We start, as all good movie lists do, with a little bit of the late John Hughes.
Ferris Bueller’s Day Off – Rating: 15 / PG-13
There’s no denying that Ferris Bueller’s Day Off is a classic.
Though he’d already been seen in the lesser-known classic, WarGames, it was of course the role of Ferris Bueller that launched Matthew Broderick’s career, turning him into the household name we still can’t help but love today.
The trouble to which Bueller goes to take a day off school with classmates Cameron and Sloane is amazing, inspiring, and even a little insane. Their one day off from school sees the trio take to the road in Cameron’s father’s beauty of a Ferrari (which gets an epic Star Wars-themed moment on screen), visiting Sears Tower, crashing a German-American parade to the tune of The Beatles’ iconic Twist and Shout, and so much more.
As you can expect from many of Hughes’ classic teen movies, the three are at a critical point in their teenage years, which remains universal amongst kids of their age. So if you have high schoolers of your own, on the cusp of heading into adulthood, choosing between universities and careers, then Ferris Bueller is a very solid choice to introduce to them over the holiday.