Video: Ferris lives, sort of

posted at 6:15 pm on January 27, 2012 by Allahpundit

You’re going to watch it somewhere online today so you might as well watch it here. In a way, this 10-second teaser is as much a tribute to FBDO’s cultural ubiquity as that two-hour fan re-creation was to Star Wars’s: One man, one line, one two-second snippet of music, and that’s enough for every American between the ages of say, 30 and 50 to recognize instantly who and what this is.

And what it is, apparently, is a vehicle to sell Hondas:

A source familiar with Honda’s operations hinted to us earlier this year that the company was going to do a Ferris Bueller-style ad for the Super Bowl starring none other than Matthew Broderick.

The source also added that the spot was going to mimic much of the original film, except this time prominently featuring Hondas. The big jump the two valets do in Cameron’s dad’s Ferrari? We hear this time it’s going to be a Honda CR-V.

Honda is pouring a lot of money into this ad and, according to our source, hired The Hangover writer/director Todd Phillips to put it all together.

Have a look at the sensible hatchback that’s now being sold by the avatar of carefree teenaged joie de vivre. (Is that Broderick seen from behind in the opening shot of the teaser, incidentally, or a stand-in? From the back, he looks even older and grayer.) Broderick and John Hughes kicked around the idea for a sequel to “Ferris” initially but backed off because they believed, correctly, that the movie’s charm came from the moment it captured more so than from the characters themselves. You could take Ferris and Cameron and make them college seniors or junior executives but then you’re really just doing a buddy movie with the requisite hijinx. It’d be better than “Road Trip” or “Old School” (or, lord knows, “The Hangover”), but it wouldn’t be much different. “Ferris” is different because it’s all about the fleeting pleasure of having no responsibilities and endless possibilities as high school is ending and before college has begun. You relate to it, but you know something the characters don’t — that it can’t last. That’s what gives the film its memorable sweetness; in a way, it’s the most nostalgic movie ever made. No wonder companies want to use it in a commercial. Recapture the whimsy of your youth: Drive a, er, Honda CR-V.

If nothing else, the idea of aging Americans trying to reconnect culturally with a bygone age of few responsibilities should make for an excellent opening to a Mark Steyn column about the welfare state.

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That is going to be an awesome ad.

msmveritas on January 27, 2012 at 6:20 PM

Time really took a bat to Matthew Broderick, didn’t it?

squint on January 27, 2012 at 6:20 PM

Is that Broderick seen from behind in the opening shot of the teaser, incidentally, or a stand-in? From the back, he looks even older and grayer.

Probably not. But the guy doing the voice over sounds a lot like the “Wonder Years” narrator.

whatcat on January 27, 2012 at 6:21 PM

They should have had beautiful women lounging around on the bed in the background.

John the Libertarian on January 27, 2012 at 6:21 PM

Time really took a bat to Matthew Broderick, didn’t it?

squint on January 27, 2012 at 6:20 PM

Yeah, he looks almost 45, doesn’t he?

James on January 27, 2012 at 6:22 PM

That can’t be Broderick in the beginning, it looks nothing like him.

clearbluesky on January 27, 2012 at 6:22 PM

Was that Rachael Maddow?

carbon_footprint on January 27, 2012 at 6:23 PM

What’s next? Elizabeth Shue dragging a bunch of kids around Chicago all night trying to find their missing Honda Mini-van???

portlandon on January 27, 2012 at 6:23 PM

At least it isn’t for a Prius! Or a Volt. *shudder* That seriously would tarnish the beauty of Ferris Bueller.

conservative pilgrim on January 27, 2012 at 6:24 PM

Noooooooooo

lorien1973 on January 27, 2012 at 6:25 PM

Time really took a bat to Matthew Broderick, didn’t it?

squint on January 27, 2012 at 6:20 PM

Hasn’t been kind to his wife either. High Def is a friend of few.

conservative pilgrim on January 27, 2012 at 6:25 PM

Whoo hoo! I just bought a new CR-V. Love it!

