From start to finish this is a teen classic for any generation. Ferris is a mastermind at plotting the perfect plan for skipping a day of school. He covers all the bases despite the efforts of his school principle determined to catch Ferris skipping. From arranging a death in the family so his girlfriend can join him in his day off to his elaborate scheme to convince his parents that he must stay home from school sick. With his best friend and girlfriend, they head to Chicago for a day on the town. Hilarious is the scene when Ferris pretends he is the "Sausage King" of Chicago to get seated in a four star restaurant. Later, Ferris climb a float in a downtown parade for a hysterical rendition of Danke Shoen with German clad dancers to a cover of the Beatles' song Twist and Shout. This movie will have your sides aching and leave lasting memories of unforgettable lines. It's a must see for anyone who has ever ditched school, or for those who wished they had.
Don't read this if you haven't seen The Happening, and plan to.
It is notable that a post 9-11 horror film like this doesn't get any flack for being irresponsible or premature. Sometime in the past couple of years, we entered a new era. It is safe to entertain ourselves again by being scared of attacks on urban areas.
There are inspired moments in this film that invoke the tension that Shyamalan is aiming for. The opening is strong. The people jumping off the building is horrifying. But many of the other moments of death tip over into the comical.
And the moments between deaths are pretty slack.
Anytime the suicides in this film got too calculated, it became implausible for me. How can someone in a state of numb confusion operate complex machinery in order to do themselves in? This would have been a completely different movie if the victims were acting in alert desperation rather than the slow, robotic way it is played out in the film. The violent moments are horrifying, but I could never shake the sense that the people were already dead by the time their bodies go through their violent motions. The way crowds go completely still as the "event" overtakes them IS very haunting, but I would rather the film didn't take the victims so far away from consciousness.
Another awkwardness in the film is the problem of how to show people killing themselves at enough of a remove from the main characters that we did not question why the main characters weren't overcome too. I eventually assumed that nothing was going to happen to them since the film wasn't giving me much of an indication of where the boundaries of the danger was. The music may tell me that they just had a close call, but I have no other way of knowing how close it was. I suppose that is part of the point, but it drained some of the tension for me instead of heightening it.
Of all the MNS movies this is the best. I've seen all of them and Sixth Sense is nothing we've seen before. Every time i see the twisted ending I am amazed and remember why I like the movie. All the other MNS movies are fluff compared to Sixth Sense.