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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.
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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Berardinelli, Internet CriticFull 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 EbertFull 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 TodayFull 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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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
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.