What parents need to know

Parents need to know that this movie has surprising amounts of profanity (including "f--k" and "s--t") 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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