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

Listen to our episode on Ferris Bueller’s Day Off

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%


  • A+ from Sky
  • A+ from Dusty

Check out the IMDB page for more info.

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

Our Top 5 Defining Childhood Movies – Episode #20

We skip the lessons learned this week and instead discuss our individual top 5 defining childhood movies.  Interestingly, at least to us, our lists only overlapped on one movie… and it was our #1 choice!  Get ready for some fun ’80’s movie talk.

Sky’s #5: Return of the Living Dead (1985 – horror)

Dusty’s #5: Red Dawn (1984 – action)

Sky’s #4: The Last Starfighter (1984 – sci-fi)

Dusty’s #4: Predator (1987 – action)

Sky’s #3: The Transformers: The Movie (1986 – animated)

Dusty’s #3: Ghostbusters (1984 – comedy/sci-fi)

Sky’s #2: Spaceballs (1987 – comedy)

Dusty’s #2: Commando (1985 – action)

Sky & Dusty’s #1: The Goonies (1985 – action/adventure)

Let us know what you think of our list, and tell us your Top 5 Childhood defining movies.  We’d love to hear them, especially if they’re non-1980’s movies.  Just comment below or you can visit out Watch and Learn Facebook Page and comment there.

Dusty has chosen our #1 movie, The Goonies as the next movie we’ll learn from.

If you missed it, last week we discussed lessons learned from Bad Times at the El Royale.

Top Gun (1986, Tom Cruise, Val Kilmer) | Episode 17

Top Gun 1986 podcast review, reminiscence and lessons learned

Top Gun is a quintessential, must-see ’80’s movie.  We really enjoyed revisiting this and learning some great lessons.  We discussed ’80’s music, actors and of course… Hot Shots!

Lessons Learned from Top Gun

Never leave your wingman.

  • You’ve got each other’s backs and your lives in each other’s hands.  There’s got to be absolute trust there for everyone to come home safely.

Follow orders. Military, work, wife… follow orders.

  • If they have more knowledge than you, a wider perspective or more information than you, do what they say.

Val Kilmer and Tom Cruise

Don’t live your life dangerous and foolish.

  • It’s good to think outside the box and test boundaries, but you need to do things sensibly.

Personal hygiene is important. Nobody likes a stinky person.

  • Keep yourself clean.  Clean = smells nice = have friends.
Cruise and McGillis: yep, she’s taller

Talent can only take you so far. Hard work, dedication, and perseverance is required to be great.

  • Even those without much talent can compete if they put forth more effort than the talented ones.

Let go of your ego, it can ruin you. You make others shine, you shine as well.

  • Supporting your team leads to everyone’s success.  “There’s no “I” in “team””.

Check out the Top Gun trailer:

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.

Wow, another classic movie where the critics scored it way lower than the audience on Rotten Tomatoes.  Critics at 54% and audience at 83%?  We’re on the audience’s side.

Dusty has chosen Venom as the next movie we’ll learn from.

If you missed it, last week we discussed lessons learned from Peppermint.

Predator (1987, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Carl Weathers) | Episode 14

Predator movie review

Predator can do no wrong in our eyes.  We love this height-of-80’s-action movie.  It does not get better than this.

Lessons Learned from 1987’s Predator

When you are in a fight, competition, poker, don’t tip-off your opponent that you have a trick up your sleeve by changing your actions.

  • Dutch (Arnold Schwarzenegger) tipped off the Predator to the trap he set for him.

Chew makes you a sexual tyrannosaurus.

  • See, you can learn from Jesse “The Body” Ventura.

:55 The Making of Predator

Being expendable is never a good thing.

  • According to Dillon (Carl Weathers), Dutch’s team is called in for the mission because they’re expendable.

Sometimes you can’t run and you’ve just got to make a stand.

  • Dutch realized there’s no way the team was going to “get to the chopper” and they used their trap making skills in an effort to make a stand against the Predator.

tipping off your hand

Always be ready to adapt to every situation to give you an advantage and be smart to watch for things you can exploit in your opponent.

  • Dutch realized that the Predator couldn’t see him when he was covered in mud and used this to his advantage.

You can shave without shaving cream.

  • Sky and Dusty both follow Mac’s (Bill Duke) lead and both shave without shaving cream.

Never take your eyes off your target.

  • Mac and Dillon screwed up by losing sight of the Predator and trying to flank a creature that blends into the background.

Learn more about this movie from IMDB.

87% fans, critics at 80%.  Well, I guess not all critics are terrible on Rotten Tomatoes.

Sky has chosen The Predator as the next movie we’ll learn from.

If you missed it, last week we discussed lessons learned from Crazy Rich Asians.