Oh boy, here we go. Remember how excited people were over that Ferris Bueller teaser? Actually, it kind of gave me a sour stomach. I was a child of the '80s, and I hate getting these little reminders of how time marches on mercilessly. I mean, I remember having a crush on the YOUNG Matthew Broderick -- and now he's the cranky old guy married to SJP. And he's excited about driving a CR-V around Chicago.
This is it. I've remained in denial for as long as I could, but I cannot ignore this sad reality any longer. The Ferris Bueller Honda commercial of 2012 is my wake-up call: I'm OLD.
Look carefully as "Matthew" flings open those curtains. I think they got a stunt double to help out with that scene.
Matthew tries to look his brightest and most bushy-tailed when he says, "How can I fake work on a day like today?" But there's something weary about this delivery. Like, "Oh god, I have to fake enthusiasm, which is considerably more challenging than faking a cold." And he thinks about how his knees hurt and how someone was supposed to bring him his coffee and it's still not here -- where is that kid?!? SIGH.
And then there's the car, the maroon CR-V. I know it's a commercial for THIS CAR -- but oy, we're a long way from Cameron's dad's hot Ferrari, aren't we. Maroon is the color you get when red starts hurting your eyes. I watch Matthew zip around town in that car and it reminds me of all the friends we have who moved to the suburbs and bought minvans. Ohhhhh yeahhhhhhh.
"I have a lot to do today!" Matthew chirps, as he strides out dressed like Mr. Rogers. And that's funny, because that's what I say every Saturday morning, too. A lot to do = I'm spending the day running errands, grocery shopping, doing laundry, and cleaning the bathroom. Yup, I'm tearing it up today. Paintin' the town red. Or maroon, as the case may be.
But hey, I have to give Matthew credit for chucking off his chore list to his assistant and running off to the amusement park, the horse track (?), and a Chinese New Year parade. Is it me, or does that bear look like a black-and-white version of Matthew himself? As for the walrus ... no comment. Okay, comment: Goo goo g'joob. I think you know what I'm talking about.
Yes, life moves pretty fast. A little too fast. Like one minute you're playing hooky from high school and then you blink and -- what am I doing here at work? Life is short! I think I ... (cough cough) I think I may need to take the day off. I think I'm coming down with a mid-life crisis.
Did the Ferris Bueller CR-V make you feel old?
Image via Honda/YouTube