Ferris Bueller’s motto was that life moves pretty fast. And he was right. It’s been nearly 28 years since Ferris woke up to find a beautiful blue sky over suburban Chicago and decided to ditch school (for the ninth time). Teenagers across the country marveled as Ferris took his best friend and girlfriend on an epic adventure through their city when they should have been running laps around the soccer field in gym class. Ferris embodied everything that teens felt they were, but never had the courage to live up to. Not confined to the label of the “jock” or the “nerd”, Ferris was just Ferris. He was rebellious, yet caring; daring, yet poetic; and always cool.
Almost 30 years later, Ferris Bueller’s Day Off remains just as popular as ever. It invokes nostalgia in adults and still manages to appeal to teens by relating to the need for that one thing we all crave when we’re young: freedom. But upon closer inspection, one has to wonder exactly how Ferris and his friends pulled such a day off. To a teenager, it just seems fun, but to an adult running a mental tab, it suddenly seems ridiculously expensive. And they’re right. If Ferris Bueller took his day off with his friends today, doing all the same things they did in the film, it would cost an approximate $1,946. Factor in the totaled car and that number jumps to a jaw-dropping $10,977,946. That’s quite the pricey day off. Continue reading to see how Ferris Bueller’s Day Off breaks down financially.
11 The Computerized Keyboard: $400
10 The Clarinet: $165
9 A Computer Fit For A Hacker: $650
8 Posing As Abe Froman In A 5 Star Restaurant: $0
7 Visiting The Art Institute Of Chicago: $51
6 Climbing The Willis Tower: $57
5 Chicago Board Of Trade: $0
4 A Game At Wrigley Field: $228
3 Fine For Jumping A Parade Float: $250
2 Parking And Gas For The Day In Chicago: $145
1 And, Of Course, The Totaled Ferrari: $10,976,000
Viewers are never given the chance to see Cameron’s dad’s reaction to the destruction of his prized possession, but one can imagine that it was quite tragic. One can also imagine that the conversation of what exactly happened went beyond what Cameron said would be a “little chat.” Especially considering that the car that they totaled was a 1961 Ferrari 250 GT California and is currently worth $10,976,000. Since a sequel was never made, the world will never know whether or not Cameron’s dad agreed with Ferris’ philosophy that “it’s his fault he didn't lock the garage.” Even if he did, chances are he expected Ferris and friends to pony up his insurance deductible.
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