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Ferris Bueller Fight Club Theory
kingofsnake at 11:47AM, Jan. 11, 2010
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Has anyone else heard of this? I just read about it today but apparently it's been around for a while.

Basically it proposes that a meek under-the-weather Cameron, with his terrible home life, invented Ferris Bueller as an imaginary friend/split personality that could fulfill the real-life infatuation he had with it-girl Sloane.

Ferris is a stark mirror to Cameron of everything he can't be and everything he wishes he was. He builds him to compensate for his overall neglect.

Cameron is always talking to himself, while Ferris is always talking to the camera
Cameron's problems are real, Ferris's problems are sitcom shenanigans

Ferris Bueller=Tyler Durden
Mind=Blown
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ozoneocean at 12:05PM, Jan. 11, 2010
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That is Awesome man.
I will watch Ferris Beuler's day of with new insight now.

…sort of like I did when I learned that the guy who plays the principal likes child porn. -_-
But better!
 
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kingofsnake at 1:34PM, Jan. 11, 2010
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Whats kinda weird is that, yesterday, before I'd heard of this theory, I was watching Die Hard and thinking “What if there are no terrorists, and John McClain, in a ego-maniacal fantasy spurred by his feelings of inferiority in is slowly crumbling marriage, imagined the whole Nakatomi Plaza incident and has actually become a madman on a killing spree, who is actually dispatching the party goers. The part of Hans Gruber is actually just a office worker named Bill Clay.”

Granted it doesn't hang together as well as The Ferris Bueller Fight Club theory, but the concept of the idea is pretty interesting.
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lothar at 8:03PM, Jan. 11, 2010
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im tottaly gunna go rent that now !
wondering what other movies can be fight clubbed
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Dark Pascual at 6:41AM, Jan. 12, 2010
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That reminds me of the theory that Fight Club's Narrator is Calvin, and Tyler Durden Is Hobbes.
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lothar at 6:59PM, Jan. 12, 2010
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i was thinking how its sort of impossible for ferris to be imaginary. because doesnt the whole school know about him. and then does that mean ben steins char is also halucinating “ bueller ……….. bueller ….” am i rite ??
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mlai at 4:42AM, Jan. 13, 2010
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It is impossible. Because everybody sees Ferris Bueller. Stupid theory for anybody who even remotely remembers scenes from the movie.

FIGHT current chapter: Filling In The Gaps
FIGHT_2 current chapter: Light Years of Gold
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ozoneocean at 6:25AM, Jan. 13, 2010
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I think you guys are missing something- Objective vs subjective reality.

If Bueller is Cameron's delusion, then everything that references him in his world is also part of the same delusion. ALL the action, environment, narrative etc is part of Cameron's subjective reality, even when he isn't in the scene. because it's what he imagines is happening. In the Objective reality the things referencing Bueller would not exist and the situations happening to Bueller away from Cameron either would not exist, or would really be happening to Cameron (thinking of himself as Bueller).

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It's a fun idea and I think it can hold up pretty well :)
 
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kingofsnake at 7:33AM, Jan. 13, 2010
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The only things that actually happen are the scenes with Cameron, Sloane, and Ferris when they're about town in Chicago, and in those scenes Ferris exists the same way Tyler existed, as a flip side to the coin that is Cameron. Everything that takes place with Ferris's family is Cameron's delusion. We don't actually see anything about Cameron's family or Cameron's school life, because he's substituted Ferris's fantasy life to compensate.

My question now is, what does the ending mean. Some people said that when Cameron wrecked the car and decided to take responsibility for it he was able to dismiss the splinter personality that was Ferris Bueller. But the the end of the movie is Ferris returning to his impossibly perfect family with an impossibly perfect happy ending, doesn't that imply that he's sunk deeper into the delusion?

It'd be like if when Fight Club ended Brad Pitt was watching the buildings collapse with Marla instead of Edward Norton. As if although Edward Norton was the one to perform the self sacrificing act, the one to benefit from it was Pitt, and Norton was the one who actually died.

Oh…. and spoilers alert, I guess :)
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Product Placement at 7:52AM, Jan. 13, 2010
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It's been a good long while since I saw Ferris Bueller so I don't remember the scenes in great details.

But regarding the “everybody can see Ferris” comment, I must say this: Everybody could also see Tyler Durden in fight club. It just happened to be Jack that these people were interacting with, believing that he was Tyler. Whenever both of them were present, Tyler became the center of the attention and Jack was always in the background watching. Jack only talked to Tyler and nobody else during those scenes.

If the scenes where both Ferris and Cameron are present play out in a similar way, then this theory holds some ground. However, I can't remember the movie well enough to comment on that any further.
Those were my two cents.
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ozoneocean at 8:52AM, Jan. 13, 2010
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kingofsnake
My question now is, what does the ending mean. Some people said that when Cameron wrecked the car and decided to take responsibility for it he was able to dismiss the splinter personality that was Ferris Bueller. But the the end of the movie is Ferris returning to his impossibly perfect family with an impossibly perfect happy ending, doesn't that imply that he's sunk deeper into the delusion?
Why not think of it like:

Cameron wrecks the car and decides to take responsibility for it. He's then able to dismiss the splinter personality that was Ferris Bueller- as his way of ending the Ferris Bueller personality he gives him a nice pat all-threads-tied-up finale :)
 
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kingofsnake at 2:21PM, Jan. 13, 2010
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You are a far more optimistic fellow than I, OO
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lothar at 4:19PM, Jan. 13, 2010
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hahaahahahah ! sounds like none of us have seen this movie in a while. i know its been like over 10 years since i watched it
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elektro at 10:26PM, Jan. 13, 2010
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I prefer the Calvin and Hobbes Fight Club theory myself:

http://www.metaphilm.com/philm.php?id=29_0_2_0
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