Full 'Ferris Bueller' Super Bowl Ad Shows Broderick's Still Got It (VIDEO)

Life moves pretty fast ... if you don't stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it. No worries on missing Honda's much-buzzed-about Ferris Bueller Super Bowl commercial, though, because you don't even have to wait until next weekend to see it. Happily, the full-length commercial has been released to the Internet, a full week before it goes prime time during the big game.

As for how the ad stacks up against the anticipation? Well, the bad news is that Charlie Sheen, Jennifer Grey, Alan Ruck, and Ed Rooney are all MIA from the clip—but the good news is that they aren't even missed. Honda has created a wonderfully clever homage to the original film, and the smartest part of all is that you'll want to watch it several times over just to get all the references.


As seen in the teaser clip, Broderick talks to the camera like his 1986 character, calling in sick to a film shoot before taking his CR-V out for a day of familiar shenanigans. Never mind that Broderick's film career hasn't exactly been on fire since he first played Ferris, and never mind the mental adjustment of seeing a decidedly middle-aged version of the boy we all had a crush on back in the day, and never mind that Ferris Bueller's Day Off is officially 26 years old HOLY CRAP BRING ME MY CANE, Broderick's definitely still got the boyish charm for the role.

Check out the full ad here:

From the moment the instantly-recognizable Yello soundtrack kicks in, the Ferris references are nearly nonstop through the commercial. There are a ton of pitch-perfect details like the towel on his head, "Grace" (the name of Ed Rooney's secretary) appearing briefly on the CR-V screen, the guy behind him in the roller coaster wearing Cameron's Red Wings jersey, the "SOCHOIC" CR-V plate, and even the valet intoning "Broderick ... Broderick ...." (although seriously, they couldn't get Ben Stein for that scene?).

In fact, the video description on YouTube says, "We hid over two dozen references to the movie throughout the commercial. Some are obvious, some are VERY subtle," and fans are encouraged to tweet their finds with the hashtag #dayoff. Hello, someone give that ad agency a biscuit for doing viral right.

Some folks may be disappointed that this turned out to be a car commercial rather than a sequel to the movie (as was rumored for a while), but I think it's great. It's short, it's cute, and it doesn't crap all over the original, which a sequel almost surely would have. Save Ferris, indeed.

What do you think of the ad? Did you find all 24+ movie references?

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