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Ferris Bueller Museum Scene

This year marks the 25th anniversary of the John Hughes classic Ferris Bueller’s Day Off. The Boston Globe published an editorial about the event over the weekend. Here is an excerpt:

Bueller’s quips ring wiser than ever for a Generation X that has settled into life, work, and family: “I weep for the future’’; “a person should not believe in an -ism’’; “you wear too much eye makeup’’; “you realize if we played by the rules right now, we’d be in gym.’’ But no scene is more poignant than when Bueller, Cameron, and girlfriend Sloane share a long moment of quiet staring, in an empty art museum, uninterrupted by fears of the future. It is self-indulgent. And it is, after 25 years, enviable.

I always loved that scene of Ferris Bueller museum scene of Ferris, Cameron and Sloane. (See the clip below.) The song playing in the background is by The Smiths. Here are the lyrics:

Good times for a change
See, the luck I’ve had
Can make a good man
Turn bad

So please please please
Let me, let me, let me
Let me get what I want
This time

Haven’t had a dream in a long time
See, the life I’ve had
Can make a good man bad

So for once in my life
Let me get what I want
Lord knows, it would be the first time

In this clip of John Hughes explaining the museum scene. I love what he says about Cameron whose father seemed to care more about his car than his son:

“The closer he looks at the child, the less he sees with this style of painting. The more he looks at it, there’s nothing there. He fears the more you look at him the less you see, there isn’t anything there. That’s him.”

What did the Ferris Bueller museum scene mean to you?

Gen X Blog Jennifer Chronicles

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1 Comment

  1. junkdrawer67

    Maybe that’s why it’s been on cable so much lately… Or maybe it’s just because it’s a great movie!


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