Yeah. As long as I've known him, everything works for him. There's nothing he can't handle. I can't handle anything. School, parents, the future. Ferris can do anything.
I guess I would've been sixteen when Ferris Bueller's Day Off came out. I likely saw it the summer between my sophomore and junior year in high school. Back in the day, I was probably a lot like Cameron Frye. Disinterested, uncomfortable, and boring. While I can see the brilliance of Alan Ruck in the character, at sixteen all I saw was myself.
But no one wanted to be Cameron Frye. Everyone wanted to be Ferris. Oh, he's very popular Ed. The sportos, the motorheads, geeks, sluts, bloods, waistoids, dweebies, dickheads - they all adore him. They think he's a righteous dude. Everyone wants to be adored by their peers at that age. I remember being frightened at being labeled, "different." Trying instead to be like everyone else. As adults, of course, we shun conformity and strive to break free from the masses. Being different helps define us.
Can someone see a movie - and change who they are?
It took me a year or so, but I became Ferris Bueller, and it opened up endless possibilities for me. I became self-confident, outgoing, adaptable and flexible. Perhaps it was just my time? Either way, I've always appreciated the freedom such an outlook predisposes.
Later in life, I tried to emulate Peter Gibbons from Office Space with much less success. At least that one helps keep things in perspective.
McKinney, Texas is the second fastest growing city in the United States. This is the weekend before Christmas. I stopped at Best Buy this morning. I must be insane.
After scouring, but not finding, A Life Less Ordinary on the shelves, I finally got a kid to look it up for me on their computer.
"Shows as deleted in our system." He says.
"What does that mean?" I implore
"No Best Buy anywhere will have it. We no longer carry it." He tells me.
"Because its old." He looks at his screen, "Whoa. 1999! Really old."