When I look back at the films of my youth, many of them have aged VERY badly.  ‘Revenge of the Nerds?’  No.  ‘The Breakfast Club?’  No.  But none have caused me as much cognitive dissonance as the dispensation of ‘Ferris Bueller’s Day Off.’  On the one hand, Ferris isn’t as rapey as the Lambdas nor as inappropriate as Bender’s actions towards Claire, but it’s not easy to decide whether he’s hero or monster.  Not for nothin’ have people created a theory that Ferris is nothing more than Cameron’s wish-fullfillment alternate personality, because he’s not just improbably, he’s almost impossible, leading to today’s Danke Shön query…

The MS-QOTD (pronounced, as always, “misquoted”) would still defend \The Blues Brothers,’ because who doesn’t hate Illiois N*zis, asking: Ferris Bueller: Hero or Monster?


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Once upon a time, there was a young nerd from the Midwest, who loved Matter-Eater Lad and the McKenzie Brothers... If pop culture were a maze, Matthew would be the Minotaur at its center. Were it a mall, he'd be the Food Court. Were it a parking lot, he’d be the distant Cart Corral where the weird kids gather to smoke, but that’s not important right now... Matthew enjoys body surfing (so long as the bodies are fresh), writing in the third person, and dark-eyed women. Amongst his weaponry are such diverse elements as: Fear! Surprise! Ruthless efficiency! An almost fanatical devotion to pop culture! And a nice red uniform.


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