’s dad’s car will always stress me out. Then leaving it at a lot where the parking attendants go drive off in it? Super stressful.


I mean, really. That is just bonkers insane.

The whole saga of the car and Cameron going berserk is just too much for my fragile little self to handle. Fits of stress over this!

3. No Trip To A Museum Could Ever Compare To Theirs

Everything about their trip to The Art Institute is what I want from a trip to any art museum.

MUSEUM Ferris Bueller's Day Off

  1. Be there with my friends – or at least people I like
  2. Run into an adorable group of schoolchildren
  3. Stare at some art
  4. Feel deep and cultured for an hour
  5. Kiss Matthew Broderick

Okay I guess I don’t specifically want to kiss Matthew Broderick but you know what I mean.

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  • Karen Taylor

    We actually had a Ford whose odometer was assembled wrong and you could unwind the mileage by driving backwards. Went with my older brothers a few times on Sat. mornings while they drove backwards on county dirt roads to remove the evidence of their driving to the next state to buy beer the night before!

  • Deanne Kondrat

    YES, I so want to do this: “When you (hopefully) give your name as Bueller at Starbucks and run away to the bathroom: “Bueller? Bueller?””

  • Christy Faber Walters

    Funny, because I watched this with my 17 year old daughter last night, for her first time.
    She liked Cameron best, of course I was a die hard Bueller junkie. I had to break it to her that Cameron was born in the 50’s, which made him even older than George Michael. :) Her response, “He’s still adorable & at least he gave his kids cute names.” Good point. We had anxiety over the same scenes & so creeped out by the over creepiness of the principal. I’m even more creeped out over it now than I was then. She’s going to NYC for the first time to sing with her choir & is hoping for a random opportunity to hop on a float….you know that happens all the time in the city. ;)
    Thanks for the giggle Erin!

  • Tonya Gaddis Johnson

    I am still obsessed with Ferris Bueller’s Day Off! I also always wanted to fall into a pool with all of my clothes on from a seated position in a pool chair. Actually, I probably did that as a kid.

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