Director: John Favreau
Cast: Will Ferrell, James Caan, Zooey Deschanel, Mary Steenburgen, Bob Newhart
Viewed in theaters: 11/8/03 and 11/28/03
I can pretty much recite the dialogue verbatim and have used many of the lines in my own life. Who haven't we called a "cotton-headed ninny muggins"? And I can proudly recite the four main food groups of elves: candy, candy canes, candy corn, and syrup.
Ferrell is infectious and has a childlike earnest as Buddy that you can see why he's so likable, but you can also see why people would get impatient with him! I loved the way they created the North Pole; very reminiscent of those classic holiday specials like Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer and Frosty the Snowman.
I'm not ashamed to tell people that I cry during Elf. The scene at the end where everyone is singing Santa Claus Is Comin' To Town so Santa's sleigh can run on Christmas spirit. That scene gets me every time. EVERY TIME!
The illustrated book about Buddy's journey from the North Pole to New York was really cute and I'm surprised they didn't make that as a real book as a tie-in with the movie. (Or did they?) I would have bought that!