Scheduling Fail: They’re Having A 30th Anniversary ‘Ferris Bueller Fest’ In Chicago, But Cubs Won’t Be In Town
Rick Chandler 03:14 pm, February 22nd, 2016
It was a movie ahead of its time: critics gave Ferris Bueller's Day Off lukewarm reviews when it came out in 1986: Gene Siskel, for instance, gave it only two stars, saying that "it's a movie that doesn't know what it wants to be."
Of course that was both wrong, and the entire point. Who knows what we want to be when we're 17? (Except maybe Charlie Sheen, who owned his scene with Jennifer Grey at the police station). Ferris Bueller's Day Off deftly captured the angst and immortality of the last days of high school, in addition to giving us the greatest parade scene in the history of cinema. It was quite nearly a perfect movie, and it stands up just as well today.
Can it be 30 years ago that Ferris, Cameron and Sloane skipped school and went on a great adventure? Yes it can. And Chicago is celebrating with Ferris Fest, a three-day celebration at several Chi-Town locations May 20-22.
Among the attractions will be a 360-degree "interactive" re-creation of Ferris' bedroom, complete with mannequin and phone answering tape; a 1961 Ferrari 250 GT California Spyder: an exact copy of the car that met a grisly demise at Cameron's house; a tour of landmarks used in the movie; and a chance to sit in the exact seats that Matthew Broderick (Ferris) and pals sat in at that Cubs' game.
But just about anyone can sit in those Ferris seats at any Cubs' game. So, the Cubs should be in town (they're at San Francisco on those three days).
But then, I'm being greedy, aren't I?
Best part: There will be a recreation of the "Twist and Shout" parade in downtown Chicago. That's worth it right there. Danke schoen, organizers.
There will be a screening of the movie at the John and Nancy Hughes Theater in Lake Forest, and appearances by some of the film’s actors. Cindy Pickett and Lyman Ward, who played Ferris’ folks, are scheduled, and the promoters eagerly await word from Broderick and such other stars as Alan Ruck, Mia Sara, Jennifer Grey, Edie McClurg and Ben Stein.