Renegade Cut - Cameron's Day Off

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  • Brandan
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    When I first saw this theory it blew my mind...like, when I realized Bruce Willis was dead the whole time kind of thing.
  • illpropaganda
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    "maybe it's a secret metaphor for how Cameron wants to grow up to be Inspector Gadget."

    Read this theory on Cracked years ago, never much cared for it. It takes scenes that were purposely over done and tries to bring logic into them.

    The "Chewbacca and R2-D2 Are Secret Rebel Agents" theory, now that's one to consider...
  • xenxander
    This is the first time I've heard of this 'fan theory'.

    I have to say it's interesting and viewing the movie with this in mind makes the movie deeper.

    If this movie were to be remade, this fan theory should be the actual plot, and the movie wouldn't be simply called "Ferris Beuler's Day off", it would have a different title all together, but the plot would be similar, just with this angle.

    Though with the crap thrown out of Hollywood lately, I doubt something this good will happen.
  • TheBechtloff
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    Wow, that fan theory takes this movie from an overrated piece of crap to a pretty interesting movie.
  • Overlookers
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    Finally!! The Ferris Bueller fan theory. I love the outro, Leon this is your best vid yet
  • Fantagonist
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    I've heard of this theory before, but you really put it nicely, thank you. I also liked how you discussed the jersey, which also makes very little sense in the movie's world.

    http:// bulldogvintage.blogspot.f i/2009/06/why-hell-did- cameron-wear-gordie- howe.html
  • dougfranckwolf  - Another thing I noticed
    I had never heard of this theory before, but now that I watched this video, it made me remember something else about the end of the movie that always bugged me but never made sense before. In that final Cameron scene when he faces his fears and destroys the car, his tshirt, the one with the medical insignia, is inside out. Perhaps saying he doesnt need the medical help anymore, he has set himself on the path to correcting his life.
  • HungryHippo  - After watching this, I actually believe it less
    A lot of what you point out in the video is a stretch at best (ex. HOWE = HOW? And even if that's the case, it really doesn't indicate any deeper meaning.) Cameron is most likely looking focused at the painting because Seurat was famous for using pointillism, a technique of painting using small dots (hence the zoom in.) Finally, you stated "if this film were arranged a little bit differently, the melancholy would be impossible to ignore." Well, that's why it's called editing. You arrange the scenes to convey your story. That's like saying "If I move around some of the pages in this book, it means something else!" Well duh.
  • Epockismet  - It's not to be believed, just to be believable
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    At the very least, anyone who's taken any kind of film course would be hard pressed not to experiment mentally with the idea of; what if the theory were true? Since almost nothing is done in any art medium without a reason, what would seem a stretch to the casual viewer would make someone with knowledge of film take a second look. Especially since almost every film has at least one Easter egg in it, for reasons known only to the movie maker, and anyone knowledgeable or clever enough to see it.
    To put it simply, it's a thought experiment. Thoughts don't have to be truth to be entertaining, which is why this theory is so entertaining to so many fans of the movie. Plus the mind naturally wants to inject reason into the unreasonable, which is usually how it starts.
    Sit back and experiment, you might just enjoy the ride :)
  • ohe
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    You can't into metaphors.

    The movie in it's final state doesn't steer clear of the melancholy, it juuuuuust misses it being absolutely evident, a tragic story with no grain of doubt about whether or not it should be taken as a tragedy. Your lame book page example would stand to say that the movie is a comedy in the same way Crime and Punishment would be humorous for having two pages being comically misplaced in the printing, and you'd assume that's the author's intent.
  • Nostalgic Fan
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    or maybe it's just a fucking movie
  • Vismutti
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    That's not really the point. The point is how it's possible to interpret a movie in different ways, even ways that the makers didn't intend. And how it can make you see that movie in a completely different light. Which I think is cool and often also fun. And gives you a reason to watch old movies again even after you otherwise might have been done with that movie for good.
  • Me Wise Magic
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    Wow..that was quite the mind fuck right there; but in a good way. Very interesting theory. Love the movie; but I never looked at some of those details before.
  • Tervicz
    Mind...Blown. It does make sense! In fact, it makes more sense to me than the actual premise of the movie. Geez.... That's kind of a depressing thought. Unless, perhaps this was Cameron's mental journey towards reconciliation. Actually, even before I did notice near the end that Ferris and Cameron had a bit of a role reversal when the car went over the edge. In that scene, Ferris, the always calm confident guy was scared and paniky and Cameron stepped up as the calm confident guy. Almost as though there was a momentary persona swap... as though Cameron where beginning to reconcile himself, drawing Ferris strengths into himself and offloading his weaknesses into Ferris. Fascinating!
  • MavenCree
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    What about Mr Rooney and the dog and Jainie?
  • Leon Thomas
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    As I said, for the fan theory to work, one would have to accept that Cameron is imagining much more than his relationship with Ferris. He would have to imagine how others would react to Ferris like his principal, family, etc. That's why I never cared for the idea of this fan theory constantly being compared to Fight Club. It's broader than that.
  • Right0us_Man
    Great video man. I'm going to watch some more of your stuff
  • OtakuSoze  - An expansion on the caduceus symbol
    As mentioned in the video, the caduceus symbol on Cameron's shirt is associated with medicine and health. However, I can expand on how the symbol can also relate to Bueller's personality, as well as some themes mentioned in the video.

