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Elfis genuinely good. Not justSaturday Night Live-movie good, when the movie has some funny bits but is basically an insult to humanity;Elfis 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,Elfis 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,Elffeels miraculous. Also featuring Mary Steenburgen, Bob Newhart, Peter Dinklage, and Ed Asner as Santa Claus.--Bret Fetzer


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CastWill Ferrell, James Caan, Ed Asner, Bob Newhart
DVD Release Date:  October 26, 2010
Runtime:  95 minutes
Studio:  New Line Home Video
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review by . December 24, 2010
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I'd never really thought a Will Farrell would become a holiday classic, but Elf is a wonderful Christmas treat. The story is simple enough: a human is adopted by Santa's elves, but then returns to New York to find his birth father. As expected, what ensues is one major culture clash. It's absolutely hilarious, with Farrell walking around New York City in an elf costume and getting into all sorts of trouble. My family watches it every Christmas Eve. It certainly beats the usual sappy holiday specials. …
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