There are a lot of movie characters I love. The Dude, the Jeff Bridges character in The Big Lebowski is a favorite, as is Ratzo Rizzo (Midnight Cowboy) and Donnie Darko. As much as I love these characters, though, I have very little in common with them, which makes identifying with them difficult. Identifying with a character really enhances the movie experience for me, and it's those I identify with most that are usually my favorites.
My personal, favorite-all-time-movie-character is Ferris Bueller.
Yep, the perpetual slacker from the 1986 hit Ferris Bueller's Day Off is a movie character I identify with, for several reasons. He's a pretty smart guy (go with me here) who lives in the moment, enjoys play more than responsibility and has a youthful distaste for (or at least a youthful rebellion against)responsibility.
Shake it up, baby!
I never skip work to hang out with my friends. You wouldn't find me forcing a friend to steal his father's classic car in order to tool around town. I'd never manipulate authority figures simply to amuse myself. (OK, that one I would do.) And sing and dance in a big-time parade just 'cause it would be fun to spontaneously do it?
Nah, you'd never see that from me.
But I want to...
And I'm able to every time I watch my man, Ferris.
So, I'm curious: With which movie character do you most identify? And why? Drop a comment about it if you want, but if you send an email I'd like to publish your comments in a future post.