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on December 18, 2004
Elf is a brilliant combination of comedy and heartwarming christmas drama.
This film is a must watch! Having purchased Elf when it first came out (just one month ago) I have already seen it three times. It fills all of our cravings for a christmas movie by combining both the special effects from our childhood favourites (the snowman from Rudolph, for instance and the storybook narrative) as well as a few modern touches, without making it a "2003" film. I think that 10 years from now, the movie will not feel dated and will be just as enjoyable then as it is now.
Will Ferrell is a genius. Each time I rent one of his movies, I expect it to be sophomoric or stupid, and he fools me every time! "Buddy" the Elf is such a sweet, simple, endearing character and it could have gone very wrong. Rather than going for the cheap laugh and going far over the top, Will Ferrell never breaks character and makes Buddy into such a great character, that you wish that you really knew him. You will completely believe his naive, childlike demeanor and laugh when you recognize the same mistakes you may have made as a child, or silly stunts that kids do. I don't know if Will Ferrell has kids, but when he is calling for his dad to "tuck him in", he completely nailed it.
The movie is rounded out with an excellent cast...James Caan, Bob Newhart, Mary Steenburgen, Zoey Deschanel (who sings the most beautiful duet with Will Farrell!)...each of whom brings their own key elements to the movie.
This is a great Christmas movie that should be a part of everyone's holiday collection.
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on November 7, 2012
I love this movie because it's a really lighthearted, funny Christmas movie that is suitable for all ages. I have watched it over and over again and I never get sick of it. This movie will definitely put you in the Christmas spirit!
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on November 16, 2004
My expectations weren't particularly high going into see ELF, but it turned out to be one of my favorite movies of 2003. I have been waiting anxiously since it's theatre release for the DVD so that I could own this gem, and it doesn't disappoint. If you are looking for a movie that will deliver an excellent story with laughs that will split your sides... this is the one for you. Will Farrell is increadable as Buddy the adopted elf, and teh rest of the cast does a stellar job. This is going to become a Christmas staple in my househaold.
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on September 28, 2005
This is one of those movies with a perfect mixture. It's fun for both kids and adults. There are those quotes you think of a couple months after watching it, like "I like smiling, smiling is my favorite!" " 'You like sugar, huh?' 'Does syrup have sugar?' 'Yeeees...' 'Then yes!' You just have to laugh at elf! A great movie! I must say, though, this movie is a bit over priced at amazon. I bought it at Blockbuster for $12!!! I recommend buying at the store unless amazon lowers its price.
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on December 4, 2012
Love this movie. Uplifting, cute, funny, great music!
I will watch this movie over and over for years to come! Just wonderful!
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on November 5, 2015
Such a cute and sweet Christmas movie. It is one of my elderly mother favorite, I just wish it had Close caption, because mom is mostly deaf, and would love to be able to read the story line. I was very disappointed that it doesn't offer this.
If any one knows of a newer version that has close caption in English, please let me know.
Thank you
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on November 3, 2013
Along with an entertaining and informative commentary by Jon Faverau and Wil Farrell, there is a great special feature that's a terrific film school feature that basically shows you the many jobs on a film set and a description of what each job entails and how they all work together. Film sets are a testament to the saying "organized chaos."
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TOP 500 REVIEWERon December 18, 2014
Will Ferrell (Buddy Hobbs) plays a man with a spirit that is completely different from what his biological father Walter Hobbs (James Caan) would have hoped for him to be. The movie also gives a glimpse into the publishing industry because Walter Hobbs is shown working at a job that entails him spearheading the publishing of various books.
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on January 29, 2013
I remember when this movie first came out. I went to see it with my family in theatres and I didn't really want to. Then I saw it and it was truly delightful. I honestly have this on my list of essential Christmas movies and even enjoy watching it randomly throughout the year when I'm in need of a good, fun, feelgood movie.
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on June 15, 2004
Will Ferrell is the funniest guy out now maybe ever n this movie is the best one hes been in so far. If u like will ferrell than why wouldn't you like this???IDK....i can't wait for this dvd it's been a long time since i've seen a movie and i haven't seen a movie as funny as Elf since i've seen Elf.
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