Friday, October 05, 2007

Shake It Up, Baby

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.

"Bueller...?"

"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.

18 comments:

Rebecca Burch said...

I asked a question in class one day, and nobody responded. They all just looked at me, blinking. So I said "Bueller... Bueller.... Bueller?"

And nobody got it.

*facepalm*

Does this mean I'm old?

Willy D said...

I like Slater from Dazed And Confused. Check ya later man.

The Film Geek said...

Hey Rebecca: I'm sorry, but it does mean you are getting old (not that there's anything wrong with that). :)

I've done the same in a class or two. And no one gets it there, either. And that always makes me sad.

Hey, Willy, thanks for stopping by.Another terrific part.

Hoyt said...

This is a great question! I also like Ferris Bueller, Ratso Rizzo and Donnie Darko, but considering all the films I've seen, I need to think about who I identify with most.

Elvis Drinkmo said...

What was the name of the movie where Danny DeVito played an unemployed college graduate who ended up teaching an adult learning class or something?

That's the one character I always felt like I could relate to.

The Film Geek said...

I'll be waiting to hear, Hoyt!

And Elvis: I remember seeing a DeVito movie with a similar plot, but can't for the life of me recall it's title.

And I hear ya, Elvis. I hear ya.

The Film Geek said...

Had to look it up:

Renaissance Man (1994)

Elvis Drinkmo said...

Thank you, Film Geek. That's been bugging me all weekend.

primalscreamx said...

Jerome Morrow from "Gattaca." The character really becomes the thing he wants through sheer determination.

The Film Geek said...

Excellenbt character, Bill. And interestingly, maybe the exact opposite of my Ferris! :)

The Film Geek said...

(Ferris can't type well, either.)

Jackie Lantern said...

Excellenbt topic The! :D

I'm still thinking about this....

The Film Geek said...

Thanks, Jackie. I'm gonna wait until mid-week to post some of the replies I've gotten. Be sure and send yours in!

All Click said...

I say this a lot, but Peter Gibbons from Office Space is who I identify with. It's like they filmed my life for a year and my thoughts and then brought in some actors to play it out.

oh and Batman..the new kick ass batman. That's sooo me.

Suzy said...

Heh. It's also my hubby's fave movie of all time. He can quote every line. I knew there was a reason I liked your blog!

The Film Geek said...

All Click--You ARE Batman!

Suzy: How cool! Now, which is the character you most identify with?

Rebecca said...

Great post Film Geek. You should also move your Weekly Movie Trivia up your sidebar a little. I had not noticed it before, and it cracks me up.

I think I'm going with Bridget Jones. Because she's flighty, goofy, and always saying the wrong thing.

The Film Geek said...

Hey Rebecca. Glad someone noticed that! I've had it there for about four months, and didn't think anyone saw it.

(It's true, by the way...) :)

Briget Jones is a great character! Not a bad character to identify with at all!