loaded question: what are the best movies about taking a day off?

It’s Memorial Day in the US, which is ostensibly about honoring military veterans but is treated by many as the official kickoff to summer, with barbecues, beach trips, and other fun stuff. Usually this same last Monday in May also a bank holiday in the UK, and treated in much the same way, but this year that day off has been moved to this coming Thursday, with a one-off extra bank holiday happening on Friday in honor of Queen Elizabeth II’s platinum jubilee, which means a four-day weekend for many.

These are the days to laze. So:

What are the best movies about taking a day off?

Of course Ferris Bueller’s Day Off is the very best, and the most obvious answer, so let’s get that one out of the way right off the bat. What are some others?

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film buff
Tue, May 31, 2022 8:46pm

Before Sunrise — which is essentially about two people taking the day off to explore a city together and have soul-searching conversations.

Also, 12 Angry Men. You need to take the day off work to do jury duty, right? :-)

Jess Haskins
Jess Haskins
Mon, Jun 06, 2022 2:19pm

Not many responses…maybe no one remembers what a day off looks like?

All that comes to my mind is The 400 Blows, which I saw recently. That has kids playing hooky. Take a day off from school…and wind up in child prison!