On occasion, movie fans have been known to over analyze. We take trailers and go frame by frame to try and uncover hidden details (such as we did with several Super Bowl commercials yesterday), we watch and rewatch episodes of Lost to figure out the hidden subtexts and we enjoy when fellow critics break down movies in excruciating detail for our amusement.

It should come as no surprise, though, that we aren’t the only kind of fans who do this kind of thing. Sports fans, for example, have the same ability. They pore over all kinds of stats to try and make projections, predictions or find reasons for the outcome of a game.

Once in a while, there’s a rare instance where these two rabid fan bases overlap for our mutual benefit and that’s what’s happened over at Baseball Prospectus. There, one of their writers has poured over the minutia of Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, as well as baseball statistics, and determined that Ferris and friends were actually at Wrigley Field on June 5, 1985. Read how he came to that conclusion after the jump. Read More »


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What is Page 2? Page 2 is a compilation of stories and news tidbits, which for whatever reason, didn’t make the front page of /Film. After the jump we’ve included 30 different items, fun images, videos, casting tidbits, articles of interest and more. It’s like a mystery grab bag of movie web related goodness. If you have any interesting items that we might’ve missed that you think should go in /Film’s Page 2 – email us!

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If you’ve ever dreamed of stealing a Ferrari, going to a Cubs game, an art museum and singing in a parade all from the comfort of your own home, artist Max Dalton has made it possible. He created The Ferris Bueller’s Day Off Board Game to be included in the upcoming Gallery 1988 show, The Road to Shermer: A Tribute to John Hughes, which opens February 11 at their new Venice, CA location. The original version comes with dice, playing pieces and rules but there will also be a limited amount of prints available at the show. Check out images of the game, as well as a few other preview pieces from the show, after the jump. Read More »

VOTD: The Ferris Bueller Fight Club Theory

Ferris Bueller Fight Club

Last year we wrote about a wacky but fun movie theory called the Ferris Bueller Fight Club Theory, which theorized that “Ferris Bueller, the person, is just a figment of Cameron’s imagination, like Tyler Durden in Fight Club, and Sloane is the girl Cameron secretly loves.” You can read the original post about the topic here. /Film reader Lee Keeler, the guy who made the “Lorax” Grindhouse trailer we posted a while back, decided to edit a trailer using The Ferris Bueller Fight Club Theory concept for ClassyHands. Watch it now, embedded after the jump.

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We’ve featured some of Dutch Southern’s t-shirts in past editions of Cool Stuff. Their latest tee is called Shermer, IL and was designed by Evanimal. Film geeks will recognize the name of the town as the fictional suburban location of many of John Hughes’ teen comedies. And you may have guessed it, the t-shirt design is a tribute to John Hughes and some of his characters, printed on a white American Apparel tee.

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The Real Ferris Bueller

Ferris Bueller

The death of 80’s teen movie writer/director John Hughes has unearthed a bunch of new trivia on Hughes’ filmography. For instance, did you know that the title character in Ferris Bueller’s Day Off was actually based on Hughes’ child hood friend? Edward McNally has written an essay for The Washington Post in remembrance of his friend, filmmaker, John Hughes. Here is an excerpt:

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Ferris Bueller’s Day Off House For Sale

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Would you like to own a piece of cinematic history? I’m not talking about a small prop or piece or wardrobe…. but a location. Cameron’s house from Ferris Bueller’s Day Off is now on the market, for only $2.3 million.

Designed by A. James Speyer and David Haid, the Ben Rose Home features two steel and glass buildings cantilevered over a ravine, offering “incredible vistas of the surrounding woods.” Built in 1953, the 5300 square foot, four bedroom, four bath property is located in Highland Park, Illinois.

I have included the scene from the movie embedded after the jump. For more information on the property, go to Realtor.com.
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The Ferris Bueller Fight Club Theory

Ferris Bueller Fight Club

Update: /Film reader Lee Keeler, the guy who made the “Lorax” Grindhouse trailer we posted a while back, decided to edit a trailer using The Ferris Bueller Fight Club Theory concept. Watch that video here.

Over on Metatalk, Cool Papa Bell has created something I’m calling the Ferris Bueller Fight Club Theory:

My favorite thought-piece about Ferris Bueller is the “Fight Club” theory, in which Ferris Bueller, the person, is just a figment of Cameron’s imagination, like Tyler Durden, and Sloane is the girl Cameron secretly loves.

One day while he’s lying sick in bed, Cameron lets “Ferris” steal his father’s car and take the day off, and as Cameron wanders around the city, all of his interactions with Ferris and Sloane, and all the impossible hijinks, are all just played out in his head. This is part of the reason why the “three” characters can see so much of Chicago in less than one day — Cameron is alone, just imagining it all.

It isn’t until he destroys the front of the car in a fugue state does he finally get a grip and decide to confront his father, after which he imagines a final, impossible escape for Ferris and a storybook happy ending for Sloane (”He’s gonna marry me!”), the girl that Cameron knows he can never have.

What do you think?

On Halloween, two gals named Mina Karimi and Kara Suhey will attempt to recreate the legendary hijacked parade from Ferris Bueller’s Day Off down to the ’80s minutiae and extras like geriatric Miss Chicago contestants and bearded bankers. Cameron and his Red Wings jersey are already a lock. Under the Tumblr and moniker, Project Bueller, they are recruiting tens of thousands of participants and would like /Film readers residing in New York or visiting for the spooky holiday to join in.

After a bit of rescheduling, the epic shindig will go down as part of the 35th Village Halloween Parade. For more info, memorize the lyrics to The Beatles’s cover of “Twist and Shout” and then give them a shout at projectbueller at gmail. Their mission statement as emailed to /Film…

This project idea came to us as a tangible extension of our longtime ideal that you should follow your bliss and do what you truly feel like doing.  This means taking an active role in your own enjoyment and cultivating a creative mind, playful spirit, and performing the work you genuinely would like to do.  This is why Ferris’ character is so important to us.  He is the embodiment and inspiration of so many of our ideals.  We see too many people stifling their desires and truly believe that the world is a whole lot of fun when we let loose a bit and dance around in the streets.

See you at the parade!!!

John Hughes could not be reached for comment. An estimated two million spectators are expected this year. Any guys who have worn out their VHS copies of Timecop pretending that a nude Mia Sara was actually a grown-up Sloane Peterson: consider this requisite community service.

Discuss: Going? What’s the best parade in film history?