July 25th, 2019 | Updated on July 20th, 2022
After discovering he is a human, a man raised as an elf at the North Pole decides to travel to New York City to locate his real father.
Buddy was a baby in an orphanage who stowed away in Santa’s sack and ended up at the North Pole. Later, as an adult human who happened to be raised by elves, Santa allows him to go to New York City to find his birth father, Walter Hobbs.
Hobbs, on Santa’s naughty list for being a heartless jerk, had no idea that Buddy was even born. Buddy, meanwhile, experiences the delights of New York City (and human culture) as only an elf can. When Walter’s relationship with Buddy interferes with his job, he is forced to reevaluate his priorities.
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Movie Reviews: “ELF”
Movie Review: The A.V. Club
Early in the mediocre holiday comedy Elf, as North Pole craftsmen busily prepare Monopoly sets and Etch-A-Sketches for kids on the “nice” list, two elves lament the decline of Christmas spirit in the modern world.
Apparently, one of them reports, many people think there’s no Santa Claus, and that parents really provide the toys on Christmas morning.
“Impossible!” the other one says. Like many moments in Elf, this exchange is meant to reassure children while casting a conspiratorial wink to the adults in the audience, but the joke is so transparent that it seems more likely to add to preteen disillusionment.
A kissing cousin to 1988’s notorious Scrooged–another Christmas fable that grapples with New York City cynicism–Elf clearly doesn’t believe the yuletide sentiments it’s peddling, which doesn’t affect the comedy but torpedoes the heartwarming ending.
The remainder of the film mostly hangs on Will Ferrell, whose wide-open face and amusingly gawky frame generally promise more laughs than he seems capable of delivering.
Movie Review: Tulsa World
Ferrell is winning as winsome ‘Elf’ Just the sight of the gangly man-child Will Ferrell in an elf suit — conical cap, green frock coat, yellow tights and curly-toed shoes — is enough to put all but the most black-hearted Scrooges among us in the Christmas spirit.
And hearing the drop-dead cute Zooey Deschanel in the shower crooning “Baby It’s Cold Outside,” while Ferrell sits on the sink singing counterpoint is one of those inspired moments of holiday sweetness that doesn’t make you feel the need to brush your teeth.
Those are just two of the small but sprightly pleasures of “Elf,” a budding Christmas evergreen laced with bracing doses of hipness and whimsy by director Jon Favreau (the guy who made his acting mark in the smart indie hit “Swingers” and debuted as a director with the edgy, disorganized crime comedy “Made”).
Movie Review: Abc News
Elf. It wasn’t the number one film the week it opened, but word of mouth was so good, it was number one in its second week. That almost never happens. But Will Farrell is why it did, and it should be no surprise that he is the latest of the Saturday Night Live comics to become a movie star. Families have discovered how funny and how well this little film tells its King-sized holiday message: the only size that counts is how big your heart is.
Brother Bear also recommended. Disney announced this will be one of their last, old-school, hand-drawn animated features. It’s still dazzlingly beautiful. Funny, too. Only five minutes of Looney Tunes Back In Action approaches the genius of the classic Bugs Bunny cartoons. My advice, turn on the cartoon channel and watch the real thing.
Wile E. Coyote is funny, but his co-star Steve Martin is funnier. That’s a review he’ll remember. Steve Martin. Funnier than Wile E. Coyote. And as for Mike Meyers as The Cat in the Hat — think Shrek meets Seuss. The movie is just like the book The fedora’d feline visits two bored kids and creates havoc.