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This hilarious Christmas film tells the tale of a young orphan child who mistakenly crawls into Santa's bag of gifts on Christmas Eve and is transported back to the North Pole and raised as an elf. Years later Buddy learns he is not really an elf and goes on a journey to New York City to find his true identity.]]>
Elf is genuinely good. Not just Saturday Night Live-movie good, when the movie has some funny bits but is basically an insult to humanity; Elf is a smartly written, skillfully directed, and deftly acted story of a human being adopted by Christmas elves who returns to the human world to find his father. And because the writing, directing, and acting are all genuinely good, Elf is also genuinely funny. Will Ferrell, as Buddy the adopted elf, is hysterically sincere. James Caan, as his rediscovered father, executes his surly dumbfoundedness with perfect aplomb. Zooey Deschanel, as a department store worker with whom Buddy falls in love, is adorably sardonic. Director Jon Favreau (Swingers) shepherds the movie through all the obligatory Christmas cliches and focuses on material that's sometimes subtle and consistently surprising. Frankly, Elf feels miraculous. Also featuring Mary Steenburgen, Bob Newhart, Peter Dinklage, and Ed Asner as Santa Claus. --Bret Fetzer
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Elf is about a young baby that is dropped off on a doorstep and ends up in Santa's workshop living as a very tall elf. After some time it is agreed he will go out in the world and meet his real dad and real mother. So off he goes to New York City. There his childlike innocence is delightful and it gets him into trouble in variety of ways. Over time he learns and even finds someone to love and he teaches others the joys of Christmas.
Will Ferrell did a great job and I can't imagine anyone more perfect for the part. This is a funny, cute, charming little show. It is going to be one we watch again and again in years to come.
a major joy in life. Bought if for my 92 yo mom this year b/c she totally fell in love with Will Ferrell and all his child-like innocent antics in this movie. It's worth it just to watch the dancing scenes.
Borderline sacrilegious, Elf imagines a human being raised in Santa's workshop and then re-integrated into human socieity.