Wednesday, March 30, 2011


For my money, Ferris Bueller is not the most interesting character in that film. He is the kind of guy who coasts on his charms; making friends easily. He is cute, yes, but he doesn't grow, change, realise anything interesting.
Cameron on the other hand learns tough lessons about risking it all and taking control of his life. But its Jeannie- Ferris' sister, who I like best.
She spends the day trying to punish Ferris for having it so easy. At every turn she attempts to foil his great day; hoping to expose him to the world for the fraud he is.
"Look at this guy everybody! He doesn't play by the rules!"
Jeannie has a bad case of the 'shoulds' and it makes her miserable. While Ferris is having an awesome day doing as he pleases, Jeannie gets all bunched up. Jeannie's brain tells her that because Ferris is having fun, there is less fun for her. It's not so much that she wishes ill upon her brother; it's that there is a finite amount of 'good' to be had. If Ferris has alot of it, Jeannie will have less of it.

and then,
Jeannie meets a young Charlie Sheen in the police station. She tells him that she is pissed off that Ferris can ditch school and not get caught. That would piss me off too. He SHOULD go to school and if he doesn't, then he SHOULD be punished. Her problem is her, as Charlie tells her.
Jeannie, not unlike me, lives inside her brain too much.

So gentle reader, tell your brain to shut the hell up and start asking your body what it wants more often.
A glass of hot ginger tea? A licorice all-sort? To walk barefoot on the grass?
To wear an over -sized washed-out floaty silk shirt on a windy day? To play a game of squash?
To listen to a slightly scratched record by Muddy Waters? To suck face with a young Charlie Sheen?
All good ideas. All good ways of connecting with your self.
Remember, your brain will most likely lead you astray and make you miserable so never listen to it.

1 comment:

  1. Best opener ever: Drugs? Thank you no, I'm straight. Does she think Charlie Sheen is going to make a drug deal in the police station?

    Yes, Ferris is not the point of the film, the point is how everyone deals with him. How do we deal with people who seem to have it all, who coast through life? Why are some people born rich and I have to work all day? Why does America just do what it feels like without regard for the UN?

    We are social animals, and we have these shared ideas about how to behave, from goes without saying to legislation, but we internalise these rules and then we make inferences from them, and in our mind these inferences can take on the strength of legislation.

    The traditional family man's opinion of gay marriage is very close to Ferris Bueller theory, which is basically the cliche reaction to a lateral thinking puzzle: Well you never said I could do that!