7. Ferris Bueller 2: Another Day Off

Matthew Broderick as Ferris Bueller

Ferris Bueller’s Day Off is one of the most beloved movies of the 1980s. It practically oozes ’80s charm: it’s got a great soundtrack, and young Matthew Broderick was the epitome of cool. The film’s rebellious but kind-hearted spirit won over an entire generation, and it was a huge success. Still, that doesn’t mean that a sequel is a good idea, does it?

Plans for a sequel titled Ferris Bueller 2: Another Day Off were reportedly considered, though. The film would follow a middle-aged Ferris attempting to recreate his glory years by engaging in another day of rebellious fun, despite his advancing years. Admittedly, the idea does have some potential to contain interesting narrative and thematic ideas, but it’s still a weird and awful idea.

The thing is, Ferris Bueller’s Day Off is all about youth and freedom. A sequel following a middle-aged version of the uber-cool Ferris would fundamentally fail at that brief: he wouldn’t be young, and he wouldn’t be free. Even if the story was handled carefully, it’s hard to see how it wouldn’t just be an examination of how depressing getting older can be. What’s more, seeing Ferris with a receding hairline and a beer gut would thoroughly spoil the original movie’s entire message.