    The reason why the caduceus symbol is a well known symbol of medicine is because it is often mistaken for the Rod of Asclepius (represented by a snake twisted around a wooden rod); Asclepius being the Greek god of healing, rejuvenation, and medicine. On the other hand, the caduceus (represented with two snakes twisted around an often winged rod) is the symbol of Hermes, the messenger god of the Pantheon.

    However, Hermes is also known in some legends as a trickster god, as well as a patron of commerce, thieves, and liars, and a guide for the dead. As a result, the caduceus is more appropriately associated with commerce, theft, deception, and death.

    To me at least, this adds more evidence behind this fan theory.
  • Guild Navigator
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    There is a 1907 Spanish novel called "Niebla" (Mist) by Miguel de Unamuno (whose plot largely inspired the movie Stranger Than Fiction) that tells the story of a wealthy but very introverted young man called Augusto. This fellow is socially awkward and has a bleak view on life,describing it as "surrounded by mist". He's madly in love with a girl his age that rejects him because of his personality. In his misery,he becomes convinced that he is a character and his life is being manipulated by someone called Unamuno (meta!). Augusto speaks with this seemingly string-pulling God character and finds that he has the opposite life of the solitary existence that he has. In his desperation,Augusto curses Unamuno and resolves to kill himself. After his death,we never really find out if Unamuno was "real" (within the context of the story) or if it was just a figment of his imagination self-created as a sort of anti-Deus ex Machina for him to blame for all of his life's problems.

    So yeah,there are stories about people with trouble psyches that create these imaginary homunculi as a projection of who'd they like to or whom they'd love to hate. And this one certainly fits that bill. Maybe Ferris really is real and Cameron just loves to imagine the cool kid who hangs out with the guy most other students throw spitballs at.
  • Fyrsiel
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    I doubt that the intention of the movie was to state that Cameron was mentally ill, and that the intention is that it's really just supposed to be a ridiculous and silly movie, but that fan theory is a pretty good one. And I like it. xD

    Amazing how such a sad idea can be just under the surface of a comedy.
  • Viredae
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    The line between comedy and tragedy is always a thin one, comedy is nothing but tragedy in a context designed for us to laugh at.
  • starfall42
    I was going to bring up the pointillism -- the camera zooms in until there's no picture, just dots. You can probably wring all kinds of symbolism from that.

    Anyway, it's a cute theory, though probably not what Hughes had in mind. The over the top love of Ferris, not to mention Ferris talking to the audience, was just to be funny.

    I always thought the next day's Tribune would have a banner headline of "FERRIS RECOVERS" and a smaller story, "Man arrested for killing teen son" -- "He wrecked my car!"
  • Kyashu21
    I've heard that when Cameron is looking at the child, it is him relating to the child. But more he's relating to HOW the child is painted. The closer someone looks at the painting, the less they'll so of anything but dots of paint on canvas.

    In a way, that really works with this theory. The closer you look at the movie, the more everything looks like abstract splotches on the fabric of Cameron's mind. When you're just observing the movie without thinking too deeply about it (the correct way as I'm sure many people think), it's just Ferris and his friends having a day running around Chicago. But the closer you look, the less things appear to be what we're shown.
  • Dicrel Seijin
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    I didn't realize this is a thing. A couple of years ago, I remember watching a YouTube mash-up of "Ferris Bueller's Day Off" and "Fight Club" called "Ferris Club," but I didn't realize that it went beyond that to a fan theory.
  • PurpleLulu  - My thoughts on this movie.
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    I always thought that this movie was truly about the people around Ferris, and that's why Ferris is more like a fairy godmother than anything else. He gets Cameron to enjoy his life for a day, forcing him to see the city and take risks. His actions also forces his sister to go to extremes in attempts to catch him, forcing her to confront her anger.
    I thought it was like a small inspirational story, involving Cameron's decision to become more independent and fun-loving, and Ferris' sister's choice to forget about her brother and start focusing on her own life.
  • M_A_X  - These theories have to stop now!
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    All of these theories, like Pokemon is just Ash in a coma... all of them are the same thing. All of this stuff started when a TV show called St. Elsewhere couldn't come up with a good ending to their show, so they copped out by just panning out to an autistic kid holding a snow globe of the hospital in the last episode, implying that it was all made up, and you had just wasted 8 seasons worth of time for absolutely nothing.