Fallon on January 27, 2012 at 6:26 PM

I wonder how kind time has been to Simone?

portlandon on January 27, 2012 at 6:27 PM

Yeah, he looks almost 45, doesn’t he?

James on January 27, 2012 at 6:22 PM

Sure, let’s go with that.

squint on January 27, 2012 at 6:28 PM

Sure but did it really happen? Or is Cameron just dreaming again?

rihar on January 27, 2012 at 6:29 PM

I looked it up on wikipedia; Broderick was already 24 when the movie was made.

radjah shelduck on January 27, 2012 at 6:30 PM

Time really took a bat to Matthew Broderick, didn’t it?

squint on January 27, 2012 at 6:20 PM

He’s 50 and he looks like he is 50. I would say time treated him just right.

NotCoach on January 27, 2012 at 6:30 PM

Slow news day, I guess.

Bmore on January 27, 2012 at 6:31 PM

Did any of you see the recent movie New Year’s Eve, with the cast of thousands? Matthew Broderick made a cameo as Mr. Bueller…ton. I think I was the only person to chuckle.

redeye on January 27, 2012 at 6:32 PM

I never liked that movie, or I should say, that character. Probably because I was already out of college and working for a living when the movie came out. Too old to appreciate it, I suppose.

Mallard T. Drake on January 27, 2012 at 6:32 PM

I wonder how kind time has been to Simone?

portlandon on January 27, 2012 at 6:27 PM

Not bad. Not. Bad. At. All.

JPeterman on January 27, 2012 at 6:33 PM

Meh. Imagine a Spicoli ad airing during halftime, selling the new IROC Z-28.

Bonus: He was married to the halftime “talent.”

I should get paid for this.

Christien on January 27, 2012 at 6:34 PM

Hope it hints at the “Fight Club” explaination of the film. Although I’ll never see it because I dont care to watch the idiotic grabass before and after.

bernverdnardo1 on January 27, 2012 at 6:37 PM

Is this a political statement?

“It’s on European Socialism. I mean, really, what’s the point? I’m not European. I don’t plan on being European. So who gives a crap if they’re socialists? They could be fascist anarchists, it still doesn’t change the fact that I don’t own a car.”

HTnFBCoachnTX1980 on January 27, 2012 at 6:37 PM

Was that Rachael Maddow?

carbon_footprint on January 27, 2012 at 6:23 PM

HAHAAHA!

Alex Trebeck: And you get the Daily Double.

EnderWiggins on January 27, 2012 at 6:39 PM

Ferris..:)

Dire Straits on January 27, 2012 at 6:39 PM

Meh. Imagine a Spicoli ad airing during halftime, selling the new IROC Z-28.

Yeah, that car was a total POS, brand new.

bigdicksplace on January 27, 2012 at 6:39 PM

Isn’t it more of the same, a la Honda’s “The Van Beckons?”

Christien on January 27, 2012 at 6:42 PM

ahhh…. a palate cleanser…

ted c on January 27, 2012 at 6:43 PM

Have a look at the sensible hatchback that’s now being sold by the avatar of carefree teenaged joie de vivre.

does it have a bumper sticker that says “You can’t hug a child with nuclear arms”? if not, then…..feh, of course./

ted c on January 27, 2012 at 6:44 PM

Porsche…..”If you have the means, I highly recommend picking one up:”

Ferris, you are not moving up in the world. Guess thats what happens when you skip school.

KMav on January 27, 2012 at 6:44 PM

At least, back in the day, Ferris Bueller coulda got a job if he wanted one…..nowadays, they’ll have to rename it “Ferris Bueller’s Decade Off”….

change.

ted c on January 27, 2012 at 6:45 PM

next up….Joshua’s voice asking broderick…”would you like to play a game?”….

ted c on January 27, 2012 at 6:46 PM

Ferris..:)

Dire Straits on January 27, 2012 at 6:39 PM

Dire Straits
Here ya go friend.: ) I’m turning in a little early.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2_J4pADDMZs&feature=related

Bmore on January 27, 2012 at 12:41 AM

Dire Straits
Just didn’t want you to miss the one from last night. Its good. : )

Bmore on January 27, 2012 at 6:47 PM

Fast Times>Ferris

fleeting pleasure of having no responsibilities and endless possibilities as high school is ending and before college has begun.

