Like all of you, I've been following our Geek-Off Tournament with great zeal. But through the whole competition I've been doubting the inclusion of Cameron Frye (Alan Ruck), who to my surprise made it all the way to the penultimate fifth round before finally being knocked out -- in a landslide victory -- by Egon from Ghostbusters. I guess the success he did have throughout the tournament means most of you have not been doubting his qualifications for geekdom. But is he really a geek? Or is he just a nebbish?
Maybe it's been too long since I last watched Ferris Bueller's Day Off, but I honestly can't recall any moment that gives direct evidence or even implies that Cameron is particularly smart or over-indulgently interested in any kind of geeky hobby. He's certainly no more intelligent than Ferris is when he comes up with the idea of running the Ferrari in reverse. I think a geek would have immediately known and pointed out why that wouldn't work.
If anyone is a geek in the film -- other than the gummy bear girl -- it's Ferris (Matthew Broderick), despite his own lack of automotive smarts. He's good with computer hacking (though nowhere near the level of Broderick's WarGames character, David Lightman, who certainly deserved a spot in the Tournament), seems to have decent engineering skills and is smart enough to make detailed plans and very convincing arguments.
Okay, so he is also very popular, which makes him potentially ineligible for geek status. But the geeks are said to adore him, so I'm sure they'd let him slide.In any event, I think of Ferris as more of a geek than Cameron. Don't you?