Let's start thinking about the third movie in the LexGo Totally Awesome '80s Film Festival: Ferris Bueller's Day Off (1986), screening March 13.
It's about a high school wiseguy who is determined to take the day off from school, no matter what anyone thinks of that. Despite the rule-breaking plot, the movie, chock full of long-lasting pop-culture nuggets, is among the most warm, innocent films in the high-school-movie canon. Written and directed by the king of teen movies, John Hughes, it stars Matthew Broderick as Ferris, along with Mia Sara, Alan Ruck and Jennifer Grey.
We want to know:
What's the best, craziest or stupidest excuse you ever used to skip school?
Did you ever try to fake a fever by holding the thermometer to a light bulb only to have you mom doubt that you had a temperature of 147 degrees Fahrenheit? Did you fake a note from your doctor but spell something crucial like pneumonia incorrectly? No matter how crazy or dumb, we want to hear about it.
Tell us your excuses. Email it to firstname.lastname@example.org (subject line: "Save Ferris"); tweet us a direct message (@LexGoKy) or with the hashtag #totallyawesome80s; or post a comment on our Facebook page, Facebook.com/lexgo.
The deadline is noon Tuesday.
We'll publish our favorites next Friday in Weekender.
Read more about the film fest at LexGo.com or Bit.ly/Y9hdlX.