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50 Movie Sibling Rivalries
The brothers and sisters who just can’t seem to get along

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Ferris Bueller’s Day Off (1986)

Ferris Bueller’s Day Off (1986)

The siblings: Ferris (Matthew Broderick) and Jeanie Bueller (Jennifer Grey)

What puts them at odds? Ferris is the king of school slacker pranks, and displays a Teflon-like ability to get away with it. Jeanie is endlessly frustrated by this. When he skips school for a day, she aims to prove he’s a truant.

Brothers and sisters often have a tough time getting along, and when your younger bro is a smug, smart and charming brat, it’s even worse. So you can understand why Jeanie might get sick of Ferris’s schemes and try to throw a spanner in the works. John Hughes plays up the sibling tension perfectly here, using it as just one plot in a funny, linked story about Ferris deciding to spend the day in Chicago with best pal Cameron (Alan Ruck) and girlfriend Sloane (Mia Sara). As ever with Hughes, there’s genuine emotional honesty underpinning the comic madness and the Bueller family feels real, but we’re still relieved that a quick snog with Charlie Sheen’s drug addict gives Jeanie a kinder perspective on her errant sibling.

Which sibling is your favourite?

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