Wednesday To-Do: 'Ferris Bueller's Day Off' | Rock Candy

Wednesday To-Do: 'Ferris Bueller's Day Off'


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Sundown, Riverfest Amphitheatre. Free.

After two special presentations — “Fried Green Tomatoes” to celebrate the opening of the Farmer's Market and “Field of Dreams” at Dickey-Stephens during the film festival — the summer movie series Movies in the Park officially launches its fifth season with what's surely John Hughes' greatest teeny bop film. Really, it's hard to think of a greater wish fulfillment movie from the '80s. Here's the gist, for those of you who've managed to resist the film's charms on TBS every other week: High school senior Ferris Bueller (Matthew Broderick) skips school with his girlfriend, Sloane, and dour best friend, Cameron, to travel to Chicago in a Ferrari. There, the threesome catch a Cubs' game, visit the Sears Tower, lead a parade crowd in a rendition of “Twist and Shout” and dine in a fancy restaurant after convincing the maitre d' that Ferris is the “sausage king of Chicago.” Meanwhile, back at school, Ferris' sister (Jennifer Grey, in her breakout role) and the dean of students try to expose Ferris as a truant, and Ben Stein launches his career with “Bueller? Bueller? Bueller?”


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