Wednesday, April 18, 2012
Which Was Ferris Bueller's Day Off?
I don't mean what calendar day. Some have speculated that it was 5 June 1985 because that is supposedly the day of the Cubs game they attended. Some say it was 28 September 1985 since that was the day of the Von Stueben Day Parade in Chicago that year (except it was on a Saturday). Personally I think that the June baseball game is unlikely. All of the other filming in Chicago was after Labor Day in 1985, so why would they have brought the whole crew for an afternoon baseball game three months ahead of the regular shooting schedule and not gone to a White Sox game since John Hughes favored that team?
I want to know, what day of the week was it. I don't want to ruin the "magic" by bringing in facts and dates. FBDO is a magical story, a fantasy story. It captures a time and place that doesn't exist and never really did, but a place that is near and dear to all of us. To some that place is youth, and a cleverness that they dreamed they had, an optimism that they could do anything. To me it is that and it's Chicago writ large and celibrated.
They went to school on Friday, but what's one day and then they had the weekend. Friday they got a chance to bask in the glory, they got to make up what they missed. Taking Thursday off effectively extends the weekend two days, because what's one day at school, just a few hours and you're feeling good all day anyway.
What day do you think it was? Answer in the poll and tell us why in the comments here.
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