TV. So after all, was this uninspiring director of some small films about adolescence, and that had some fame in the 80's, the one, with this film, that generated all offspring of geeks and hipsters that currently condemn us to the spectacle of the stylish worldliness? Think of Wes Anderson or Ayoade's "Submarine", for example.
This movie perfectly captures the juxtaposition of playing by the rules vs. not playing by the rules. Ferris completely avoids all rules and never gets in trouble, while Cameron always sticks to the rules and always gets in trouble. The message in this film is to not be afraid to break the status quo. Many people need this message- not to do bad things- but to take it easy every once in a while. Its a worthy classic!
Like most Hughes films, its a lot of fluff. But being from Chicagoland, I see it as one of the best love letters to the city and surrounding area. It has always irked me though that Cameron wears a Red Wings jersey through it, they being the historic rival of the Blackhawks. It's also impossible to do all those things in that short of time. And its stupid to drive in, take the Metra in, then ride CTA or walk.