Ferris Bueller’s Day Off Movie Review (1986) Starring Matthew Broderick

Ferris buellers day off

Ferris Bueller’s Day Off is probably the #1 80’s movie we’d both recommend. Still funny with lots of heart and we picked up on so many new aspects we overlooked in all our prior viewings.

SPOILER ALERT!  Watch the movie before proceeding.

Lessons Learned from Ferris Bueller’s Day Off

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Dusty: “Life moves pretty fast. If you don’t stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it.”

  • There’s no better life lesson than this one.

Sky: Keep your nose in your own business.

  • When you worry about what others do, like Jeanie (Jennifer Grey) does with Ferris, it only causes bitterness and envy.

Shake it up, baby!

Dusty: You can never go too far.

  • Be a rule breaker and take it to the limit. That’s what Ferris did and look at the incredible day he and his friends had.

Sky: You must say “no” to stay sane.

  • “No” allows you to skip out on all the crappy things in life: funerals, boring dinner parties and having your dad’s prize Ferrari destroyed.

Cameron wanted Ferris to take out the car, even if he didn’t know it.

Dusty: Never love a possession.

  • Cameron’s dad loves the car more than his family, and it causes heartache and resentment all around.

Sky:  Know your audience.

  • When you’re trying to communicate an idea or get somebody to go along with you, know who you’re talking to. Ferris could always get Cameron (Alan Ruck) to follow along, but there’s no way those high school students were retaining anything those teachers were speaking on.

Dean Rooney, a man you love to hate.

 

Rotten Tomatoes scores:

  • The Audience: 92%
  • The Critics: 80%

Grades:

  • A+ from Sky
  • A+ from Dusty

Check out the IMDB page for more info.

Check out last week’s episode on Coming to America.

Coming to America Review of the Movie with Eddie Murphy (1988)

Coming to America is still a great fish-out-of-water comedy. Eddie Murphy and Arsenio Hall are a perfect comedic duo and we loved their multiple characters (especially Randy Watson of Sexual Chocolate and Reverend Brown).

SPOILER ALERT!  Watch the movie before proceeding.

Lessons Learned from Coming to America

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Dusty: Get In Good with the father or best friend (as Hitch would say).

  • They aren’t the ultimate decision maker, but they could positively influence your love’s feelings for you.

Sky: Don’t judge a place by its name.

  • Queens… real crap whole (apparently). Hawaiian Gardens in LA… crap hole for sure.

We loved Akeem’s ever-positive and wise nature (played perfectly by Eddie Murphy).

Eddie Murphy as Prince Akeem in Coming to America

Dusty: Don’t go to bars to find a good woman.

  • Good call here. Find wholesome women like at bowling alleys, church and Whole Foods.

Sky: Don’t pop the question unless you know she’ll say yes.

  • Don’t be a dumb-ass like Daryl and try to sneak the engagement in via Mr. McDowell.

Let us know in the comments below if you met your soul mate in a bar. Maybe someone like this…

Arsenio Hall playing "Extremely Ugly Girl" in Coming to America

Dusty: Your first reaction is usually the correct one.

  • Your natural reaction speaks to how you really feel about something.

Sky: It’s good to be the king. 

  • King Jaffe Joffer can change the traditions if he wants. “Who am I to change it?” C’mon buddy, you da king! You can do what you want.

Man, we love King Joffe Joffer’s lion stole (played by the legendary James Earl Jones)

James Earl Jones looking especially regal with a lion stole in Coming to America

 

Rotten Tomatoes scores:

  • The Audience: 85%
  • The Critics: 67%

Grades:

  • A from Sky
  • A+ from Dusty

Check out the IMDB page for more info.

Check out last week’s episode on Kingsman: The Secret Service.

Kingsman Movie Review The Secret Service (2014)

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Kingsman: The Secret Service is an awesomely fresh take on the spy genre. Firth, Egerton and Strong knocked it out of the park, as did the incredible fight scenes, cinematic visuals and fun soundtrack.

How many Kingsman movies are there?

Two so far, but we’re looking forward to the upcoming prequel, The King’s Man. The first two movies are Kingsman: The Secret Service and the sequel, Kingsman: The Golden Circle.

SPOILER ALERT!  Watch the movie before proceeding.

Lessons Learned from Kingsman: The Secret Service

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Dusty & Sky: “True nobility is being superior to your former self.”

  • We loved this line from Galahad (Colin Firth). Always work to be 1% better every day.

Firth killed it (and everyone else) in our favorite scene.

