Fan theories are fickle things. There are a countless number out there ranging from simple interpretations to complete re-workings of the source material. Sadly the vast majority of these theories are completely unsubstantiated and based purely on conjecture with minimal evidence. Many completely ignore facts within the material and twist things to fit their meanings. The result is an interpretation that gives an impression of obsession and trying to fit a square peg into a round hole.
However, once in a blue moon you stumble upon a theory that makes you stop. ‘Well now, this actually sounds not only plausible, but in fact if it were true, would vastly improve said material’ you may even think. Deep down you know that this was likely never an intention of the creators, but if it were it makes them that much more brilliant. (Indeed whilst researching this very article I came across a theory that, if intended/true, would make Stephenie Meyer a literary genius).
Maybe the sheer abundance of crappy theories is what makes the vaguely plausible ones so much sweeter. In any case they are a rare breed, and so to save you some time and effort here is a list of some of the more plausible film fan theories out there but, as a warning, as with most theories their legitimacy can be easily brought into question.
1. Cameron Frye’s Day Off
To begin with I bring you a mainstay of fan theories. In fact this type of theory is one of the main reasons behind the many rubbish theories out there. It is a relative of the ‘X was in a coma the whole time!’ theory. I am of course talking about the ‘It was all in Ys head the whole time!’. The sheer amount of use this theory sees is baffling. One of the reasons behind its commonality is the fact that it is so easy to apply it to anything. Characters are usually made from archetypes which represent some form of heightened characterisation. This means it is easy to say that particular characters are different aspects of a person’s mind. Then again as with a lot of things sometimes a rubbish idea can seem like a good one in the right circumstances.
In this case I give you: Ferris Bueller’s Day Off. I know, I know. It’s a light hearted comedy. Why on earth would anyone want to read too much into a comedy? Well, because some people are just like that it seems. The theory goes that Ferris and Sloane are characters within Cameron’s head. Cameron and Ferris are complete polar opposites of each other. Where Ferris is fun and free, Cameron is a killjoy and restricted in his lifestyle. What would a troubled child with no real friends, and a possibly abusive father do? Maybe he would create an imaginary friend who could do everything he couldn’t. A friend who was the most popular guy in school. A friend who dates the hottest girl in school. A friend who inexplicably gets away with everything.
Ferris represents everything that Cameron wants to be. He ‘makes’ Cameron steal his father’s car, and call in sick. But over the course of the film, he learns to unwind almost till the point that he is having fun for himself. It is only upon the severe damage done to the car that Cameron is truly set free. He sends Ferris home and finally decides to stick up for himself. It would be a turning point in a damaged child’s youth.
Of course this whole theory can be undone just by asking; what about Ferris’ sister?