Ferris Bueller's Day Off is a 1986 coming of age comedy film written and directed by John Hughes.
The film follows two high school seniors, one popular, one clinically depressed, and the popular guy's girlfriend as they play hooky from school and explore Chicago.
"Fight Club" Theory
The Gist of It
The "Fight Club" theory about Ferris Bueller's Day Off states that Ferris Bueller is just a figment of Cameron's imagination, like Tyler Durden to the narrator of Fight Club, and Sloane is a girl Cameron secretly loves but hasn't ever interacted with before.
One day while he’s lying sick in bed, Cameron lets “Ferris” steal his father’s car and take the day off, and as Cameron wanders around the city, all of his interactions with Ferris and Sloane, and all the impossible hijinks, are all just played out in his head. This is part of the reason why the “three” characters can see so much of Chicago in less than one day — Cameron is alone, just imagining it all.
It isn’t until he destroys the front of the car in a fugue state does he finally get a grip and decide to confront his father, after which he imagines a final, impossible escape for Ferris and a storybook happy ending for Sloane (”He’s gonna marry me!”), the girl that Cameron knows he can never have.
- There are "save Ferris" messages all over the city. This represents how Cameron wishes someone would care about him and also helps the idea that the film is merely a fantasy.
- Cameron's father is controlling and he has a very unhappy home life, so creating popular, outgoing friends would help to make his existance happier.
- The ending fates of Ferris and Sloane resemble that from a storybook. Sloan is happy and Ferris narrowly gets back home. This wraps up the story arc of his friends.
- Cameron trashes the car in his fantasy and realizes that he has to stand up to his father. He then blows off his imaginary friends who offer to take the blame to prevent him from facing his fears, since he doesn't need these imaginary friends anymore. It is unknown if he actually trashes the car.
- It explains how they are able to see the entire city in a short day. Cameron is imagining it all.
- Sloane is most likely based on a girl he has a crush on.
- Ferris is most likely based on a popular classmate, whom he aspires to be like. This allows him to imagine what it would be like to have popular friends.