— With the 25th anniversary DVD of “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off” hitting stores this week, there’s a renewed focus on the John Hughes classic. But forget about looking back. The real question is, what are those characters up to now? Here's one take on where they might be.
Ferris Bueller (Matthew Broderick)
Ferris complained that his parents bought him a computer instead of a car, but that proved to be a brilliant move. He turned his keen innate knowledge of social networks to form Ferrisbook before Mark Zuckerberg ever even got into Harvard. He used his windfall to buy the Cubs, and his shrewd management revived the franchise and led to a victory in the 2008 World Series. So in this alternate universe, at least, Cubs fans have reason to celebrate.
Sloane Peterson (Mia Sara)
Now Sloane Peterson-Bueller, she’s found life as a society wife challenging at times. She formed her own cosmetics company and started a charity that brings children from the inner-city into downtown Chicago to see the Art Institute, but she also developed a taste for the finer things in life. This earned her a starring role on “Real Housewives of Chicago.” She’s the grounded one who spends most of her time mocking the rest of her castmates, though she took center stage in an episode when she fantasized about that day Cameron Frye saw her naked.
Cameron Frye (Alan Ruck)
Cameron didn’t get a chance to have any more afternoons on the town with his best friend. After his father found the wreckage of his Ferrari, he sent his son off to military school. The added discipline helped Cameron excel on Wall Street, while his risk-averse nature caused him to avoid the recent meltdown. Now, he’s a leading financial magnate, having avoided the housing bubble and made a fortune shorting overvalued stocks.
Jeanie Bueller (Jennifer Grey)
Unable to get her brother in trouble, Jeanie Bueller turned to journalism with the goal of becoming an investigative reporter. She didn’t win a Pulitzer, but her hot temper proved to be a natural fit for the emerging landscape. She’s currently got the highest-rated cable TV news show, and a radio program that’s made her among the most influential media members in the country. But she still has yet to bust her brother.
Guy in Police Station (Charlie Sheen)
Being busted was a great thing for this guy initially, as he and Jeanie Bueller dated briefly when they both were released from jail. Once Jeanie moved on, however, this guy couldn’t take the pain of his broken heart. He delved deeper into alcoholism, drugs and women to ease his pain. Hmmm, sounds familiar.