Will Farrell captures the essence of innocence as Buddy the elf in "Elf," directed by "Swingers" man Jon Favreau. From the beginning, this movie catches both the imaginations of young kids and the hearts of adults. It tells the story of the aforementioned Buddy, an orphaned human baby who is raised by Santa's elves at the North Pole, and his attempt to find his real father who just happens to live in New York.
Farrell is perfect as the innocent Buddy. He is captivated by everything New York. From the huge buildings to the gum on the handrails at the subway entrance, he takes it all in. When he finds his father(James Caan), he tries his best to be accepted into the family, but his innocence often gets him in the way or in trouble. Also, Santa runs into a little trouble on Christmas Eve and has to call on Buddy to help save Christmas. The result is a heart-warming, happy-ending tale that is perfect to watch at Christmas and year-round.
The supporting cast is splendid. Bob Newhart plays Buddy's adoptive elf father. Ed Asner plays a wonderful Santa. Mary Steenburgen plays Caan's wife who is amazed by the childlike simplicity of Buddy.
The biggest surprise of this flick is the lovely Zooey Deschanel, who plays a department store elf that Buddy falls hard for. Their date, including a taste of the "world's best coffee," is fun to watch, and Deschanel and Farrell have wonderful chemistry on the screen.
Language is pretty light, so the youngsters can watch this. There are a couple of curse words scattered through the movie, but nothing you can't hear at the mall, unfortunately. The music is fun. Deschanel performs "Baby, It's Cold Outside" with Farrell in the film, and with Leon Redbone in the end credits.
In conclusion, I think this film will become a Christmas favorite and eventually rank up there with holiday comedies like "A Christmas Story."
Elf is one of my all-time favorite Christmas movies. Will Ferrell fans fall into two camps: the ones that appreciate his raunchy side, and those who find his goofy innocence charming. I'm in the second camp. My children and I quote Elf often. "Does somebody need a hug?" is a favorite. But I know perfectly wonderful people who hated the movie. If you go for art or brilliant acting/writing, … more
Buddy is an elf. Well, not really. Buddy is a human who grew up in the North Pole thinking he was an elf. One Christmas Santa was putting presents under the tree at an orphanage and little Buddy snuck out of his crib and crawled into Santa's sack. Santa didn't know about it until he got back home in the North Pole. By then, he couldn't take the baby back. They would have to wait at least a year. So a kindly Master Elf and his wife who had no children of their own, adopt Buddy and raise them as their … more
When I think of Christmas movies "It's a Wonderful Life", "A Christmas Story" and "National Lampoons Christmas Vacation" have always been the first to come to mind. I can now add "Elf" to that list of timeless classics. Will Ferrell is at the top of his game in portraying a child-like elf. It really is too funny! Elf is a truly original spin on Christmas. Think about it... that is hard to do... be original about Christmas! "Elf" succeeds in bringing us a very funny movie … more
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Elf is a 2003 American Christmas comedy film directed by Jon Favreau and released in the United States on November 7, 2003.
It stars Will Ferrell as the film's central character "Buddy", and Ed Asner as Santa Claus. As an infant in a New York City orphanage, Buddy had crawled into Santa Claus's bag on Christmas Eve, and Santa unwittingly brought him back to the North Pole. Not knowing to whom the child belonged, the elves decided that he would be raised by them and that it would never be disclosed to him that he was really a human. However, when Buddy overhears the other elves talking about the fact that he is human, he goes to his adoptive father Papa Elf, for advice.
Papa Elf acknowledges that Buddy is, indeed, a human, and tells him the entire story of how he came to be raised by elves. Most important, he tells Buddy about his human father, Walter Hobbs, who lives in New York City. Buddy soon decides to head off on a quest to find his father, where much comedy ensues from the childlike and wholesome Buddy the Elf being a fish-out-of-water.
Elf begins with narration by Papa Elf (Bob Newhart), explaining the only three jobs available to an elf: making shoes for a cobbler; baking cookies inside of trees; and working in Santa's workshop. He also explains Buddy's presence at the North Pole — as an infant in an orphanage, he crawled into Santa Claus's sack of toys one Christmas Eve and was accidentally taken to the North Pole. Santa ...