It’s weird to admit, but I don’t know who I would be without those two characters. Like all adolescents, I was searching for my identity, and those guys showed up at just the right moment and made a huge impact on my life.
I saw Ferris Bueller’s Day Off several times in the theater when it came out in 1986. Ferris was everything I wanted to be: cool, confident, nonchalant, easygoing, and hilarious. The quote that has stuck in my mind for 23 years is: “You can’t respect someone who kisses your ass.” Hearing that was like a bomb going off in my head. It changed my entire outlook toward the world. I realize that sounds like hyperbole, but emotions are big when you’re 15. And John Hughes understood that more than any other adult.