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At Theaters: 11/7/2003 On Video: 11/16/2004
Rated: PG Length: 1 hr. 37 min.
Internet: Web Site Movie ID: 419974
Studio: New Line Cinema
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One Christmas Eve, a small baby at an orphanage crawled into Santa's bag of toys, only to go undetected and accidentally carried back to Santa's workshop in the North Pole. Though he was quickly taken under the wing of a surrogate father and raised to be an elf, as he grows to be three sizes larger than everyone else, it becomes clear that Buddy will never truly fit into the elf world.
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Movie Type (Genre) Heading
Comedy - A very lighthearted, fun movie with the type of humor that appeals to virtually everyone. As the previews indicate, it is a silly movie, but fortunately it's a fun and entertaining silly, not a stupid silly.
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Cast and Crew Heading
Will Ferrell OLD SCHOOL, ZOOLANDER, SUPERSTAR, DICK
James Caan THE YARDS, WAY OF THE GUN, MICKEY BLUE EYES
Zooey Deschanel ABANDON, THE GOOD GIRL, THE NEW GUY
Mary Steenburgen LIFE AS A HOUSE
Director: Jon Favreau MADE
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About The Production
About The Production (Continued)
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Content Heading
PROFANITY: 1 Hell, 1 Damn and 1 Pissed is all the profanity.
SEX/NUDITY: None
VIOLENCE: None
DRUGS/ALCOHOL: None
ACTION: None
COMEDY: LOTS of very funny scenes that everyone should enjoy.
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Berardinelli, Internet Critic Full Review
Above Average ...the movie's appeal is limited, and, in the end, just about the only thing Elf has going for it is the time of year when it's being released. For those who are desperate to take their kids to a holiday-themed flick, pickings are slim, and that's probably the only reason Elf won't sink like a rock at the box office.

Roger Ebert Full Review
Good I thought it would be clunky, stupid and obvious, like The Santa Clause 2 or How the Grinch Stole Christmas. It took me about 10 seconds of seeing Will Ferrell in the elf costume to realize how very wrong I was. 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.

USA Today Full Review
Average ...the story is so derivative that a couple of moderately savvy middle-schoolers could have written it after a quick review of formulaic movies such as The Santa Clause or Jingle All the Way. Because this is a holiday movie, it has to provide the requisite number of sentimental messages about the true meaning of Christmas. Elf satisfies the quota. Its message is unobjectionable, and there are a few laughs to be had, but too much of Elf is like Buddy's favorite meals: syrupy sweet.

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Opinion Heading

Based on an Exit Polling of 128 Moviegoers

Ages Age Group
How
Many
Your Probability of
Enjoying This Movie
*
Would
Recommend
Movie To Friends
13-19Teens (M)
15
Very High
100%
13-19Teens (F)
34
Very High
100%
20-29Yg Adults (M)
15
Very High
100%
20-29Yg Adults (F)
18
Very High
100%
30+Adults (M)
16
Very High
100%
30+Adults (F)
30
Very High
100%
*Possible Ratings: Very High, High, Fairly High, About 50/50, Fairly Low, Low, Very Low.

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OPINION OVERVIEW
The following is the original "What's Worth Watching" write-up for this movie.

Moviegoer Opinions:

WHAT A SUPRISE HIT! Who would have ever guessed ELF would be so entertaining to such a wide audience. This is diffently a holiday family movie not to be missed! GO SEE ELF!


D ETAILED S TORYLINE
This holiday season, discover your inner elf!

One Christmas Eve, a long time ago, a small baby at an orphanage crawled into Santa's bag of toys, only to go undetected and accidentally carried back to Santa's workshop in the North Pole. Though he was quickly taken under the wing of a surrogate father and raised to be an elf, as he grows to be three sizes larger than everyone else, it becomes clear that Buddy (Will Ferrell) will never truly fit into the elf world. What he needs is to find his real family. This holiday season, Buddy decides to find his true place in the world and sets off for New York City to track down his roots.

Although Buddy experiences a world he never knew existed, he quickly learns that life in the big city is not all ice skating and sugarplums, and he finds himself as much an outsider there as back in the North Pole. Buddy seeks out his real father, Walter (James Caan), a workaholic publisher of children's books with a place on Santa's "naughty" list. Walter doesn't believe Buddy is who or what he says he is; in fact, the only thing Walter believes in with any certainty is the bottom line. Buddy also discovers a new mom (Mary Steenburgen), and learns he has a ten-year-old half-brother (Daniel Tay) who doesn't believe in Christmas or elves or Santa. In fact, everyone seems to have forgotten the true meaning of Christmas.

With the holiday season fast approaching, Buddy takes it upon himself and his earnest elf ways to win over his family, realize his destiny and, ultimately, save Christmas for New York and the world.

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