June 15th, 2011
04:03 PM ET
Summer 2011 has been good for the cinema: The female-driven comedy “Bridesmaids” has raked in more than $107 million so far at the box office since its May release. “X-Men: First Class” gained more support than 2009’s “X-Men Origins: Wolverine,” the last film based on the comic book superheroes. And J.J. Abrams’ “Super 8” earned $37 million its opening weekend.
“Green Lantern,” “Captain America” and the final “Harry Potter” film are all waiting in the wings for release over the next month.
This sounds like one successful summer, to say the least. That is, until you rewind 25 years.
In 1986, classic movies like “Top Gun,” “Back to School” and “Stand by Me” were all released within three months of each other. And the list goes on.
Last weekend even marked the 25th anniversary of John Hughes’ “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off."
More than just a high school comedy, the movie taught us life lessons, like how to properly play hooky (don’t pretend you've never tried his clammy hands routine - “It’s a good, non-specific symptom”) and showed us how to make the most of our sick days - catch a baseball game, perform in a parade, “borrow” your best friend’s dad’s 1961 Ferrari.
But not everyone is enamored with “Ferris.” In an article that ran in The Atlantic on June 9 – two days before “Bueller’s” 25th anniversary - the writer said the film is “portrayed as a universal story, when it's really not” and that “Ferris' way of life leaves me feeling empty.”
Still, we think you'd be hard-pressed to find someone who didn’t laugh when Bueller impersonated Abe Froman, the Sausage King of Chicago.
So in the immortal words of Ferris himself, “Life moves pretty fast. If you don't stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it." Here's are a look back at some of those classics from the summer of 1986.
"Back to School"
"Howard the Duck"
"Stand by Me"
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