Ferris Bueller 's Day Off Essay

1259 Words Nov 16th, 2016 6 Pages
There is perhaps no American icon that satirically represents the teenage world better than Ferris Bueller. Director John Hughes was already immersed in telling stories of American youth when his most successful film, Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, was released in 1986. The movie revolves around Bueller’s determination to skip to school while avoiding capture at the hands of Dean Edward Rooney, one of many comic fools in the film. Much of the story revolves around cultural context involving American education, attitudes towards it, and aims to humiliate its authority. Despite his impish character, American audiences fell in love with Ferris Bueller, who was portrayed as a popular anti-hero amongst his friends. The positive perception that Americans had of Bueller was largely because of their knowledge and experience in American secondary education which Bueller takes advantage of throughout the film. Foreign audiences would see a much different story being told, one that reinforces negative stereotypes about American teenagers. In a specific comparison between American and British audiences, much of the disparity between perceptions of Ferris Bueller’s Day Off is caused by differences in education structures and how it is experienced by each culture.
The character of Ferris Bueller is not an uncommon one. As the protagonist of the film, he is highly manipulative and villain-like but at the same time very American. Bueller is presented as a wise-cracking kid with…

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