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Ferris Bueller’s Day Off (1986)

Hey, Cameron. You realize if we played by the rules right now we’d be in gym?

— Ferris

I have to say that I am surprised that it has taking me this long to write this review on John Hughes’ Ferris Bueller’s Day Off. I watched the film almost a month ago and now I have to chance to write about it. Weird. I must admit that I have not seen this movie in its entirety. People regard that this movie is his masterpiece. I would beg to differ.

A smart-alecky Chicago teen named Ferris Bueller (Matthew Broderick) pretends to be sick so that he would miss a test that he did not study for. His parents, Tom and Katie (Lyman Ward, Cindy Pickett) buy into his fake illness, but his sister Jeanie (Jennifer Grey) can see through his bullshit. She tries to rat him out, but the parental units do not want to hear it.

When everybody leaves the house, Ferris basks in his day of leisure by addressing the camera to talk about his master plan of spending his free day. His best friend, Cameron (Alan Ruck) is actually at home sick in his home. Without having a car of his own, Ferris calls Cameron to ask to borrow the classic of Cameron’s dad. Ferris also wants to have his girlfriend, Sloan (Mia Sara) in on the action, by pretending that her grandmother had died to get her out of school.

They think that they get off scott free, but the Dean of Students, Ed Rooney (Jeffrey Jones) knows that Ferris is faking being sick. Ferris has been absent eight earlier times during the school year. Rooney tries to find a way to catch Bueller in the act so he could humiliate him.

I am not the first person or the last person to skip school. Almost every teenager does it at some point in their lives. Some get caught and others not. I thought that nobody could do all of things in a span of a couple of hours. How the hell can you go to a baseball game and be in a parade? Really?

Judgment: I know that this is a movie, but it seems a little far-fetched to me. Ferris is slick, but he is not an evil genius by any means.

Rating: 6/10

The Happening (2008)

We’ve Sensed It. We’ve Seen the Signs. Now… It’s Happening.

I avoided this movie like the plague, because it was from M. Night Shyamalan. I have fallen out of love with him since The Village. It phsyically angered me about the “twist ending”. It was horseshit.

People were saying that this latest offering, The Happening was on par with Lady in the Water. No surprises there. It was so bad that it’s comical. It’s true.

If you want toknow, the action takes place in Central Park where strange “happenings” are occuring. People are killing themselves. The news spreads through various outlets about what is causing the rash of suicides. Caught in the middle are Elliot Moore (Mark Wahlberg), Alma Moore (Zooey Deschanel), Julian (John Leguizamo) and Jess (Ashlyn Sanchez) trying to escape.

The “Shyamalan twist” is shown on the first couple of minutes of the movie. It’s so stupid. It’s supposed to be nature fighting back against humanity. Whatever. I’m not saying what causes the happening, but it makes want to throw something about the screen.

The dialogue is atrocious. The acting is so wooden. Zooey Deschanel’s blank stares into the camera. Mark Wahlberg’s cadence is the same throughout the whole movie. What?

This was Shyamalan’s first “R” rated movie. Hopefully, his last. Why did Fox finance this movie? To fulfill Shyamalan’s contract with them? What was their thought process with this trainwreck of a movie? I want to people that greenlit this movie to be fired and releases the geniuses of Fox Searchlight. They know quality movies when they see one.

My judgment: If you want to see a waster talent and resources, watch this film. You will get a laugh from a “drama.”

My rating: *

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