Elf (2003)

JON FAVREAU

Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB

USA/Germany, 2003, .  Screenplay by .  Cinematography by .  Produced by , , .  Music by .  Production Design by .  Costume Design by .  Film Editing by Phoenix Film Critics Awards 2003.   

 plays a man who, as a baby, was accidentally carted off by Santa Claus () in his sack to the North Pole. When he arrived there, he was taken in by a kindly old elf () and raised to be a toymaker despite being six feet taller than everyone around him. Now that he has found out his human origins, he boards an ice floe and heads for New York City in search of his real father (). His happy-go-lucky attitude finds itself directly opposed to the witty cynicism of New York, and yet somehow he manages to not only survive but to make a family for himself, fall in love with a beautiful department store employee () and restore the Christmas spirit to the world (or at least Manhattan). This hilarious family film is the highest note in good holiday fun, and Ferrell’s performance is so delightful because it is not only very funny but very sincere. The sweet notes to this terrific comedy, directed by Swingers‘s (who also makes a cameo), only make the hijinks that much more meaningful.   is terrific as Caan’s lovely wife.

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