Thursday, April 30, 2009

FORUM: Ferris Bueller is Fight Club??

One of the movies that I just really don't like, happens to be Ferris Bueller's Day Off. However, after reading this little piece over at Metatalk, I think that it can be seen as a film that is a lot more interesting. Here's the idea.

My favorite thought-piece about Ferris Bueller is the “Fight Club” theory, in which Ferris Bueller, the person, is just a figment of Cameron’s imagination, like Tyler Durden, and Sloane is the girl Cameron secretly loves.

One day while he’s lying sick in bed, Cameron lets “Ferris” steal his father’s car and take the day off, and as Cameron wanders around the city, all of his interactions with Ferris and Sloane, and all the impossible hijinks, are all just played out in his head. This is part of the reason why the “three” characters can see so much of Chicago in less than one day — Cameron is alone, just imagining it all.

It isn’t until he destroys the front of the car in a fugue state does he finally get a grip and decide to confront his father, after which he imagines a final, impossible escape for Ferris and a storybook happy ending for Sloane (”He’s gonna marry me!”), the girl that Cameron knows he can never have.


The turning point from the film, or at least the one that I believe that they are talking about, is the scene in which Cameron attempts to drown in the pool. This is similar in style to the car crash scene in Fight Club, where you sort of get the idea that maybe something bigger is going on. While I personally don't know if this is what is going on here, it can DEFINITLEY be read into as a film of that style. Just take the three main characters for example. First, there is Cameron, the nerdy guy who doesn't try to do anything that may break his normal routine, a character similar to The Narrator from Fight Club. Then there is Ferris, the outgoing, ballsy, guy who doesn't care about anything, and who does everything Cameron DREAMS he could do, similar to Tyler Durden. Finally, you have Sloane, the woman that the nerd secretly wants to be with, and who he dreams his alter ego ends up with, similar to how The Narrator wishes to get with Marla Singer. What about you?

What do YOU think?

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