Eighties teen movies are obligatory viewing. Breakfast Club, Pretty In Pink; even St Elmo’s Fire, when you plunge into the depths of these movies, you’ll find all you want and need out of a movie; morality, feelings, drama and wit. One such film will always resonate louder than the rest and that is the brilliant Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, a movie that launched the career of baby-faced Matthew Broderick. So when both my little brother and sister turned the ripe old age of 12, I finally sat them down to teach them the ways of Bueller (adhering to parental guidance laws, yo). What I found upon this particular viewing was very loud resonating feelings for “sidekick” Cameron Frye. And how Cameron is the ultimate modern day hero.
But Cameron Frye? Cameron Frye is our Batman; a dark and brooding rich kid with a lot of complexities and the access to supercool cars. Even his parents aren’t around; being dead emotionally to each other and Cameron. It’s Cameron that we ending up falling in love with, and backing, rather than Ferris. He spends a lot of time wrestling with the issues and pressure of his life. Starting off in the beginning believing he is sick when really he is conflicted, Cameron is instantly relatable. He mirrors a lot of issues many people have on a day-to-day basis, especially being pushed around by overbearing parents. The best thing about Cameron is that he recognises his mentality and how jealous he is that Ferris’ carefree attitude comes so easily. How many of us have friends like that? Those friends who can dance when thousands are watching, take to the microphone at karaoke and just grab life.
Add this to the conspiracy theory that Ferris is actually a made up personality of Cameron and he becomes the greatest hero of all time. Not only is he definitely a John Hughes version of Batman, but he could possibly be our Superman, too.