    These things would not be good twists or good writing.

    Yes, they're freaking possible, but that's because they're cop outs. A cop out can be used for absolutely anything. I could take any single show or movie ever made and say it was all just a dream.

    Super Mario 2 does it a year later, but in Mario's defense, it was a good way to explain away him being in a completely different universe than before. Mario 2's ending actually pans out better than this theory because there was legitimate build up to the idea that something was not quite right.

    Do you know why your theory doesn't pan out? Because in reality, people who are douches don't always get their just deserts, and some people do always win, even when they're wrong. There's nothing wrong with that situation. It is reality. Yes, things are exaggerated in the movie, but the point stays the same. The point of satire AND comedy is to exaggerate.

    Here's a question. You say that Cameron can imagine an entire person, their family, and all of this, but he can't imagine what Ferris would sound like singing?

    Come on now, if Cameron is the God of his own mind, shouldn't he be able to do ANYTHING? He made Ferris, he's imagining all this, why can't he imagine a singing voice?

    Or Cameron could be focusing on the painting and simply admiring the beauty of the art itself. The way that the camera pans in more and more until it's him analyzing every pixel should have clued you in that he's not focusing on the girl, but on a single spot.

    You are saying that Ferris Bueler, an imaginary character, in an imaginary world, should sound like the actor playing him when he sings? Who defines those rules? How do you know that in the Ferris Bueler universe, he doesn't sound like Wayne Newton when he sings? How do you even know that Wayne Newton even exists in the Ferris Bueler world?

    See? The problem with these theories is that you only see the things you want to see, and you disregard completely blatant facts in the process. It's not a theory unless you take ALL the facts and possibilities into account. Instead, this "theory" just disregards facts, and assumes that just because this movie world looks like ours, that it has to rely on the same rules as ours.
  • Leon Thomas
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    Fan theories are mental exercises and methods in which to watch a film differently. I will not be removing them from Renegade Cut. If their very existence bothers you for some reason, I would suggest watching something else. They are not going anywhere.
  • DeTroutSpinners
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    You are right of course, just like Mass Effect 3's indoctrination theory or the ending to The Sopranos implying Tony's death. They're not canon. They're selectively chosen nuggets of inconsequential information used to weave the story the audience wants to be told. But still, I don't think there's any harm in theorising as long as people don't state it as 'fact' that the theories are correct. As I said with the Inception theory, it's just an interesting take on things that does have some good reasoning behind it, but it's not the truth until or unless someone involved states that it's true.

    Also, clouding the issue further, there are a few films that deliberately confuse audiences into denying interpretations that are frankly so obvious that they don't need to be confirmed. I'm thinking David Lynch's films Lost Highway and Mulholland Drive as prime examples.
  • Fyrsiel
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    Fan theories can get to be kind of annoying, because they do have a tendency to warp "facts" or over-interpret situations or scenarios in order to shoehorn in some wacky idea that's meant to make everyone blink twice, gasp, or smack their foreheads in shock.

    But on the other hand, they're fun to think about. And it is neat to re-watch a movie while thinking of it under a different mindset. It's funny how something can look so different if you simply think of it as something different. And, hell, maybe it can cause a person to reach some sudden real-life understanding that s/he wouldn't have thought of without re-watching said movie with a different mindset. Like you can watch this movie as is and think "Haha, it's awesome skipping school and doing what you want and getting away with it!," or you can watch this movie and think "Damn... mental illness is kind of scary and heartbreaking when you think about it..."
  • DeTroutSpinners
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    The best fan theory of all is that Cobb's totem in Inception isn't the spinning top at all - the spinning top is a red herring. He actually never explicitly says the top is his totem, he just happens to be saying everyone in his group has a totem so they know whether they're asleep or awake and the camera pans down to him holding the spinning top. But actually, he states at one point that the spinning top was his late wife's totem, so it surely goes without saying that he would have had a different one when she was still alive. The theory therefore suggests that his totem is actually his wedding ring, which incidentally only ever appears when he's in dreams and he doesn't wear it when he's awake. This surely can't be a coincidence. What this also does is end any speculation over whether Cobb was awake or asleep at the end of the film, since when he leaves the airport you see his left hand holding the ticket and can clearly see he's NOT wearing the ring, meaning the ending was real.

    Again, this isn't canon because it hasn't been proved or even publicly alluded to by anyone involved in the film. But it's pretty interesting nonetheless.
  • DeTroutSpinners
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    Also, funny you mention Fight Club, because there's actually at least one fan theory about that as well, one of which is that Ed Norton's character is actually Calvin from Calvin and Hobbs, and that Tyler is the adult reincarnation of Hobbs.

