Elf

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Overview

For his sophomore stab at directing, actor/writer/director Jon Favreau Swingers, Made, took on this holiday comedy starring Saturday Night Live-alum Will Ferrell. Ferrell stars as Buddy, a regular-sized man who was raised as an elf by Santa Claus Edward Asner. When the news is finally broken to Buddy that he's not a real elf, he decides to head back to his place of birth, New York City, in search of his biological family. Elf also stars James Caan, Mary Steenburgen, Zooey ...
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Overview

For his sophomore stab at directing, actor/writer/director Jon Favreau Swingers, Made, took on this holiday comedy starring Saturday Night Live-alum Will Ferrell. Ferrell stars as Buddy, a regular-sized man who was raised as an elf by Santa Claus Edward Asner. When the news is finally broken to Buddy that he's not a real elf, he decides to head back to his place of birth, New York City, in search of his biological family. Elf also stars James Caan, Mary Steenburgen, Zooey Deschanel, and Bob Newhart.
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Special Features

Commentaries by Will Ferrell and Jon Favreau; Deleted/alternate scenes; Behind-the-scenes: Tag along with Will Ferrell; Film school for kids; How they made the North Pole; Lights, camera, puffin!; That's a wrap; Kids on Christmas; Deck the halls; Santa mania; Christmas in Tinseltown; Elf karaoke; Theatrical trailer
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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Donald Liebenson
It's not easy to make a Christmas classic. For every A Charlie Brown Christmas and Miracle on 34th Street, there are countless films that put special effects where their hearts ought to be. Elf is a rare exception. With genuine charm and the immense likability of its star, Elf gives holiday cheer a good name. Will Ferrell stars as Buddy, a human raised by elves at the North Pole. But the over-six-foot-tall Buddy literally does not fit in, and he ventures to New York via the seven levels of the Candy Cane forest, the sea of swirly, twirly gum drops, and the Lincoln Tunnel where he is reunited with Walter, his biological father James Caan, a children's book editor, who was not aware of Buddy's existence. Clad in yellow tights and a whimsical elfin coat, Buddy's childlike enthusiasm for all things sugar and all things Christmas converts cynics like Walter, melts the heart of Jovie indie queen Zooey Deschanel, a wary department store clerk, and inspires the faith that is needed to power Santa's sleigh. There are warm and wonderful scenes, including Buddy and Jovie's impromptu duet of "Baby, It's Cold Outside," and Buddy's inevitable tangle with a department store Santa "You sit on a throne of lies," Buddy tells the imposter. The supporting cast is another of this film's gifts that keeps on giving: Mary Steenburgen as Walter's very understanding wife; Bob Newhart as Walter's adoptive elf father; Ed Asner as Santa; and real-life dwarf Peter Dinklage as an author who doesn't much appreciate Buddy's mistaking him for one of Santa’s helpers.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/28/2008
  • UPC: 794043123467
  • Original Release: 2003
  • Rating:

  • Source: New Line Home Video
  • Presentation: Wide Screen
  • Sound: Dolby AC-3 Surround Sound
  • Time: 1:34:00
  • Format: Blu-ray
  • Sales rank: 35,752

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Will Ferrell Buddy
Ed Asner Santa
James Caan Walter
Mary Steenburgen Emily
Bob Newhart Papa Elf
Zooey Deschanel Jovie
Daniel Tay Michael
Faizon Love Gimbels Manager
Peter Dinklage Miles Finch
Amy Sedaris Deb
Michael Lerner Fulton
Andy Richter Morris
Jon Favreau Doctor
Kyle Gass
Leon Redbone Voice Only
Technical Credits
Jon Favreau Director, Screenwriter
Kent Alterman Executive Producer
David Berenbaum Screenwriter
Jon Berg Producer
Cale Boyter Executive Producer
Jim Brebner Asst. Director
John Debney Score Composer
Toby Emmerich Executive Producer
Susie Farris Casting
Greg Gardiner Cinematographer
David B. Householter Co-producer
Johanne Hubert Set Decoration/Design
Kelvin Humenny Art Director
David Husby Sound/Sound Designer
Todd Komarnicki Producer
Dan Lebental Editor
Jimmy Miller Executive Producer
Shauna Robertson Producer
Laura Jean Shannon Costumes/Costume Designer
Rusty Smith Production Designer
Shauna Weinberg Producer
Julie Wixon Executive Producer
Julie Wixson-Darmody Executive Producer
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Customer Reviews

Average Rating 4.5
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  • Posted December 27, 2011

    A holiday classic for adults and kids!

    Awesome movie! Will Ferril plays the role of an orphan, named Buddy, who gets raised by (Christmas) elves in the north pole. Buddy has never quite fit in...and he begins to realize that he isn't an elf. As the story goes on, Buddy goes to New York City to try and find his real dad.(He is looked at a litte strangely, with his elf suit and crazy personality!)