If that period didn’t comprise freshman through senior years, you weren’t really trying.

Christien on January 27, 2012 at 6:49 PM

I hope Ben Steins in the commercial

gerrym51 on January 27, 2012 at 6:52 PM

‘Election’ was FB2. Ferris grew up & got what he deserved.

BHO Jonestown on January 27, 2012 at 6:53 PM

Time really took a bat to Matthew Broderick, didn’t it?

squint on January 27, 2012 at 6:20 PM

He looked okay to me.

TigerPaw on January 27, 2012 at 6:55 PM

Bmore on January 27, 2012 at 6:47 PM

Joe Walsh rules!!..:)

Dire Straits on January 27, 2012 at 6:57 PM

He looked okay to me.

TigerPaw on January 27, 2012 at 6:55 PM

Never mind, then.

squint on January 27, 2012 at 7:00 PM

Joe Walsh rules!!..:)

Dire Straits on January 27, 2012 at 6:57 PM

Yes indeed. Glad you got it. John also enjoyed it. ; )

Bmore on January 27, 2012 at 7:02 PM

Then he’ll do a Go GO Gadget cameo?

Kini on January 27, 2012 at 7:06 PM

was hoping for a new installment of FBDO. Damn.

maineconservative on January 27, 2012 at 7:13 PM

I didn’t have a clue… But then, I haven’t ever seen FDBO. I’m nearly 50, and it was popular when I was in college, but it never appealed to me. I’ve never seen that White Castle movie, either.

BoomJunkie on January 27, 2012 at 7:15 PM

I’ll bet you that The Vermont People are driving Subarus.

turfmann on January 27, 2012 at 7:19 PM

Bmore on January 27, 2012 at 7:02 PM

JtL has forgotten more about music than I will ever know..:)

Dire Straits on January 27, 2012 at 7:22 PM

Was that Matthew Broderick’s dad?

kit dinker on January 27, 2012 at 7:28 PM

Time really took a bat to Matthew Broderick, didn’t it?

squint on January 27, 2012 at 6:20 PM

Squint, this comment drew a lot of response. Alas that bat clobbers almost all of us. Enjoy your youth or your good looks. Or maybe you are blessed with both.

jazzuscounty on January 27, 2012 at 7:28 PM

Speaking of Ferris Beuhler, Iowahawk visit’s Cameron’s house

Walter Sobchak on January 27, 2012 at 7:30 PM

Awesome. But then Honda did do that commercial which was the world’s largest skydive and broadcast it *live*. So the bar is high.

CorporatePiggy on January 27, 2012 at 7:32 PM

I loved the movie….

But do I have live with Ben Stein for 20 more years?

golfmann on January 27, 2012 at 7:32 PM

Squint, this comment drew a lot of response. Alas that bat clobbers almost all of us. Enjoy your youth or your good looks. Or maybe you are blessed with both.

jazzuscounty on January 27, 2012 at 7:28 PM

Yes, time makes fools of us all.

squint on January 27, 2012 at 7:55 PM

Now I can’t get the “Oh yeah/chicka chickahhh” song out of my head.

86 on January 27, 2012 at 8:05 PM

ThaNk God it’s not a Volt.

vcferlita on January 27, 2012 at 8:07 PM

Maddow line was great, but love this one:

At least, back in the day, Ferris Bueller coulda got a job if he wanted one…..nowadays, they’ll have to rename it “Ferris Bueller’s Decade Off”…

Wouldn’t this resonate with the 30-50 crowd as well? Will these folks vote?

sdbatboy on January 27, 2012 at 8:14 PM

Save Ferris!

cmsinaz on January 27, 2012 at 8:24 PM

Little known fact about Fast Times, the actress that was murdered by Phil Specter had a small role in that film.

carbon_footprint on January 27, 2012 at 8:40 PM

Her name was Lana Clarkson.

carbon_footprint on January 27, 2012 at 8:41 PM

I wonder how kind time has been to Simone?

portlandon on January 27, 2012 at 6:27 PM

Not bad. Not. Bad. At. All.

