Save Ferris? The critics call for his head

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August

Ferrishaters The idea of a Ferris Bueller sequel seems to be offending movie critics worldwide. Despite a largely positive response on this blog to the news that screenwriter Rick Rapier has penned "Ferris Bueller 2: Another Day Off," movie bloggers seem largely offended. (Click here to read a full scene from the script)

It makes you wonder: Who's more out of touch with what movie fans want -- Hollywood executives or media critics? (For the record, I sure hope it's only Hollywood.)

Here are some examples of their reactions:

  • "Do we really want to see a sequel to Ferris Bueller's Day Off?" (Whitney Matheson, Pop Candy, USA Today)
  • "Hughes has never directed a script he didn't write, and I strongly doubt he'd start by helming some random dude's take on one of his most beloved characters." (Mediahollywood.com)
  • "Look, I loved the original Ferris. And I suppose there's something like a 1-in-100 chance that a sequel could be done right. But the other 99 are dreck like Dumb and Dumberer and Blues Brothers 2000. I'm not eager to take that chance."  (Beggingthequestion.com)
  • "In case you hadn't worked it out yet, this Ferris Bueller 2 script is nothing but fan fiction. I have more chance of getting my imaginary Sixth Sense sequel Gravity off of the ground, and I only just invented it." (Film Ick)
  • "Even Abe Froman thinks this is a bad idea." (MTV movie blog)
  • "Some schmuck in Arizona named Rick Napier [sic] has written a script for a sequel to Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, and is “shopping it around” Hollywood. Somehow it made it to another schmuck in Tampa, who posted it on his Stuck in the 80s blog, and is singing its praises. ... If this thing actually gets made, I’m gonna quit my job, and start writing screenplays for all the dumbass ideas I’ve come up with while drinking heavily in a bar at 1:30am." (Jack Matador, Denver Post)

I really loved the last comment, since the same guy who calls me a schmuck is the same guy who repeatedly spells Rapier's last name wrong (even though he cut and pasted it corrected in the portion of my blog item he quotes.) Aside from the fact that we disagree on Ferris, I love Jack's in-your-face style of writing. I think he and I could be pals, so long as there's a designated driver involved.

[Last modified: Wednesday, June 8, 2011 10:10am]

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