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Ferris Bueller's Day Off What's Up With the Title?

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What's Up With the Title?

So you slept through the whole movie, and now you have no idea what Ferris Bueller's Day Off is about. Let your pal Shmoop bring you up to speed. Ferris Bueller's Day Off is a movie about a guy named Ferris Bueller who takes a day off from school. Easy peasy, lemon squeezy.

Not quite. The title of the movie is a little bit misleading because it strongly suggests that Ferris is the film's main character, when Cameron is actually our main man. Why? He's the protagonist whom we watch come of age and learn to confront his daddy issues. Ferris may set the whole narrative in motion and act as a thoroughly mischievous mentor to his BFF Cameron, but the movie is really more about Cameron Frye's day off, if you ask us.

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