Five Ways Something Ruined My Life Five Ways ‘Ferris Bueller's Day Off' Ruined My Life Erin Mallory Long
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4. Desperate To Be A Genius At Deception Just Like Ferris

These kids who are masters at deception are my idol. You know?

Zach Morris, Ferris Bueller, I want to BE you guys! They’re so quick-thinking and fearless and always know how to get out of a bind.

I was especially jealous of Ferris’ Rube Goldberg-esque bedroom ruse and you better believe that’s the idea of what I WANTED to make in middle school when we had a Rube Goldberg assignment in science class.

And of course, kids like that are always great at computers – I love when he changes his absent days in the school computer – and technology in general. I mean, he has an awesome sound system, he hooks things up to his doorbell. And he just really sets the scene for Kevin McAllister who obviously goes above and beyond everyone’s wildest dreams of deception.

I mean, I was way too much of a rule-follower as a kid for any of these shenanigans. I don’t even think I faked sick. I would mostly just get so stressed out about whatever reason I didn’t want to go to school that I’d actually get sick: hives, throwing up, etc.

Who knew Ferris Bueller’s Day Off was going to make me get into all my anxiety issues? Awesome!

5. I Just Want to Jump On a Parade Float

There are two things that are clear from the whole parade scene: I always associate “Danke Schoen” and “Twist and Shout” with this movie and I’m desperate to perform some sort of lip sync performance on a parade float.

PARADE MADNESS Ferris Bueller's Day Off

I mean, lip synching on parade floats is basically the entire premise of the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade and somehow this German parade in Chicago with guest appearance by Matthew Broderick is the most compelling parade I’ve ever experienced.

PARADE FLOAT Ferris Bueller's Day Off

Song ideas for my parade float performance: “What Makes You Beautiful” “Lucky” (B. Spears) or “No Scrubs.”

(Main image via, images from the movie screengrabbed by me)

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  1. 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!

  2. 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?””

  3. 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!

  4. 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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