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Ferris Bueller’s midlife day off (#whatwouldferrisdo)

On Thursday, a graying Matthew Broderick, dressed in a bathrobe, throws open the curtains, smells the fresh air and wonders, “How can I handle work on a day like today?”


The line, of course, pays homage to the famous words once uttered by one of Broderick’s best-known characters, Ferris Bueller. The 15-second clip is a teaser for an ad that’s expected to air during the Super Bowl, but it’s set off a flurry of longing for a Ferris Bueller sequel.

Everyone wants to revisit Bueller’s epic day of playing hooky with its wild Ferrari rides, a show-stopping lip-synched performance of “Twist and Shout” and a fancy lunch under the borrowed alias of the sausage king of Chicago.

In the clip, we discover little about modern-day Ferris. It looks like he’s in a fancy hotel room of some kind, but beyond that, it’s anybody’s guess. Maybe he’s wealthy and can now afford a Ferrari of his own. Maybe he and Sloan have settled down and have a family in the suburbs. One thing is for sure: A sunny day is reason enough to skip out on doing work. So how would grown-up Bueller... Bueller... Bueller.... spend the day off? What would Ferris do?

Respond in the comments or send a tweet us with the hashtag #whatwouldferrisdo.

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Brandon Weigel is an editor for Baltimore City Paper and an alumnus of The Washington Post's Going Out Guide.


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