Dusty: Lock the door so they cannot leave when you fight.

  • This great scene reminder Dusty of another of his favorite movies, A Bronx Tale.

Sky: If it’s too good to be true, it is.

  • Valentine giving free access… there’s a catch, right? A billionaire giving away free stuff?  Nah, nothing nefarious here.

Eggsy (Egerton) picking up where his mentor left off. Time to wack some wankers. Lock the doors!

Dusty: Never steal a car.

  • It’s not worth the trouble for a few minutes of joy riding fun.

Sky: Don’t let anybody put digital anything in your body.

  • Are you friggin’ kidding me?!

Mark Strong as Merlin was fantastic (the rest were pretty cool, too)

 

Rotten Tomatoes scores:

  • The Audience: 84%
  • The Critics: 74%

Grades:

  • A+ from Sky
  • A from Dusty

Check out the IMDB page for more info.

Check out last week’s episode on Groundhog Day.

Groundhog Day (1993) | Spoiler Review and Lessons Learned

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Groundhog Day is a 90’s romantic comedy classic, and it’s one of Bill Murray’s most memorable roles. The supporting cast was perfect and it’s still fun watching Murray trying to make the best of a terrible situation (and eventually succeeding).

SPOILER ALERT!  Watch the movie before proceeding.

Lessons Learned from Groundhog Day

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Dusty: The end goal should be to serve other people and make others lives better. 

  • Serving yourself only, like Phil, doesn’t endear you to those around you.

Sky: Be aware of how others view you.

  • Everyone’s making fun of Phil behind his back (Larry: “Did he call himself the talent?”) and he has no idea people dislike him. How you are viewed by those around you is your own fault.

Bill Murray perfectly played a jerky weatherman in Phil Connors, and Andie MacDowell (as Rita) was a great love interest.

Dusty: Everyone hates self-centered people.

  • No wonder Phil is disliked by all his coworkers. It was great seeing his character develop through these 10+ years of endlessly repeating the same day.

Sky: Attitude is everything. 

  • When Rita told him, “Depends on how you look at it.” He realized that he was looking at this situation all wrong. This flipped a switch in his mind and he went from uncaring Phil to “let’s do some good” Phil.

Stephen Tobolowsky played Ned “Needlenose” Ryerson, a fun and memorable character.

Dusty: Become a piano mover so my kids can be awesome at piano.

  • Yep, osmosis works, people!

Sky: Try to be in-the-moment and you’ll enjoy life more.

  • Don’t think about the future or the past or about the unchangeable predicament you find yourself in.

Dusty’s favorite scene. “Don’t drive angry.”

 

Rotten Tomatoes scores:

  • The Audience: 88%
  • The Critics: 96%

Grades:

  • A from Sky
  • A+ from Dusty

Check out the IMDB page for more info.

Check out last week’s episode on Aquaman.

One Cut of the Dead Movie Review – Incredible Japanese Horror-Comedy

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One Cut of the Dead split the two of us in half. Dusty, not so much a fan. Me, Sky, absolutely loved it! The first act is weird, but acts two and three pay-off the entire story like none other.

SPOILER ALERT!  Watch the movie before proceeding.

Lessons Learned from One Cut of the Dead

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Sky: Improvise, adapt and overcome. 

  • They were beset by so many challenges but ingenuity and an attitude of “it can be done” had them succeed in the end. The producer was about to throw in the towel but daughter Mao improvised, asserted herself and the show went on. The Director and his wife took over two parts and killed it.

Dusty: Never listen to Sky’s movie recommendations.

  • That’s one opinion. And you know what they say about opinions…

What a weird first act, but it’s paid off later!

Sky: Always be ready because today might be your time to shine.

  • The camera assistant was able to take over and did a great job because she knew the job. Also, the Director and Nao knew the script and everyone’s roles, so they could take over as well.

Dusty: Perseverance is critical to getting the job done.

  • When beset by challenges, like this team was, you have to overcome one challenge at a time on your way to success.

Action!

Sky: Constraints or restrictions force you to get creative.

  • They were given just two hours prior to showtime to make it work, and they did it. They were forced to get creative and use the resources on hand. Happy, successful ending.

Dusty: Influence others by showing them the benefit they’ll receive from doing what you want them to.

  • The Director convinced Ko, the love interest-turned-zombie, to continue with the show by telling him this is his show and it’s all about him.

Fun interplay between the “director”, “actors” and “zombies”.

