What parents need to know

Parents need to know that this movie has surprising amounts of "bad" (listing toward inappropriate) language and thus isn't for younger kids. Also, it's about skipping school. So you might want to get a word in about not trying this at home. Ferris lies, shows off, and steals a car. It's a little disconcerting that he never faces any consequences -- even Bart Simpson usually has to take responsibility. Mostly, the movie glorifies defiance of authority. Sure, it's a little edgy, but teens can handle it.
  • Families can talk about how people defy authority. Do your kids understand the difference between Ferris's fantasy presentation and what would really happen if they did what he did?
  • The filmmakers justify the hero's attitude as a healthy response to self-centered, dumb, and materialistic adults. Do you agree?
  • A good question would be whether the carefree Ferris is going to be any better when he grows up. If he grows up.
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