Elf

  • PG
  • Jon Favreau (2003)
  • US
  • 92 min
Elf
Film Review
Reviewed By
3 out of 5

Director Jon Favreau's sweet seasonal comedy relies entirely on the talents of Will Ferrell, who plays Buddy, a fully grown adult raised from a baby by Santa's little helpers. Now too clumsy and outsized - by elf standards - to assist with present creation and testing, Buddy discovers the existence of his birth father (James Caan in full-bore Scrooge mode) and heads for New York. Despite modern effects trickery that has created pint-sized toymakers and flying reindeer, this strives for the feel of vintage Disney through twee settings and storybook narration from Buddy's surrogate dad, Bob Newhart. Dressed in a snug green outfit throughout and dispensing decorations, sugary snacks and a beaming grin, Ferrell is the life and soul of an otherwise unexceptional Christmas celebration.

Plot Summary

Seasonal comedy fantasy starring Will Ferrell and James Caan. Raised by Santa's helpers at the North Pole, human infant Buddy matures into a strapping adult and outgrows his cramped surroundings. His resultant determination to find his real father, Walter, sends Buddy on an exciting trip to New York.

Cast and crew

Cast

Buddy
Will Ferrell
Walter
James Caan
Papa Elf
Bob Newhart
Santa
Edward Asner
Emily
Mary Steenburgen
Jovie
Zooey Deschanel
Michael
Daniel Tay
Fulton
Michael Lerner
Miles Finch
Peter Dinklage
Doctor
Jon Favreau
Polar bear cub
Ray Harryhausen
Leon the Snowman
Leon Redbone

Crew

Director
Jon Favreau

Other Information

Language: 
English
Colour
Theatrical distributor: 
Entertainment
Available on video, DVD and BluRay
Released 14 Nov 2003
Certificate PG
Distributor:
Entertainment in Video Ltd
Categories
Comedy
Drama