"This is to comedies what Gone with the Wind (1939) is to epics", Stein said. "It will never die because it responds to and calls forth such human emotions. It isn't dirty. There's nothing mean-spirited about it. There's nothing sneering or sniggering about it. It's just wholesome. We want to be free. We want to have a good time. We know we're not going to be able to all our lives. We know we're going to have to buckle down and work. We know we're going to have to eventually become family men and women and have responsibilities and pay our bills. But just give us a couple of good days that we can look back on."
He basically nails the timeless nature of the film and why it has stood the test of time. There aren't many films from the 80s that have the rewatchability of "Ferris Bueller's Day Off." Funny how critics basically panned the film when it came out, but, over time, it has become one of the more beloved films of my generation. Richard Roeper's favorite movie of all-time, by the way!