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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.
Audio Commentary:2 commentaries with Will Ferrell & Director
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Featurette:Film school for kids Tag along with Will Ferrell How they made the North Pole Kids on Christmas and more!
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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This film has serious heart.
The film tells the story of Buddy, a human who was adopted by Christmas elves when he was a baby and raised to believe that he too was an elf. He made for a rather clumsy elf, being that he is kind of gigantic, and so he was eventually told the truth about his origin and sent off to the real world to find his human parents. He does find his father, but that doesn't go over very well (especially since Buddy is so genuine in his overall naivety that he comes across like a complete nut-job).
Sure, there is that whole `Christmas spirit' mumbo-jumbo that is so beautiful in context yet so inaccurate in application, but it works marvelously in this family centric film that nails nearly every mark it attempts to hit.
This film just has `it'.
In fact, this film has heaps of `it' in the form of Will Ferrell, James Caan, Bob Newhart, Mary Steenburgen and Zooey Deschanel. I mean, really...what a marvelous cast. Ferrell is just effortless and so wonderfully delightful as Buddy. He captures the tone of this character with ease and delivers a performance we will remember and adore. James Caan handles a stereotype with gusto, and Bob Newhart is just so huggable as Papa Elf. I've always had a soft spot for Steenburgen, even when she hasn't deserved it, and Zooey Deschanel should be in EVERY movie.
If you want a smart, witty, charming family film that will defy odds and really deliver than this is the one for you, whether you engage in the traditions that come from this over-hyped holiday or not.
Humans on the North pole, you must be insane. However, this film examines the growth and progression of a human baby in the North Pole, who is raised by Santa and his elves, where Buddy believes he truly is one of Santa's helpers. Being labeled as "different," is a classification that Buddy is confused in how to deal with it. He is slower and less skilled than the other elves, where he questions his abilities. Around the age of 30, where one would believe a person might understand their place and status in life, Buddy is presented with the fact that he is a human. He is discouraged, yet shocked at the news, where he wonders the meaning to human. He resolves on taking a trip to New York City to meet his father, who he finds out is on Santa's naughty list. The journey is one to watch.
Once in the Big Apple, Buddy is on the search to find his father, which is not easy. He is first run over by a cab, as he is oblivious to the traffic patterns of the city. He is first denied by his father, Walter, who claims to not have any knowledge of Buddy and his presence. Buddy finds himself in a department store, where he decorates the store and amazes everyone, to where he ends up getting a date, with the help of his half-brother named Michael, who is Walter's son. Buddy is fortunately given the chance to camp out with his father and his family, as he becomes close with Michael. Buddy's personality certainly intrigues the audience as his daily habits and oblivion to society make for an interesting performance.
Buddy is a charismatic and "gifted" individual, where he possesses abnormal traits and skills, that others find it hard to obtain. He eats spaghetti with maple syrup, and candy with pop-tarts, as if it is a normal and diet friendly meal. However, with Buddy's uplifting and charming spirit, Santa's sleigh unfortunately breaks and lands in Central Park, coincidentally in the city where Buddy resides. With Santa's need to deliver presents, Buddy realizes the necessity to restore the world of the Christmas charisma and morale. Buddy's time has come.
This beguiling and wondrous film perfects the Christmas spirit. "Elf" is a captivating movie that enchants the audience and creates a laughter-filled experience for individuals of all ages. Whether you celebrate Christmas or not, this movie is an essential to the lives of every individual.