Elf (2003)

Buddy the Elf's world is brought crashing down around him when he learns that he is a human, and not a real Elf, so he leaves the North Pole to track down his real father in New York City and starts on the adventure of a lifetime!

Our Rating: 9/10 - Ferrell's funniest film by miles
Watchability: 10/10 - Already a Christmas classic!!
Contributed By: RRJ
Tagline: This holiday, discover your inner elf.

Release Date: 2003-11-07
IMDb icon 6.9/10
  • Country: USA, Germany
  • Language: English
  • Runtime: 137
  • Budget: $33,000,000
  • Revenue: $173,398,518
  • Production: New Line Cinema
Will Ferrell
Will Ferrell
Buddy
James Caan
James Caan
Walter
Bob Newhart
Bob Newhart
Papa Elf
Edward Asner
Edward Asner
Santa
Mary Steenburgen
Mary Steenbur...
Emily
Zooey Deschanel
Zooey Deschan...
Jovie
Daniel Tay
Daniel Tay
Michael
Faizon Love
Faizon Love
Gimbel's Manager
Peter Dinklage
Peter Dinklag...
Miles Finch
Amy Sedaris
Amy Sedaris
Deb
Michael Lerner
Michael Lerne...
Fulton
Andy Richter
Andy Richter
Morris
Kyle Gass
Kyle Gass
Eugene
Artie Lange
Artie Lange
Gimbel's Santa
Leon Redbone
Leon Redbone
Leon the Snowman

Assuming that acclaimed writer Miles Finch is an elf, Buddy gets himself into a fight causing Miles to leave, with the money, and Walter shouts at his son. Buddy feels worthless and leaves, to wander around Central Park on his own.

The writing team find Miles Finch's notebook with all his ideas, but Walter leaves the office to find Buddy - and is fired by his boss.

Meanwhile, Santa has crash landed in the Park as the Christmas cheer meter has hit zero. Buddy stumbles across the sleigh, and helps to fix the engines.  Walter and Michael find Buddy and Santa, while the evil Park Rangers are closing in on them.  Walter pretends to be Santa to keep the Rangers busy, while Michael 'borrows' Santa's list and reads it aloud to a waiting news crew to help people believe once more.

Jovie remembers that 'the best way to spread Christmas cheer is by singing loud for all to hear' - so she gets the crowd singing and the Claus-meter jumps with power, the sleigh rockets into the sky and Santa can keep delivering presents.

In the near future, Walter starts his own publishing company and his first book, by a new writer about an Elf travelling to New York City, is a runaway success.  Buddy and Jovie marry, and have a little baby, and visit Papa Elf at the North Pole when they can.

 

 

 

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