"Peter Billingsley, who plays the lead Ralphie role in A Christmas Story, has an adult role in Elf.)
The script goes over the top a bit sometimes, resulting in cringeworthy moments for me, but it is harmless and easily forgiven. There is wit, pathos and sight gags galore. I like the chemistry between Will Farrell and Zooey, and it is a treat to have national treasures Ed Asner and Bob Newhart leading off the film as Santa and the Papa elf. James Caan and Mary Steenburgen are credible as Elf’s "
"_**Destined to be played on TV every Christmas the rest of your life**_
Released in 2003 and directed by Jon Favreau, "Elf" is a Christmas dramedy/fantasy starring Will Farrell as an orphaned infant who stows away on Santa Claus' sleigh and isn't discovered until he's at the North Pole, where he's adopted by Papa Elf and named Buddy. After growing up as an elf, he travels to New York City to meet his father (James Caan) and starts a relationship with his neglected younger half-brother. He als"
"trope, with a character out of his element trope, crossed with one of the most annoyingly positive characters of all time trope.
Ultimately, it's a sweet, hear warming story that really captures the spirit of family, Christmas, and togetherness.
It also captures all of the insanity Will Ferrell can conjure up for his character, basically as if he wrote a SNL Christmas special and just rode rough shod over the other actors.
The cast does a wonderful job of backing up Will Ferrell, but th"