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Summary:
After inadvertently wreaking havoc on the elf community due to his ungainly size, a man raised as an elf at the North Pole is sent to the U.S. in search of his true identity. He ends up in Manhattan, trying to find his true parents.

Review:
Will Ferrell, known for his outrageous antics on Saturday Night Live and the movies Zoolander and Old School, returns in one of the funniest holiday movies ever made. Destined to become a holiday classic, Will Ferrell in Elf, proves why he is one of Hollywoods fastest rising comedians/actors. Ferrell portrays Buddy the Elf, who finally realizes he isn't like the other busy bees in Santa's workshop. Searching for his biological father he crosses lands filled with candy canes and gumdrops. After crossing the Lincoln Tunnel the laughs never stop. The most impressive thing about this movie is Will Ferrell's ability to stay in character and more or less become the character for the duration of the film. Some scenes/routines aren't insanely funny (slapstick), but you laugh out loud because Buddy the Elf is so believable. 

New screenwriter David Berenbaum adds all the right touches by keeping the film light and fresh while adding enough situational comedy to accentuate Will Ferrell comical talents. Even more impressive are the slew of funny sayings such as "cotton-headed ninny-muggins!" which are bound to find themselves in households nationwide this holiday season much like "Allll-righttyyy then" did after the Jim Carrey's Ace Ventura.

Jon Favreau deserves some praise for his wonderful direction and ability to effectively combine Ferrell's sugar-rush excitement and keep the warmth of the holiday season in the process.

Surely to tickle the funny bones of box office patrons nationwide this New Line Cinema Christmas comedy is destined to bring endless laughs for years to come. This is one of those rare family comedies where parents will want to see it just as much as their children.

See this movie if you're a fan of:

How the Grinch Stole Christmas (2000)

Will Ferrell (Actor/Comedian, Saturday Night Live, Old School, Zoolander)

The Cat in the Hat (2003)

Jon Favreau (Actor/Director, Made, Daredevil, Very Bad Things)

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Box Office Info:

Cast:
Will Ferrell (as Buddy)
James Caan (as Buddy's Biological Father)
Edward Asner (as Santa Claus)

Directed By: Jon Favreau
Written By: David Berenbaum
Produced By: New Line Cinema

Release Date (US): November 7, 2003

Length of Movie: 1h 35min

MPAA Rating: PG for some mild rude humor and language.

Filming Locations: Vancouver (Canada), New York City (NY)

Filming Dates: Dec. 9, 2002 - March 7, 2003

Budget: $33,000,000

Opening Weekend: $32,100,000

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1. Pennies From Heaven - Louis Prima
2. Sleigh Ride - Ella Fitzgerald
3. Let It Snow, Let It Snow, Let It Snow - Lena Horne
4. Sleigh Ride / Santa Claus Party - Ferrante And Teicher/Les Baxter
5. Baby It's Cold Outside - Leon Redbone/Zooey Deschanel
6. Jingle Bells - Jim Reeves
7. Nutcracker Suite - Brian Setzer
8. Christmas Island - Leon Redbone
9. Santa Baby - Eartha Kitt
10. Winter Wonderland - Leon Redbone
11. Santa Claus Is Coming To Town - Eddy Arnold
12. Nothing From Nothing - Billy Preston

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