Film (with rating): Ferris Bueller’s Day Off (PG-13)
high school slickster is determined to take a day off of school and have some
Review: Maybe it’s spring fever, or perhaps a
yearning to be back in high school (I tell you, that “Glee” kick has
really messed with my head!). Or maybe it’s just a deep desire to take a day
off. Whatever the reason, I went vintage this weekend and pulled a classic out
of the vault. “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off” is one of my favorite John Hughes
films. It’s got romance, adventure, the Chicago skyline, comedy and Charlie
Sheen, all wrapped up in a fuzzy blanket of teen angst and emotion. Matthew
Broderick stars as the title character in this 26-year-old (good Lord! It’s
that old?!) film, and despite all he’s done in his very accomplished career, he
can’t outrun “Bueller….Bueller.”
For those of you not familiar with this movie, it’s about
Ferris, a savvy teen who decides the day is too beautiful to be spent in
school. So he gets his girlfriend and best friend to take a day off with him
and enjoy the sights, sounds and escapades this day holds for them. We’ve got
baseball, a parade, museums, fancy cars, swanky restaurants. Ferris does more
in one day than I’ve done in the past year, I think.
One thing that makes “Ferris” such an all-star
movie is the all-star cast. Jennifer Grey plays Ferris’ angry sister (who tries
to pick up Charlie Sheen in the police station. Classic scene!) and Jeffrey
Jones is the unforgettable Ed Rooney, who makes it his mission to destroy
Ferris and keep him in high school another year. The comedy is beyond classic.
One-liners and laugh-out-loud scenes are the norm here. Hughes, the master of
the teen comedy and teen angst, knew just what he was doing with “Ferris.”
He not only captured the essence of the teenager, but he encapsulated the
spirit of Chicago. Classic. I saw the movie for the first time all those years
ago, and to this day I still recite the lines. And I still want a Ferris
Bueller-style day off.
Perhaps the Ferris-ism I took most to heart was the main one
from the movie: “Life moves pretty fast. If you don’t stop and look around
once in a while, you could miss it.” So true, Ferris. So true. After
enjoying a trip back in time to the 1980s this weekend, take a note from
Ferris. Stop and look around a bit. Life does move pretty fast, you know. Don’t
Skip it. Call in sick to work and go visit the museum or catch a baseball game.
What to serve for dinner: In honor of one of my most-favorite cities, serve
up some deep-dish Chicago-style pizza (foodnetwork.com). To pay homage to
“Abe Froman, Sausage King of Chicago,” add some sausage to this pizza
pie. Follow it up with a handful of gummi bears for dessert. Preferably warm
16 ounces water
2 pounds bread flour
1/4 cup olive oil
1/4 cup cornmeal
2 cups tomato sauce, jar or homemade
2 cups shredded mozzarella
1/2 cup sliced mushrooms
1/2 cup spinach, shredded
1/2 cup grated Romano
1/2 cup sliced pepperoni
1/2 cup grated Parmesan
Sausage, cooked and sliced
In a mixer combine the water and the yeast and allow the
yeast to dissolve. Add the remaining ingredients except for the cornmeal and
begin to mix the dough using a dough hook on low speed. Once a ball is formed
mix on medium speed for 1 to 2 minutes until the dough becomes elastic and
smooth. Remove from the mixer and place in a bowl coated with olive oil. Allow
the dough to rest for approximately 4 hours. Once the dough is rested, place on
flat surface and dust with some flour.
Preheat oven to 425 degrees. In a deep baking dish or
deep-dish pizza pan, spread the dough using your fingers at the bottom of the
pan and make sure to have enough dough to come up the sides of the pan
approximately 1/2-inch high.
Begin by placing a layer of the mozzarella cheese on the
bottom of the crust. Add the tomato sauce and all of the toppings. Place in the
oven for 30 to 40 minutes until golden and crispy.
What to talk about over dinner: What was your favorite scene? Favorite adventure?
Did you have a friend like Ferris in high school? Were you Ferris? Are
you still that guy? What would you do if you could take a Ferris-style day off
tomorrow? What was your favorite line from the film? Why was John Hughes such a
genius when it came to the teen-angst drama/comedy? What was your favorite one?
Don’t even get me started on “Sixteen Candles.” I could talk about
that all night. What were the best parts of the 1980s? Where was the best place
you went to when you ditched high school? I think mine was the Oscars. Or
should I say, the parking lot near the Shrine Auditorium as we stood so far
back from the red carpet we could only manage a tiny glimpse of some actors’
heads as they rushed inside. But hey, I’d say that counts as a quasi-Ferris
moment. It would only be a true Ferris-style adventure, though, if I had
managed to walk down the red carpet myself, get inside the ceremony and finish
the evening dancing with Tom Cruise at the Governors Ball.