 

Rotten Tomatoes scores:

  • The Audience: 83%
  • The Critics: 100%

Grades:

  • A+ from Sky
  • Z from Dusty (bringing shame to the Matsuhashi family)

Check out the IMDB page for more info.

Check out last week’s episode on Fantasy Island.

Fantasy Island 2020 Review

Fantasy Island is a fun, not-really-horror movie. Fun actors playing relatable characters with a crazy story in a beautiful island setting… and Chastity! What’s not to love?

SPOILER ALERT!  Watch the movie before proceeding.

Lessons Learned from Fantasy Island

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Sky: What goes around comes around.

  • Don’t be surprised when the school girl you picked on comes back for revenge.

Dusty: Don’t turn your back on danger.

  • Never leave the room when the stove is on, when your baby is in the bathtub, or turn your back when little kids are swimming.

A beautiful island, but we’ll never be guests here.

Dusty: Always carry a weapon.

  • Sloan was kidnapped and on the run, but she didn’t even try to pickup a rock or a stick to use as a weapon.

Sky: Regret is a disease.

  • Living in the past robs you of enjoying the now. Gwen (Maggie Q) missed out on a lovely family due to the guilt she felt over Nick’s death.

Great torture scene with Melanie (Lucy Hale) choosing instead to save Sloan (Portia Doubleday).

Dusty: If at all possible, keep yourself safe while fighting. Live to fight another day.

  • Michael Rooker’s Damon crash tackled Dr. Torture off the cliff instead of try to kick him off the ledge.

Sky: Never separate.

  • When in caves and being chased by baddies, there’s power in numbers. Separating is the last thing you want to do. And pickup a weapon!

Michael Rooker was under-utilized.

 

Rotten Tomatoes scores:

  • The Audience: 47%
  • The Critics: 10%

Grades:

  • B+ from Sky
  • B- from Dusty

Check out the IMDB page for more info.

Check out last week’s episode on Aquaman (2018).

Aquaman (2018) | Spoiler Review and Lessons Learned

aquaman

Wow!  Aquaman was spot on a great movie!  Fingers crossed for more DC greatness to come. Good action, cool special effects, nice acting and a great story that progressed nicely.

Updated 2.8.20: We re-released this as episode #87 in anticipation of DC’s Birds of Prey.

Lessons Learned from Aquaman

Sky: Stressful situations are opportunities for growth.

  • Arthur’s powers grew when he was being bullied in the aquarium.

Dusty: Arrogance and pride will be your downfall.

  • Just like General Cornwallace in The Patriot: pride is a weakness that can cause your downfall.  Here, Arthur (Jason Momoa) thought he could easily defeat his younger brother King Orm (Patrick Wilson).
Jason Momoa and Amber Heard (Mera)

Sky: Heroes create their own villains.

  • Arthur created the Black Manta (Yahya Abdul-Mateen II) by not helping him save his father.

How does he fight with such a huge head?

Dusty: Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.

  • Aquaman would want to be saved, so that’s good enough reason to save the father and at least turn him in to the authorities.

Sky: Don’t dismiss your impact on the environment.

  • The Atlanteans got fed up with humans dirtying up the oceans. Remember ‘The Happening’ when mother nature got fed up with humans and the trees started causing us to commit suicide? Yep, it can happen.

Dusty: Learn from your mistakes.

  • DC is learning from theirs and making better movies now.  Hopefully, the trend will continue.

Let us know what you think of the movie or any lessons you learned that we missed by commenting below.  Or, you can visit out Watch and Learn Facebook Page and comment there.

Learn more about this movie from IMDB.

On Rotten Tomatoes the audience has it at 80% (matching Sky’s score) but the critics are off the mark again at 60%.  At least it’s fresh.

Sky has chosen Galaxy Quest as the next movie we’ll learn from.

If you missed it, last week we discussed Bumblebee.

Ghostbusters (1984) Movie Review – A+ and Must Watch!

Ghostbusters Movie Review

Ghostbusters holds up today and is just as funny and exciting as ever. Take it from two guys who’ve seen it dozens of times.

SPOILER ALERT!  Watch the movie before proceeding.

Lessons Learned from Ghostbusters

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Dusty: Always have your poker face on when buying a firehouse or anything for that matter.

  • You can’t let them know how much in love with something you are before putting an offer down.

Sky: “Ray, when someone asks you if you’re a god, you say ‘YES’!”

  • Truer words were never spoken.

Who you gonna call? We love the original gang (Ramis, Hudson, Murray and Aykroyd).

Dusty: Persistence always gets the girl.

