This holiday, discover your inner elf.
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- Rated: PG
- Run Time: 1 hours, 35 minutes
- Video: Color
- Originally Released: 2003
- Label: National Music Rack
- Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
- English, French
- Subtitles - English, French
Performers, Cast and Crew:
|Starring||Will Ferrell & James Caan|
|Performer:||Zooey Deschanel, Mary Steenburgen, Ed Asner, Bob Newhart, Daniel Tay, Faizon Love, Peter Dinklage, Jon Favreau, Kyle Gass, Andy Richter & Amy Sedaris|
|Directed by||Jon Favreau|
|Screenwriting by||David Berenbaum|
|Composition by||John Debney|
|Produced by||Jon Berg, Todd Komarnicki & Shauna Robertson|
|Director of Photography:||Greg Gardiner|
|Executive Production by||Kent Alterman, Cale Boyter, Jimmy Miller & Julie Wixson Darmody|
Sure, Elf feels a little too feel-good at the end, but what do you expect? It's a Christmas movie! Anything else would be the cinematic equivalent of finding coal in your stocking. Full Review
...Mr. Favreau's direction has a relaxed, swinging rhythm...
New York Times
Will Ferrell's man-child in tights is a surprisingly affecting figure.
Sight and Sound
...ELF returns to the hip but warm-hearted spirit of SWINGERS....[With] sophisticated glee and a sense of innocent fun...
Los Angeles Times
The film soon bogs down in fake hugs and a fakier climax involving Santa (Ed Asner) and his downed sled. Full Review
The cast wrings laughs out of David Berenbaum's script as if it were a damp washcloth, but even they have trouble selling frenetic button-pushing as the Christmas spirit. Full Review
Simplicity. Goodness. Sugar-coated. Nostalgic. Maybe a little hokey at times. Endearing. Enchanting. Go celebrate Christmas a little early with Elf -- a new Christmas classic for the 21st century. Full Review
Behind The Lens
Will Ferrell makes yet another memorable splash on the big screen in Jon Favreau's sweet and hilarious Christmas fable. Ferrell is Buddy, an innocent figure who was raised as an elf in the North Pole by his adoptive father, Papa Elf (Bob Newhart). When Buddy discovers that he's actually a human being, he heads to New York City to reunite with his biological father. The trouble is that his dad, Walter (James Caan), is a publishing executive who doesn't have time for anything other than work. Buddy moves in with Walter and his family, and proceeds to teach them a lesson or two about what being a family really means. Meanwhile, he also falls head over heels in love with the incredibly cute department store clerk, Jovie (Zooey Deschanel). By the time Christmas Eve rolls around, the general lack of spirit in the air threatens to ground Santa for the big night. He must rely on Buddy's expertise and overall enthusiasm to ensure that Christmas will be saved once again. Favreau's film is family entertainment at its finest, featuring a performance by Ferrell that is at once innocent, tender, and laugh-out-loud funny. A stellar supporting cast--including Caan, Deschanel, Newhart, and Faizon Love--adds to the film's already overabundant charm.
- Original Theatrical Release: November 7, 2003
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