    I would reccommend this movie to anyone in the mood for innocent fun and lots of laughs:)

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  • Posted December 6, 2011

    He's No Angry Elf!

    Have you ever wanted to see something non-realistic that becomes realistic? Well stop looking because it has been found! It¿s the movie Elf! This movie was great because it was funny, cheerful, and entertaining. The main character is Will Ferrell and James Caan. This movie is about a baby who was born into orphanage and snuck into Santa Claus¿s bag on Christmas Eve. Santa brought him home and made him an elf, even though he is a human. He is over 20 years old now and still thinks he¿s an elf. He finally finds out and goes searching for his real dad in New York City, but has some conflict along the way and with his dad. This movie teaches you to basically not to judge a book by its cover. There is a lot of cheerful, original, and Christmas-y songs all throughout the movie. This movie was so funny because he still thinks he¿s an elf through the whole movie until the end. The movie had a part when Will Ferrell, ¿Buddy¿, was decorating a store for Santa because the boss thought that he worked there because of the way he dressed, but he didn¿t. The really early morning he heard music coming from the shower, so he went to go check it out. There was a worker that he met, Jovie, in the girls¿ locker room in the shower and he was sitting on the sink singing with her. She heard him and she yelled at him to not look at her and get out. He put his hands over his eyes and started running toward the door and ran straight into the lockers. This movie really captures the spirit of Christmas. It has cheerful music, people, and so much more. Everyone is all nice, weird, and of course cheerful. Well almost anyone. The music is all original Christmas songs that everyone knows. The further you go in the movie the more cheerful it gets. The reason why this movie is entertaining is because of everything in it. It¿s about Christmas, which everyone loves, and it¿s hilarious! If you like funny, cheerful, and entertaining Christmas movies then this would be your favorite one. I would recommend this movie to everyone. I hope you enjoy this movie if you watch it.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    I Also Recommend:

    Elf

    Elf by Jon Favreau
    Elf is my favorite holiday movie. A playful , naïve elf played by Will Farrell leaves the north pole to search for his real dad in New York city, who turns out to be a hard hearted children's book editor played by James Caan. Elf spends his time spreading Christmas cheer and attempting to win the love of his father. On Christmas Eve his father has a change of heart and just in time to save Christmas New York City is invigorated with a dose of Christmas spirit. This is one of those movies that's full of quote-ables, and sing-ables. It's memorable, uplifting and heart-warming. Thanks to Jon Favreau for this quintessential holiday classic!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Christmas Classic

    Watch the movie, put away your logic, and enjoy a Christmas fairy tale. I think this could become a classic.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Enduringly Original

    This is one of the best christmas movies that I've ever seen in years. Will Ferrell is hysterically lovable. James Caan, Zooey Deschanel, Mary Steenburgen, Ed Asner & Bob Newhart complete an extremely talented supporting cast. Jon Favreau is a talented force to reckoned with, and I hope he continues to direct more movies in the future. I'm looking forward to this modern classic taking its' place to be one of the popular christmas films in movie history.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Knocking this one down a peg.

    What the hell is this infantile mess? How on earth could anyone over the age of five actually enjoy this movie? This is a film that I would expect from a first time director (just like Napoleon Dynamite, but that actually was from a first time director). Within the first thirty minutes of this film, the viewer finds him or herself lost in how boring and monotonous Will Ferrel's acting is. Let's be honest, do you ever see Will Ferrel act in variation to the oaf-ish goof persona? Do you ever see him widening his range and playing in a serious role? No, you don't. He plays the same kind of character in every single thing he does and that's what takes the entertainment out of this film. This movie is like watching an SNL Christmas Special with Will Ferrel as the main actor. He has no variety, no diversity, and without a speck of change in sight, can he really be called a respectable actor? Completely amateur directing, writing, and acting makes for an E-rated movie

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    HA HA HA

    Elf was hilarious! When Buddy thought the heating thing was a monster I couldn't breathe at how hard I laughed! And how he was not a great elf, and how he threw the snowballs like crazy! The movie made me laugh so hard I thought I would throw up. When he's in the store window and bangs on it calling Dad, that was funny how his dad (James Caan is a good actor also) ignored him, and how he bought his dad sleep wear for women because it read that special someone. Will Ferrell is my favorite actor ever, next to Johnny Depp.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    good video!!!!

    I like Elf becuse Its so funny.It made me laugh a lot.if your looking for a funny video buy this one.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 24, 2004

    OUTSTANDING !

    A wonderful film for both adults and childern. My 11 year old niece and I laughed so hard it brought tears to our eyes!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Elf Rocks My Socks!

    I love Elf! I have been waiting all year for it to come out and I absolutely love it! Everyone should watch Elf, it puts you in the mood for Chritmas.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Destined to be a classic

    Will Ferrell is hilarious. This movie is great for all ages, and is destined to become a Christmas Favorite.

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