JPeterman on January 27, 2012 at 6:33 PM

That is not Sloane. She was played by Mia Sara
http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0000214/

kathleen on January 27, 2012 at 9:10 PM

After watching it with the Ferris Club paradigm in mind, the movie only gets better. Good times.

King B on January 27, 2012 at 9:21 PM

Was that Rachael Maddow?

carbon_footprint on January 27, 2012 at 6:23 PM

Hey, who is this Maddow guy, anyway. I think his name came up in another thread here tonight…

bofh on January 27, 2012 at 9:22 PM

Hey, who is this Maddow guy, anyway. I think his name came up in another thread here tonight…

bofh on January 27, 2012 at 9:22 PM

Ray Maddow has a small show on some liberal cable channel. He pretty cool, for a liberal.

carbon_footprint on January 27, 2012 at 9:29 PM

Still miffed about my lunch reservation you punk. Rooney was right about you!

AbeFroman on January 27, 2012 at 9:51 PM

That is not Sloane. She was played by Mia Sara

…to whom time has been quite cruel :(

greggriffith on January 27, 2012 at 9:55 PM

Time really took a bat to Matthew Broderick, didn’t it?

I still think he’s handsome.

Better to age naturally than go the Bruce Jenner/Kenny Rogers look. Seriously.

englishqueen01 on January 27, 2012 at 10:44 PM

Still miffed about my lunch reservation you punk. Rooney was right about you!

AbeFroman on January 27, 2012 at 9:51 PM

Hah!!

nukemhill on January 27, 2012 at 10:54 PM

Looks like another Volkswagen teaser. Same date and date format at the end as the dogs barking the imperial march from star wars teaser. Appealing to the same generation with both commercials.

tommytom02 on January 27, 2012 at 11:26 PM

He’s 50 and he looks like he is 50. I would say time treated him just right.
NotCoach on January 27, 2012 at 6:30 PM

You’re wrong! I grew up with Ferris Bueller. I know.
This guy is only 30-something…he just parties hard…

BigSven on January 28, 2012 at 6:42 AM

I approve of this message.

SaveFarris on January 28, 2012 at 8:12 AM

Time really took a bat to Matthew Broderick, didn’t it?

squint on January 27, 2012 at 6:20 PM

Let’s see a pic of you.

Broderick looks just fine for his age.

bluegill on January 28, 2012 at 8:23 AM

That is not Sloane. She was played by Mia Sara
http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0000214/

kathleen on January 27, 2012 at 9:10 PM

There was a bit part by the actress linked to whose characters name was Simone.

hawkdriver on January 28, 2012 at 9:28 AM

Looks like Ferris just got out of an Irish jail for killing someone while dui…

Caper29 on January 28, 2012 at 11:13 AM

Speaking of Ferris Beuhler, Iowahawk visit’s Cameron’s house

Walter Sobchak on January 27, 2012 at 7:30 PM

Thanks for the link, very cool!

Difficultas_Est_Imperium on January 28, 2012 at 12:40 PM

Time really took a bat to Matthew Broderick, didn’t it?

squint on January 27, 2012 at 6:20 PM

I, however, have retained my boyish charm and good looks!

Tim_CA on January 28, 2012 at 2:30 PM

Let’s see a pic of you.

Broderick looks just fine for his age.

bluegill on January 28, 2012 at 8:23 AM

Lighten up, Francis.

squint on January 28, 2012 at 4:51 PM

I know I’m in the minority, but I always thought Ferris Beuller was an irresponsible jerk who needed some aggressive parenting.

rivlax on January 30, 2012 at 3:35 PM