  • Dana Barrett (Sigourney Weaver)

Sky: Persistence pays off. 

  • Ray and Egon were really into the spirit realm and they ended up saving NY and maybe the world with their arcane knowledge. Also, Dan Aykroyd grew up with a family really into the arcane and it ended up paying off with this blockbuster movie.

Walter Peck (William Atherton) making a huge “Monday Morning Quarterback” mistake.

Dusty: Keep your keys on you when you leave the house with an automatic lock on your door.

  • Don’t pull a Louis Tully (Rick Moranis) and lock yourself out of your own apartment. And if it happens once, you’d better learn from it and NOT repeat that mistake.

Sky: Always look before you leap (or shoot).

  • They almost killed that maid in the hallway when they were on the hunt for Slimer.

That’s how they did that!

 

Rotten Tomatoes scores:

  • The Audience: 88%
  • The Critics: 97%

Grades:

  • A+ from Sky
  • A+ from Dusty

Check out the IMDB page for more info.

Check out last week’s episode on The Gentlemen.

The Gentlemen Movie Review and Lessons We Learned

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The Gentlemen was great… highly recommended. We both gave it an “A” and it’s very reminiscent (in all the good ways) of Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels and Snatch. Guy Richie respects his audience, and we love him for that.

SPOILER ALERT!  Watch the movie before proceeding.

Lessons Learned from The Gentlemen

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Dusty: Use deductive reasoning to find out who knows things.  

  • Mickey showing Matthew (played by Jeremy Strong) one of this marijuana grows made it pretty obvious he was the one who put the raid in place.

Sky: Always scope the car before you get in.

  • We’ve seen it a million times, other gangsters and zombies get you in your car when you don’t expect it.

Great performances by Matthew McConaughey (Mikey Person) and Charlie Hunnum (Ray).

Dusty: Own up to your mistakes as the leader.

  • Coach is the epitome of a great leader who takes responsibility for those in his charge.

Sky: Do not get in bed with criminals. 

  • Coach wanted to just run a gym, but he protected his boys and for his troubles, was forced into 4 unsavory acts.

Coach (Colin Farrell) was probably the closest to a “gentleman” we got in this movie. We loved the respect he had from his boys.

Dusty: Never blackmail a drug dealer.

  • They have no problems with killing people, you just put yourself next on their, Fletcher (played by Hugh Grant).

Sky: If involved in criminal activities, hire a body guard for your wife.

  • The competition always tries to get to you through your family, so protect them.

They can get to you through your wife, Mickey! Where’s Rosalind’s bodyguard? (played by Michelle Dockery)

 

Rotten Tomatoes scores:

  • The Audience: 84%
  • The Critics: 72%

Grades:

  • A from Sky
  • A from Dusty

Check out the IMDB page for more info.

Check out last week’s episode on Bad Boys for Life.

Bad Boys for Life

bad boys for life

Bad Boys for Life was fun, but the cliched action and story, along with a few annoying fake-outs, don’t have us recommending this one (unless you’re already a Bad Boys fan).

SPOILER ALERT!  Watch the movie before proceeding.

Lessons Learned from Bad Boys For Life

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Dusty: Listen to the people around you.

  • They have another perspective that you should consider.

Sky: Make smart mating decisions. 

  • Don’t screw a witch or a warlock, and don’t make it with a demon or a succubus. Mike made a huge mistake that came back to bite him.

The Bad Boys are back! Detectives Mike Lowrey (Will Smith) and Marcus Burnett (Martin Lawrence) .

Dusty: Never take rubber bullets to a gun fight.

  • What the?! You’re dealing with criminals who have no compunction of shooting you dead.

Sky: Don’t let hate and anger cloud your judgement.

  • Marcus hit the nail on the head when he told Mike he was filling those bullet holes with hate and that was leading him down the wrong path. The witch (Isabel Aretas, played by Kate del Castillo) allowed her anger lead to mistakes and her own death.

What a lovely racially and gender-iffically diverse team AMMO is.

Dusty: Always keep a grenade launcher in the boot of your ride.

  • You never know when you’ll need one.

Sky: Always have an escape plan.

  • You can imagine a criminal like Zway-lo (played by Nicky Jam) always know how to get out of there should a rival gang or the cops crash the party.

What a gun!

 

Rotten Tomatoes scores:

  • The Audience: 97%
  • The Critics: 75%

Grades:

  • D+ from Sky and Dusty

Check out the IMDB page for more info.

Check out last week’s episode on 1917.