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Once again doing movie reviews this year and TL;DR but I’m going to break down the plot using Mary Carroll Moore’s W-story structuring method. Don’t know what the W stands for? Check out Ms. Moore’s video explanation here.
Disclaimer: This is MY version of a plot break down. You might decide I’m entirely wrong and spewing nonsense, and that’s cool. It’s all relative.
Also SPOILER WARNING.
And we’re onto F already! That’s almost a week-worth of the alphabet. But no time to slack off like Ferris Bueller. Gotta keep the momentum going…chug-a-lug on. This one was hard too! It didn’t follow the normal convention to a T, and that was cool, but frustrating as heck to pin down – so thanks a lot for almost screwing me over, Ferris.
Shall we chop up Ferris Bueller’s Day Off then?
Triggering event: Ferris feigns sick and his parents let him stay home (if they hadn’t his day-long adventure wouldn’t have seen the light of day…like him, because he’d be spending it shut up in school for the majority, lolol)
Setting up the problem: Ferris calls up his friend Cameron, and together the two boys concoct a plan to spring Ferris’ girlfriend, Sloane from school as well for a fun-filled day in the city with Cameron’s dad’s Ferrari. They have to hurdle through a lot of loops to successfully skip school as a trio. Also Ferris’ big sister, Jean/Jeanie is onto them.
Turning point #1: Ferris, Cameron and Sloane are all in the car heading to the city to start their day of playing hooky.
Recovering from the problem: Cameron, who is usually depressed and the worrier of the group easily (though with good reason — Ferris is nuts and Sloane is…well, a tag-along), is actually enjoying himself after a bunch of stunts (trips to the restaurant, narrowly dodging his dad, the Sears Tower, the art museum, the German American pride/cultural parade). In the background they’ve been unknowingly missing close calls with Principal Rooney.
Midpoint: The big sing-along that turns Cameron around 180 and he’s on the happiest high, exactly what Ferris wanted for his good friend. Rooney is onto Ferris when he visits the house and notices something odd about the elaborate message from Ferris refusing to allow him entry into the home. He starts his snooping…
Deepening of the problem: Starting from retrieving Cameron’s dad’s Ferrari and realizing that the mileage is WAY higher than it should be…pesky guys who took it for a joy ride, though scratch-free. Calming Cameron down takes a long time, but Sloane. Meanwhile Rooney is still snooping and Jeanie is also all fired up, skipping school herself and all to catch Ferris in his elaborate sick/I’m-at-Death’s-door act.
Turning point #2: Cameron, Ferris and Sloane are at Cameron’s reversing the mileage on his dad’s vintage so he won’t know they took it for fun. But when that doesn’t work, Cameron snaps and takes his anger for his neglecting father out on the car. This ends up causing WAY more damage than he expected…it’s pretty funny and sad at the same time. (I mean what a waste of a car!) Cameron doesn’t feel guilty though. He knows this is the best way to get his verbally abusive father’s attention. So when Ferris volunteers to take the blame, Cameron says no and he’s at peace with that decision. The theme here being ‘you live once and don’t live life fearfully; go out and make mistakes — stupid mistakes and learn from them and move on with life.
Resolving the problem/Climax: Ferris has to do all these crazy stunts as he races home before his parents and sister. Of course Jean is on to him at this point, but after a good talking to by a cute, narcotic-high dude she realizes she’s just jealous of her brother’s witty way to get out of trouble. When Rooney steals the key to the back of the office and confronts Ferris with the plan to keep him there until his parents realize he left his room, it’s Jean to the rescue.
Resolution: She saves Ferris and that allows him time to beat his parents to his room right on time for their check-in on him and his health/recovery. THE END of the craziest day EVER. Phew.