Elf (2003)


Movie Review

Directed by: Jon Favreau

Starring: Will Ferrell, James Caan, and Zooey Deschanel

While out on Christmas Eve delivering presents one year, Santa Claus (Ed Asner) accidentally brings a human baby back with him to the North Pole.  Papa Elf (Bob Newhart) volunteers to raise the little baby boy and names him Buddy (Will Ferrell).  When Buddy grows up and discovers that he’s not really suited to a life in the North Pole, Papa Elf finally tells him that he’s an adopted human being.  He also tells him of his biological father Walter Hobbs (James Caan) and where he lives in New York City.  His mother Susan Wells has passed away at this time already.  Buddy decides to go to New York to find his father but finds that the customs of the North Pole aren’t so customary in “the south”.

Elf is a modern day fairy tale with all the holiday cheer.  Will Ferrell is in his prime in this flick and delivers nonstop laughs.  Only he could play a man who convinces audiences that he genuinely believes he’s an elf.  It’s a future classic that you just can’t miss.  Check it out with a little eggnog.



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