History Headscratchers / FerrisBuellersDayOff

9th Dec '17 2:09:36 PM CaseyKing15
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** The film is set in 1985 - a year that the Blackhawks swept Detroit out of the playoffs, winning each game by at least 4 goals (and it had been 14 years since Howe played for them at that point). Most Chicago fans probably weren't too upset at the Wings at the time.
26th Nov '17 7:15:50 PM costanton11
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*** They may have assumed that Cameron was from out of town and paid him no mind.

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*** They may have assumed that Cameron was from out of town and paid him no mind.mind, and they probably had other things to worry about than harassing some random stranger they pass by on the street.
26th Nov '17 7:13:13 PM costanton11
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** Given that he was sure the person he was talking to was Ferris only to discover that it wasn't, he probably panicked and didn't think of the possibility at that moment.
20th Sep '17 10:49:33 AM Phoenixia1177
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** If it is equally likely that a student's name starts when any letter, the chance that there is a student with a last name starting with that letter is 62% - for three different letters, it is 92%. Using the 2000 census, there is a 98% chance that some student had a last name starting with c, d, or e; assuming 25 students. That 25 students all have a name starting with a different letter, assuming a constant distribution, has a 0.0000000065% chance of occurring. (If we want to be pedantic, we know there are two students that have names without those letters, but it doesn't really change anything, the chances of someone having names with those letters are still over 90%).
8th Sep '17 6:52:39 AM speedyboris
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5:50 PM: Back at Sloan's house, Ferris kisses Sloan goodbye for the day and runs home.\\

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5:50 PM: Back at Sloan's house, Ferris kisses Sloan goodbye for the day and runs home.\\
8th Sep '17 6:51:31 AM speedyboris
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5 PM: The trio go back to Cameron's house, where they try to roll back the mileage and fail.
5:50 PM: Back at Sloan's house, Ferris kisses Sloan goodbye for the day and runs home.

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5 PM: The trio go back to Cameron's house, where they try to roll back the mileage and fail.
fail.\\
5:50 PM: Back at Sloan's house, Ferris kisses Sloan goodbye for the day and runs home.\\
8th Sep '17 6:51:22 AM speedyboris
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* The phone call scene...Rooney never considered that Ferris might have an accomplice?

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* The phone call scene...Rooney never considered that Ferris might have an accomplice?accomplice?
* So, the timeline for the day's events. I think it goes like this:\\
7:30 AM: Ferris fakes illness and his parents and Jeannie leave.\\
8 AM: Ferris showers, calls Cameron and goofs off while waiting for him to come over.\\
9 AM: Cameron finally comes over. The duo prank call Ed Rooney and get Sloan out of class.\\
9:15 AM: After the prank call, Ferris and Cameron go to Cameron's house to borrow the Ferrari.\\
9:45 AM: Ferris and Cameron pick up Sloan from school and head for Chicago.\\
10 AM: Ferris parks the car, and the three go to the John Hancock Center.\\
11 AM: The trio go to the stock exchange.\\
12 PM: The trio go to Chez Paul for lunch.\\
1 PM: The trio attend a few innings of the baseball game. It's highly doubtful they stayed for the whole game.\\
2 PM: The trio go to the art museum.\\
3 PM: The trio attend the parade.\\
4 PM: The trio leave the city, but briefly stop at a park to try to snap Cameron out of his catatonic state.\\
4:30 PM: The trio go to a backyard pool, where Cameron finally snaps out of it.\\
5 PM: The trio go back to Cameron's house, where they try to roll back the mileage and fail.
5:50 PM: Back at Sloan's house, Ferris kisses Sloan goodbye for the day and runs home.
6 PM: Ferris arrives at his back door, and after being bailed out by Jeannie, bolts upstairs and into bed before his parents get there.\\
Anything I left out?
31st Aug '17 4:46:08 PM CaptainCrawdad
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* Am I the only one who thinks this story would work better if Ferris were a broke schmo in a trailer park, and not an obviously privileged kid from the suburbs? He lives in a luxurious house (it's no mansion, but it's no trailer, either), has a computer when those were not cheap (and bitches that he didn't get a car), and a cacophony of electronic and musical equipment he did not pay for himself. What do I care that a slightly upper middle class kid can pull the wool over the eyes of the slightly lower upper class? If he lived in a trailer and had to scrape together his own nickels to buy what little he could afford (a shitty Casio keyboard, a cheap boom box, and some swiped telephone technician tools to crack the school's computer from the pay phone down the road), I would adore this character. As it is, and maybe this is just HarsherInHindsight kicking in, he's just a spoiled baby with FirstWorldProblems.
** The character's ''supposed'' to be a jerk. This isn't an uplifting drama about a persecuted individual defying the system, but a farcical comedy - and, more than that, a farcical comedy written by a guy who usually saw things from the adolescent point of view. When you're a teenager, your moral compass isn't quite steady yet due to lack of cognitive development, and it's only natural to see yourself as the underdog and try to justify anything you do. What's more, comedies of the 1980s were jam-packed with smug, selfish, insensitive, borderline sociopathic antiheroes; it was just a sign of the times, and probably [[ValuesDissonance a reflection of the perverse individualist streak running through the popular culture in those days]].
* Alan Ruck as Cameron. WHY?! DawsonCasting is one thing, but choosing a man who is 'almost 30'' to play a character nearly half that age sounds like something a Creator/WilliamCastle or an Creator/EdWood would do.
** Ruck was thin and gawky enough to pull it off. If one didn't know his age beforehand, they would surely have been convinced. Lest we forget, Creator/RachelMcAdams pulled off looking like a teenager in her mid-to-late twenties... and that's just one example.
** Absolutely. I looked up Alan Ruck on IMDB after watching the film for the first time in over ten years not long ago. My initial reaction to his year of birth was "This ''has'' to be a typo."
23rd Jun '17 1:32:34 AM Uyyy
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** The internet as it currently exists wasn't around in the eighties, but to say it didn't exist at all kind of shows your youth. Hacking as a "thing" began in the eighties, and universities and schools were some of the few places that actually probably would have had a modem. The school's computers likely had an external modem that they would have connected to a central ISD system to access and back up records to over the phone line. This actually would have made it even easier for Ferris to hack it... he would have really only needed some information likely written on the side of the modem itself to get in. And there would have been [=BBSes=] that would have told him how to do it.

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** The internet as it currently exists wasn't around in the eighties, but to say it didn't exist at all kind of shows your youth. Hacking as a "thing" began in the eighties, and universities and schools were some of the few places that actually probably would have had a modem. The school's computers likely had an external modem that they would have connected to a central ISD system to access and back up records to over the phone line. This actually would have made it even easier for Ferris to hack it... he would have really only needed some information likely written on the side of the modem itself to get in. And there would have been [=BBSes=] that would have told him how to do it.it.
* The phone call scene...Rooney never considered that Ferris might have an accomplice?
11th Jun '17 12:37:53 AM Piterpicher
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** Ruck was thin and gawky enough to pull it off. If one didn't know his age beforehand, they would surely have been convinced. Lest we forget, RachelMcAdams pulled off looking like a teenager in her mid-to-late twenties... and that's just one example.

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** Ruck was thin and gawky enough to pull it off. If one didn't know his age beforehand, they would surely have been convinced. Lest we forget, RachelMcAdams Creator/RachelMcAdams pulled off looking like a teenager in her mid-to-late twenties... and that's just one example.
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