New Ferris Bueller Ad Released

Bueller? Bueller? Oh, here he is, back in a … car commercial. A version of the ad that plays off Ferris Bueller’s Day Off can be seen during the Super Bowl this Sunday, but a full-length, two-and-a-half-minute cut was released Monday, and you can watch it here. This time Matthew Broderick plays himself and, of course, fakes being sick. In the original, he hits the town (Chicago) in a 1961 Ferrari 250 GT California. This time, perhaps amid an economic slowdown, he drives around Los Angeles in a Honda CRV. All the spinoffs of memorable lines are here, including Ben Stein’s monotone roll call, replaced by a valet saying, “Broderick? Broderick?” Instead of the Art Institute of Chicago, Broderick has a moment with a walrus at the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles. Instead of “Twist and Shout” and “Danke Schoen,” he sings a Chinese New Year song at a Chinatown parade. The commercial was made by director Todd Phillips and the Santa Monica ad agency RPA. They probably couldn’t get the rights to the original John Hughes classic, but they didn’t have to mention Bueller once to pay homage to the '80s.