Ferris Bueller’s Day Off / Back To School (1986)

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JML101582 (4 years ago)
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Although I like Ferris Bueller, it’s not one of my favorite John Hughes film (The Breakfast Club is my absolute favorite of his and it’s my favorite film of all-time).

Back to School is Rodney’s best film since Caddyshack and his best headline film ever.

I haven’t seen Manhattan Project so I can’t criticize the film.

I’m glad Siskel and Ebert appericiate John Hughes even if they didn’t like some of his films.
TheRedBaron1985 (4 years ago)
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Man, I can’t believe it’s been 25 years since this episode has aired prior to the celebration of "Ferris Bueller’s Day Off". Still, it’s the greatest film John Hughes has ever made. Don’t bother with the TV Series, it’s horrible!

"Back to School" is the best comedy with Rodney Dangerfield.

"The Manhattan Project" is also good too.
QuoteUnquoteSir (4 years ago)
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I think "Planes, Trains, and Automobiles" is objectively the best John Hughes movie, as it’s the most moving and cleverly written one, but "Ferris Bueller’s Day off" is still my favourite.

I just love the characters, the dialog, the sight gags, the humour in general, and the big parade scene. It saddens me that Siskel was so blasé, bored, and annoyed about it, but I can understand why. It just didn’t appeal to his sense of humour.

He was right about the stuff with Rooney at the Bueller house being rather lame (and a precursor to "Home Alone"), but it still amuses me, even if it was (as he said) "low comedy". I thought Rooney’s over-the-top rage and bravado throughout the movie was hilarious too.
Blake (6 years ago)
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Siding with Gene this time. Always found Ferris Bueller an insufferably self-satisfied smart ass. The movie itself is also way too smug and pleased with itself.
Tony Rocco (4 years ago)
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"Back To School" is an comedy classic. Rodney Dangerfield is hilarious in it.
mmmfloorpie (5 years ago)
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I’m with Gene.

Didn’t like Ferris. Never got it.
Michael Chapman (5 years ago)
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"...trouble making kid named Charlie Sheen."

Fuckin’ A.
MrNoCal (4 years ago)
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I really liked Ferris back then...not as much now. I agree now with both S&E’s reviews of it. It’s a completely different view as an adult in my 40s than a 20 year old at the time...as many thoughts of movies are.
Rodney and "Back to School"...a CLASSIC!!!!! At the time, Rodney was an icon and beloved celebrity for my generation. Back to School was (and still is IMO) a great comedy movie with a great Rodney character. RIP Rodney...we miss you.
achol980 (4 years ago)
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I saw The Manhatten Project before they reviewed it. I was surprised of how intelligent it was.
swatch71 (4 years ago)
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Back to School has a lot of laughs and heart, and was filmed in part at The University of Wisconsin, so I can see a few places I know.

The Manhattan Project was an odd duck. I think there are some downsides to it that both Siskel and Ebert gloss over, but it is well made.
JediJones (2 years ago)
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I’d say they both underrated Ferris Bueller’s Day Off. It’s an absolute classic that is probably John Hughes’ most well-remembered movie today. There are comedy bits in it that I found as hilarious as anything I’d ever seen at the time. Ben Stein says on the DVD that it’s one of the greatest movies ever made about freedom. Humans were not born to sit still in a classroom all day long, especially when they’re young. They were built to run wild and explore the world. Any movie that celebrates that natural instinct has something going for it. It’s also directed in a very free-form, loose style that seems as fresh and original today as it did then.

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Gene and Roger give a mixed review to Ferris Bueller’s Day Off. They like Rodney Dangerfield’s Back to School and the movie The Manhattan Project. Their x-ray segment is on the films of...

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