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Super Bowl Sunday will inevitably be packed with starry, hilarious commercials, but it's probably going to be hard to beat this Honda ad, which as promised, brings back Matthew Broderick to play a grown-up version of Ferris Bueller. Well, it seems he's actually just playing Matthew Broderick, playing hooky from his job as a Hollywood actor, but Broderick has taken his Ferris duties very seriously, as you can see in the ad below.
It's amazing how many Ferris Bueller references they manage to cram into such a short ad, and you can check out the list gallery below for screenshots that show off some of the hidden inside jokes. It's also fun to see the places where they put on a spin on the familiar stuff, like Ferris leading a Chinese New Year parade with a traditional Chinese song instead of "Twist and Shout," or calling mom on the phone inside the car. Of course it's still a car commercial, and you're not going to be able to fully replicate Ferris Bueller's Day Off in two and a half minutes, but as a bit of nostalgia used for marketing purposes, it's not half bad. Look for it to air during the Super Bowl along with plenty of other glitzy, expensive ads this Sunday.
Below are the inside jokes we managed to find; can you think of any we missed?
Guy on the roller coaster wearing Cameron's Redwings jersey.
Apparently Matthew is on the phone with the principal's frazzled secretary Grace. "Grace... GRAAAAACE!"
A guy at the museum is wearing Ferris's familiar vest.
Shoutout to Ferris's clarinet playing at the beginning of the film. "Never had one lesson."
Does what this guy is drinking seem strange for a horse racing track? That's because it's a shoutout to Ferris's fruity drink by the pool.
The office at the beginning seems full of nods to the film. Doesn't Ferris use a trophy as part of his bedroom set-up with the "sleeping" mannequin? There's also the baseball, a bull (stock market), and Grace's pencils and White-Out...