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Ferris Bueller = Fight Club

The Internet recently was abuzz about a theory advanced by one member in the loquacious salon over at Metafilter regarding FERRIS BUELLER. Coined “The Fight Club Theory,” it goes something like this:

Ferris Bueller, the person, is just a figment of Cameron’s imagination, like Tyler Durden, and Sloane is the girl Cameron secretly loves.

One day while he’s lying sick in bed, Cameron lets “Ferris” steal his father’s car and take the day off, and as Cameron wanders around the city, all of his interactions with Ferris and Sloane, and all the impossible hijinks, are all just played out in his head. This is part of the reason why the “three” characters can see so much of Chicago in less than one day — Cameron is alone, just imagining it all.

It isn’t until he destroys the front of the car in a fugue state does he finally get a grip and decide to confront his father, after which he imagines a final, impossible escape for Ferris and a storybook happy ending for Sloane (“He’s gonna marry me!”), the girl that Cameron knows he can never have.

After you pick up pieces of your brain following its explosion upon reading this theory, check out the rest of the interesting discussion here.

In semi-related news, Cameron’s dad’s house from the film is for sale. Asking price? $2,300,000.