Ferris Bueller’s Fight Club

I read a cool theory this morning that I just love the idea of. What if Ferris Bueller was like Fight Club?

Its a theory that re-imagines the exact same movie, but applying the twist of Fight Club to the characters. Its all in Cameron’s head. Ferris isn’t real.

/Film explains the theory created by “Cool Papa Bell”

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.

This just give me one more reason to watch Ferris Bueller’s Day Off – not that I needed another reason. The movie is a classic.

This reminds me of a recent episode of How I Met your Mother where Barney seems to be the only one who “gets” movies. He sees Karate Kid as being about Johnny learning to take defeat with some pride after being beat by some talentless punk from the poor part of town. Or how Terminator is about the Terminator.. not the resistance, or Sarah Connor. Look at the title.. Terminator.

Are there any movies that you can twist its original intent and make it work with a different point of view?

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11 thoughts on “Ferris Bueller’s Fight Club

  1. How about the machines in The Matrix being the good guys and the humans as the evil ones trying to ruin the machine’s carefully thought out way of life if you look at the relationship between a home owner and the appliances working inside of it as “slaves” to the owner, but reversing the roles so that we become the appliances and the machines the owner. Because we are the losers of the war against the machines in The Matrix, we lost fair and square, yet we want to rebel against machines despite the fact that are clearly superior to us in every way.

  2. i watched star wars with the point of view of obiwan being evil and the storm troopers being blamed for things they did not do.

    like when luke skywalkers family is killed, luke took obiwans word that it was the stormtroopers who didit

  3. Well this is taking a Gregory McGuire-ish approach to things like the Wicked Trilogy. I believe this has been done with several of the classic Bond villains.

  4. Predator was merely a lesson on being greedy and how it can turn around and bite you in the ass. Poor guy goes on a hunting safari on another planet, and ends up being killed by his prey. Couldn’t be happy with the few kills he got, he had to go and stick around trying to get them all.

  5. My friend wrote this crazy essay about how Beauty and the Beast is nothing more but a glorified version of Stockholm Syndrome, and how the character of Belle is not truly loved by anyone and is used by everyone. Her father uses her for moral support, Gaston uses her as a would-be trophy, and the castle characters are only kind to her due to ulterior motives.

    It almost swayed me, but I love that movie too much to see it as sinister.

  6. Hows abouts Star wars from a stormtroopers point of view, that bieng all jedi are jerks who act like demigods with thier fancy wizard powers and comfortable loose fitting robes. why else did they so easily turn on the jedi in ep III.

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