"Bueller... Bueller... Bueller..."
Twenty years of idle slacking later (life really does move pretty fast, eh?) and we can finally stop calling for a Special Edition of John Hughes' über-teen-comedy. Most of John Hughes' slate of '80s teen flicks look saggily sentimental around the jowls nowadays - Pretty In Pink and The Breakfast Club, as timeless for people of a certain age as they are, are hard to watch in 2006 without wincing. But Matthew Broderick's turn as the uncategorisable Ferris (neither a sporto, geek, motorhead, slut, blood, waistoid, dweebie or dickhead, but truly a righteous dude) hasn't aged.
From perfectly picked music to acid-etched aphorisms ("Only the meek get pinched, the bold survive"), from picture-postcard Chicago cityscapes to achingly funny situations, from stand-up-and-cheer set-pieces to that eye-popping Ferrari, this is a film that leaves you aching to phone in sick.
Extras-wise, the vintage, 1985 on-set mucking-about footage is cute - and even if the stuff with Ben Stein (the film's agonisingly dull economics teacher) is throwaway, the other new docs are solid. Freshly filmed snippets from Broderick, Alan Ruck and Jennifer Grey sit comfortably alongside vintage interviews with Hughes and Mia Sara. You hear a few decent anecdotes, see how Broderick seems like the quiet wallflower in real life, while Ruck is the charismatic storyteller, and get to gawp at Grey's post-nosejob face.
It's not all good, though. Why, oh why is there no commentary? The only thing the original DVD release had going for it was a corking chat-track courtesy of John Hughes. Even if they couldn't get the now-reclusive writer/director/producer to record a new one, why didn't they just use the old one? With Hughes revealing a lot of stuff during his commentary that simply isn't covered on the new edition, Ferris fans are now going to have to own both discs in order to get the full picture. Bit of a Bueller balls-up, if you ask us...