    Not a lot of evidence to support that one sadly, but again it's interesting enough that it deserves a mention.
  • Vismutti
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    Oo, that Inception thing is cool! And makes sense too! At least as far as I can remember; only saw that movie once.
  • ghazzterThaOG
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    I wonder how many versions are there for the song: Please, Please, Please Let Me Get What I Want. I just shazamed the song that was playing at the end credits and its also done by an Indie Rock band called: Elefant. Which is also one of the songs on the sound track for the movie: Sky High.
  • ohe
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    Either way, even if Ferris is an existing person in the movie's own universe, isn't he essentially everything that is argued here to the writer of this story? As well as the interested audience, of course.

    A movie character is either way just an imaginary friend for us to witness, our proxy for imagining experiences without directly experiencing anything ourselves. I'd say there's actually no ambiguity whatsoever about how fictional Ferris is, but the question is, how fictional is Cameron, then?
  • tecpaocelotl
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    I'll be honest, I always thought Ferris did a lot of skipping school so much that everyone knows except for Ferris' Parents and school.
  • Merklyn236
    I have to admit, I had heard this "theory" existed once and said to myself "Huh? How?". But you do a great job of breaking the idea down, and how it could be an accurate interpretation.

    You make the comment that some people would say that you shouldn't use your brain when watching this kind of movie though. In the instance of this kind of analysis, the problem isn't whether or not you "turn off your brain" but whether you believe that a work of art (be it a poem, a play, a movie, a video game) can have more than the one it appears to have at face value. This can be a troubling issue for some, but to me it can be a fun way to revisit things we have already watched/read/etc.
  • HungryHippo
    I think some people missed the point of my comment. My argument wasn't that the fan theory is invalid, it's that this video did a bad job of proving it. There were a lot of very subjective elements brought up that chipped away at the credibility of the more concrete evidence.

    Also this bothers me: "If their very existence bothers you for some reason, I would suggest watching something else." A good portion of this web site is devoted to making fun of things that are viewed in a negative light. Unless these reviewers are actually hate themselves and like being miserable, then it's safe to assume that they enjoy joking about/criticizing bad movies/games/tv/music. Should we call every critic on this site hypocrites because they keep watching things they do openly do not like?
  • Leon Thomas
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    Or maybe they just don't agree with you. :P

    I wasn't talking to you in that comment. I was talking to the person saying he doesn't like fan theories at all, and since this show is heavily about fan theories, it's not the show for him.
  • oddtail
    As OtakuSoze mentioned in a comment above (so, not much to add here), the caduceus is not actually the same thing as the staff of Asclepius. The mistake is actually common enough that it has its own Wikipedia article:

    http://en.wikipedia.org/ wiki/ Caduceus_as_a_symbol_of_m edicine

    Granted, this is pretty much what OtakuSoze wrote, but in case anyone wants a more elaborate explanation, there it is.
  • MilesVanHaas
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    I haven't seen the movie in awhile but isn't there a scene where both ferris and cameron are on the phone with the principal at the same time... granted it is the days before caller id was huge and cameron could have had multiple lines on his phone and had been both callers but still seems a little out there... but granted i probably just remember it wrong
  • soliduz_znake
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    by "Cameron's day off" I was expecting the video to be on James Cameron director or Cameron Diaz actor, I feel disappoint ( ;_;)

    I keep watching your fan theories and I wonder if it can also be applied on video games but maybe a little bit differently approached since gameplay and cutscenes don't match (I think for most games).

    when I finished seeing the video I just thought of a fan theory about the metal gear solid series. What if all the events in MGS history were all in Raiden's head? it's clear in MGS2 Raiden was a child soldier and brainwashed which obviously messed him up. Also Solid Snake's myth and unrealistic acts maybe part of Raiden's imagination. It could explain how the series gets weirder and from MGS1 to MGS4 and how MGRR being canon/spin off over the top. Then again I'm talking making sense of Kojima's fictional world so probably impossible ( 0~0)
  • chainclaw
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    It does spark ideas. After all Cameron is a background player in the movie for the most part. When he's not, it's due to Ferris's nudging. Also the scene where him and Sloan have quick heart to heart, it could be seen as his yearning for a female companion. She treats him nicely, and even echoes some of his complaints about Ferris, even though since he can't paint himself as a villain in his own mind he doesn't steal the girl or anything.
  • Kumi
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    None of these fan theories ever lend themselves well to the actual events of the movies they derive from. You have to actively want to believe in them and seek out and manipulate details in order to support your conjectures. For me, it always leaves the impression of someone trying too hard, and the explanations come off really labored.

    I've liked one or two videos of Renegade Cut, so I check back now and again, but in the end, this series really doesn't seem to be for me.
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