First of all, let's just be clear: The movie Ferris Bueller's Day Off is perfection.
Ferris is a hot, young thing (thank you, Matthew Broderick) on a quest for life despite being stuck in the purgatory of high school. His best friend, Cameron, is a sickly nay-sayer - the Id to Ferris' Ego, and Ferris makes it his mission to bring Cameron "back to life." Throw in a villainous principal/ruiner-of-fun who has set out to make an example out of our hero and we've got ourselves an adventure.
If you've seen the movie, you know it's easy to love Ferris - he's charming, handsome and into art AND sports. And he's wearing leopard. Swoon. In a nutshell, he was 1986's Ryan Gosling. But the real reason I love Mr. Bueller is that he can take a run-of-the-mill Tuesday and make it into the greatest day of your life.
ANYWAY Ferris, Cameron and Ferris' girlfriend, Sloan Peterson (who I always want to be for Halloween, but finding a white suede puffy coat with elaborate fringe isn't as easy as one might think), then embark on a series of adventures all over the city of Chicago. At one point, they even happen upon a parade (naturally) where Ferris finagles his way into singing on a float, capturing the hearts of every girl watching. After a long day of rabble-rousing, the trio heads home, Ferris on a race-against-time to beat his parents back to the house (SPOILER ALERT: he makes it).
But it's what this all adds up to that makes Mr. Bueller my hero - he fleeces EVERYONE in the movie. And they all love him for it. In fact, he has enriched their lives by giving them an opportunity to play a small part in his - something we should all aspire to. He also shows us the importance of stopping to look around and enjoy life's moments rather than always looking ahead to see what's next. And he does it all while wearing leopard. Again, swoon.
So here's to you, Mr. Bueller. May your days be filled with adventure and your singing always be dubbed.