Directed By: Jon Favreau Starring: James Caan Will Ferrell

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New Christmas Classic

on 5/28/2012

This is a very entertaining movie that has become a classic for me. It's not something that I could watch over and over again , but it works for a once a year tradition. The plot is original and Will Farrel did an excellent job acting in this movie.

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One of the best Christmas movies ever!

on 12/28/2012

Funny every time you watch it. Good family film and good spirited movie.

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This hilarious film tells the tale of a young orphan child who mistakenly crawls into santa's bag of gifts on christmas eve and is transported back to the north pole and raised as an elf. Years later buddy learns he's not really an elf and goes on a journey to new york city to find his true identity.


Studio New Line
SKU 40246756
UPC 794043716829
UPC 14 00794043716829
Format DVD
Release Date 9/8/2009
Rating Rating
Family (General)
New York City
Santa Claus
Theatrical Release
Editors Note
Note 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.
Variety "...A disarming holiday comedy....The sweet-natured outsider fantasy neither skimps on nor overplays its sentimentality..." 10/27/2003 p.30
Los Angeles Times "...ELF returns to the hip but warm-hearted spirit of SWINGERS....[With] sophisticated glee and a sense of innocent fun..." 11/07/2003 p.C1
New York Times "...Mr. Favreau's direction has a relaxed, swinging rhythm..." 11/07/2003 p.E8
Entertainment Weekly "...The disarming comedic tone -- silly and novel in its lack of cynicism -- is driven by the fearless, cheerful unself-consciousness of Will Ferrell..." 11/14/2003 p.94-5
Rolling Stone "...There's a devil of comedy in Ferrell, and he lets it out to play..." 11/27/2003 p.103
Total Film "...Ferrell and Favreau have engendered enough goodwill to allow for a finale that glows like winter coals. A gleeful, cracked fairytale..." 12/01/2003 p.103
Sight and Sound "Will Ferrell's man-child in tights is a surprisingly affecting figure." 12/31/2003 p.42-3
Chicago Sun-Times "This is one of those rare Christmas comedies that has a heart, a brain and a wicked sense of humor, and it charms the socks right off the mantelpiece." 11/07/2003 p.37
Jon Favreau
James Caan
Will Ferrell
Cast & Crew
Amy Sedarisw David - Actor
Bob Newhart - Actor
Dan Lebental - Editor
David Berenbaum - Writer
Edward Asner - Actor
Greg Gardiner - Cinematographer
James Caan - Actor
John Debney - Musical Score
Jon Berg - Producer
Jon Favreau - Director
Mary Steenburgen - Actor
Todd Komarnicki - Producer
Will Ferrell - Actor
Zooey Deschanel - Actor
Technical Info
Original Release Date 2003
Catalog ID 7168
UPC 00794043716829
Number of Discs 2
Running Time 95 minutes
Color Color
Original Language English
Available Audio Tracks English, Spanish Dubbed
Aspect Ratio
Standard  1.33:1 [4:3]
MTV Award (2004) Will Ferrell , Nominee, Best Comedic Performance
ReviewSource James Berardinelli's ReelViews
Review Elf is being hailed in some quarters as the next great Christmas classic. The people making such a p
Reviewer James Berardinelli
ReviewRating 6
ReviewSource Rolling Stone
Review OK, yuk. But Ferrell makes the damn thing work. Even though he can't get naked or use naughty words,
Reviewer Peter Travers
ReviewRating 7
DVD, Pan and Scan (TV Format), Widescreen, Aspect Ratio 1.85:1, Spanish
Product Attributes
Actor Ferrell,Will
Label Turner Home Entertainment
Music Format DVD
Video Format DVD
Mick LaSalle, San Francisco Chronicle ...a film for kids and adults that's both sweet and sardonic
Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times ...has a heart, a brain and a wicked sense of humor, and it charms the socks right off the mantelpiece.

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