Episode 16, January 20, 2017: Ferris Bueller's Day Off

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This week we discuss Ferris Bueller's Day Off and reasons to come to Chicago, if Ferris actually exists or is just a part of Cameron's imagination, our poor dead kitty, and Chad tries to learn the lingo of youth.

Warning: Spoilers, adult humor, and harsh language ahead. Listen at your own risk.

Show Notes:

2DudeReview - Episode 16: Ferris Bueller's Day Off

I. Introduction
- Discuss site, Twitter, etc.

Ia. Our bet for the picture

II. First Impressions of Ferris Bueller's Day Off

III. Origin & tidbits

- John Hughes wrote the screenplay in less than a week and it was shot over three months.
- Hughes wrote Ferris with Matthew Broderick in mind. Others considered were Jim Carrey, John Cusack, Tom Cruise, and Michael J. Fox.
- Molly Ringwald wanted to play Sloane but Hughes said the role wasn't big enough for her.
- Alan Ruck auditioned for Bender in The Breakfast Club and was remembered by Hughes. Emilio Estevez was offered the role but turned it down. Ruck was 29. Ruck and Broderick were friends prior to the movie.
- Anthony Michael Hall didn't want to be typecast and turned down the role of Cameron.
- Hughes offered the role of the parking attendant to Bill Paxton who turned it down for being too small. Paxton regretted this as Hughes never offered him another role.
- Jeffrey Jones was cast as Rooney after Hughes saw him as the emperor in Amadeus.
- Jones career faltered in 2002 when he was arrested for possession of child porn and accused of soliciting a 14-year-old boy to pose for him. He was arrested twice in 2010 for failing to update his sex offender status in Florida and California.
- Speaking of bad things involving the cast, Ferris and his sister became engaged after filming. They were involved in a fatal car crash in Ireland where the passengers of the other car, a mother and daughter, were killed. Dirty Dancing was released just days after the accident. Jennifer Grey said she never recovered from the trauma and that is why she left show business. The accident happened when Broderick crossed into the wrong lane and hitting the other car head-on. Broderick left with a fractured leg and ribs, a concussion, and a collapsed lung. Grey had minor injuries including whiplash. Broderick ended up convicted of a lesser charge and fined $175.
- Edie McClurg did her own hair and Hughes wanted to see how many pencils she could fit in there. That is where the scene of her pulling lost pencils from her hair came from.
- Ferris' parents married, and later divorced, after filming commenced.
- Most scenes were shot in the Chicagoland area plus Long Beach, California.
- The diatribe Ferris gives in the bathroom about Cameron's house being like a museum was originally intended for the Ally Sheedy's role in The Breakfast Club.
- The Smoot-Hawley Tarriff Act scene by Ben Stein wasn't in the script. Stein did it between takes and everyone loved it.
- Hughes originally wanted to film the baseball game at Comiskey Park as he was fan of the White Sox but time contraints changed it to Wrigley field at the last minute.
- A lot of the dancing during the parade were not a part of the film and just danced along to the music.
- Charle Sheen stayed awake for 48 hours to get in the role of the drug addict, something he would more than likely not need to do presently.
- Ferris did have tow younger siblings - a boy and girl who were removed from the film.

IV. Points to discuss

- Was the whole day real or made up in Cameron's mind while he was home sick?

V. How rotten is Ferris Bueller's Day Off? Ferris Bueller's Day Off was given an % by Rotten Tomatoes. Do the following films fall higher or lower than %?

VI. Mention next film, plus reiterate the Web site and social media feeds

VII. Final Grade of A-F

Chad's Grade: A
Brian's Grade: A-
Karina's Grade: A