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Elf (2003)

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Will Ferrell Will Ferrell
Buddy
James Caan James Caan
Walter
Bob Newhart Bob Newhart
Papa Elf
Edward Asner Edward Asner
Santa
Daniel Tay Daniel Tay
Michael
Faizon Love Faizon Love
Gimbel's Manager


Written by
David Berenbaum David Berenbaum
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Disarming, genuinely hilarious and touching

12 years, 11 months ago at Dec 24 11:05
3 votes
"The best way to spread Christmas cheer is singing loud for all to hear."

Hollywood, it would appear, is determined to inundate movie-goers with at least one holiday-style motion picture at Christmastime every year. These festive movies are intended to be warm and heartfelt, and are designed to lift our spirits, but only very few will end up making the hall of fame. Films such as Na... read more

Enjoyable Christmas film...

12 years, 11 months ago at Dec 20 8:20
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For the past 4 Christmas's in a row, this has been on TV and every time I have missed it. I would have watched it even if it wasn't Christmas but it didn't really feel right. When it was on TV, I decided to watch it. I didn't really have high expectations for it since I am not really a big fan of Will Ferrell and have hated 2 films he has been in previously. I was surprised at it to be honest beca... read more

A good movie

10 years, 1 month ago at Nov 2 13:10
1 vote
You might find him terribly annoying and not funny at all but you canโ€™t argue that Will Ferrell is one of the most successful and recognizable comedian of the last decade. Personally, I have some mixed feelings about him. Indeed, he can be sometimes downright hilarious but he keeps playing over and over the same characters and it is getting less and less entertaining and more and more obnoxious.... read more
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Buddy (Will Ferrell) was a baby in an orphanage who stowed away in Santa's sack and ended up at the North Pole. Later, as an adult human who happened to be raised by elves, Santa allows him to go to New York City to find his birth father, Walter Hobbs (James Caan). Hobbs, on Santa's naughty list for being a heartless jerk, had no idea that Buddy was even born. Buddy, meanwhile, experiences the delights of New York City (and human culture) as only an elf can. When Walter's relationship with Buddy interferes with his job, he is forced to reevaluate his priorities.
Release date: 7 November 2003
UPC: 794043716829
Tags: Comedy (48), Christmas (44), Fantasy (23), Family (22), 2003 (16), Santa Claus (13), Holiday (12), 2000s (11), New York (10), Snow (8), North Pole (8), Elves (7), Elf (7), Ice Skating (7), Will Ferrell (6), Office (6), Police (6), Candy (6), Orphan (6), New York City (5)
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Sweet and charming, salvaged by the cast

“Elf isn't a perfect Christmas movie, but it was sweet and charming with a great cast. The script can be a little too fluffy and unfocused sometimes though, while the pace occasionally lags and some jokes such as Buddy eating the sweets felt forced. However, it does look terrific, with the locations striking and the cinematography very nice. The soundtrack is a nice addition too, it made me nostalgic and all the more ready for Christmas. The story while simple and a tad predictable is at least original and well-meaning, while the direction is credible. The cast is what gives Elf its staying power and charm. Although I am not a fan of Will Ferrell, I think he really shone here as Buddy, while Zooey Deschannel is beautiful and a huge part of the film's charm, James Caan is a suitably gruff fa” read more

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