Elf is a Christmas treat from 2003 which stars Will Ferrell, James Caan and Zooey Deschanel. Buddy the Elf discovers he is really a human and goes in search of his biological father.
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Buddy is a big elf with a big problem. He is a human that was accidentally brought to the North Pole and was raised by elves. When he finally discovers what he really is, he decides to find his biological father. He heads to New York City where his father, Walter, lives. Buddy has trouble adjusting to the “normal” human world and just tries to spread some Christmas cheer. While he finding his place, he makes friends with his new co-worker and his half-brother. But it is up to him to save Christmas when Santa crashes in Central Park. Can he raise enough Christmas cheer?
Thoughts on the Story
Will Ferrell does an amazing job as an elf or human who thinks that he is an elf. And the movie has spawned plenty of memes across the web. I am a cotton headed ninny-muggins and son of a nutcracker are two of my favourites. If you shout these out, everyone knows you are shouting about Elf. The movie has become a cult classic over the years. It was released at a time when Christmas movies were sappy and boring. This is funny, grown-up Christmas movie with plenty of tongue in cheeks references for the adults.
This is the perfect movie for the whole family, and you don’t have to watch it just at Christmas. Ok, it is a Christmas movie, but I could easily watch this in the middle of the summer if I needed a pick me up. This is one of Zooey Deschanel’s first roles and she works really well with Will Ferrell. But James Caan and his character Walter provide some of the funniest moments between father and son.