by Doug Schultz
1. Ferris Bueller's Day Off (1986)
Well, duh. This movie is done so well -- it's a classic, really -- that seemingly no other filmmaker dares tackle the subject of skipping class, because why bother? What else is there to say? I mean, DURRRRR, it's one of my TOP FIVE FAVORITE FILMS OF ALL TIME(?), a list I've probably rewritten 17 times since that podcast dropped in early 2012. Should Ferris Bueller's Day Off really be there? Should it be The Blues Brothers instead? Maybe? Yes? The answer's yes? Still, Chicago REPREZENT!
2. The Girl Next Door (2004)
3. Senior Skip Day (2008)
Direct-to-video, but SO WHAT? Haven't seen it, but WHO CARES? I mean, just LOOK at that title! The principal/villain in the film is named Mr. Frankfurt Dickwalder, and he's played by Larry Miller. Doesn't that pretty much tell you everything you need to know? The trailer (above) closes with the venerable (or is it "venereal"?) Tara Reid stating, "You totally stole that trick from Ferris Bueller's Day Off." In the business, this is what's called PAYING HOMAGE.
4. She's the Man (2006)
5. Saved! (2004)
Jesus! I have no knowledge of this film, but I TOTALLY remember this preview (right now, you're WATCHIN' TRAILERZ WITH DOUG!). Saved! features a who's who of A-list(?) talent: Mandy Moore, Macaulay Culkin, Jena Malone, Patrick Fugit, Eva Amurri and Mary-Louise Parker. Described as a religious comedy/drama/satire, three teenagers (including Kevin McCallister in a wheelchair) become good friends after they cut class together, bonding over an unwanted pregnancy. Oh, and Mandy Moore appears to play the part that Amanda Bynes later performed in Easy A (that of self-righteous bitch). So, you know ... connections.
6. Detroit Rock City (1999)
7. Child's Play (1988)
EXPLODING. Chucky escapes, and Andy is placed in a mental hospital. The lesson here? STAY IN SCHOOL.