Why do people like Ferris Bueller?
I'm not asking why people like Ferris Bueller's Day Off. That's a discussion for another day.
I want to know why people like - or think they like - Ferris Bueller, the character.
There's some kind of insidious genius to the film in that it seems to convince people that the would be, could be, should be Ferris.
But really, most of us are Jeanies and Mr. Rooneys, and that's not a bad thing. We're the ones who actually make the world run.
Ferris is a worthless piece of crap. He's that friendly guy who sits next to you doesn't do his work or does it half-ass and makes way too big a deal of his smallest triumphs while the decent people sit quietly and do what needs to get done. He gets promotions or at least avoids getting fired by glad-handing everyone around him with his alleged charms.
I think people thinking they would be, could be, should be Ferris Bueller is a small part, but an intriguingly symbolic one, of what's wrong in this country today. There's no sense of community. It's all self-involved "look at me and how cute it is that I have no basic work ethic or interest in my community as a whole!" and not enough doing what needs to be done.