Elf (2003)

Comedy • PG • Directed by: Jon Favreau • 97 minutes

One Christmas Eve a long time ago, a baby crawled into Santa's bag of toys... Raised as an elf, Buddy grows into an adult three times larger than the biggest elf--and realizes that he will never truly fit in at the North Pole. This holiday season, Buddy goes looking for his true place in the world--in New York City. Buddy finds his workaholic father…who's on Santa's "naughty" list, a new mother and a 10-year-old brother who doesn't believe in Santa Claus or elves. Here, now, Buddy discovers his destiny…to save Christmas for New York and the world! Starring Golden Globe and Emmy Award-nominee Will Ferrell ("Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby," TV's "Saturday Night Live"), Academy Award, Golden Globe and Emmy Award-nominee James Caan ("The Godfather," "Funny Lady"), Golden Globe-winner and Emmy Award-nominee Bob Newhart (TV's "Newhart," "Legally Blonde 2: Red, White & Blonde"), Golden Globe and Emmy Award-winner Edward Asner (TV's "Lou Grant," "JFK"), Academy Award and Golden Globe-winner Mary Steenburgen ("The Brave One," "Melvin and Howard") and Zooey Deschanel ("Almost Famous," "Failure to Launch").

Viewer reviews

Love this movie!!!
★★★★★
Love, love, love this movie. It’s full of the Christmas spirit and very funny, as well. Highly recommended to anyone!!! — Jay-Cee88

Ryan
★★★★★
Gt — seefuvykzyuv

I love this movie
★★★★★
🦄🦄🦄🦄🦄🦄🦄❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️💙💙💙💙💙💙💙💛💛💛💛💛💛💛💜💜💜💜💜💚💚💚💚💚💚💖💖💖💖💖💖 — SoGAmomx2

Will Ferrell - Elf
★★★★★
Just a great pic for the whole family during the holidays. — playitbetter

Can't Stand this Movie!!!
★★★★
Probably one of the worst Christmas comedies I've ever seen. It past, the "stupid funny" into so ridiculous it's painful to watch. If you like this sort of thing more power too you! — DBA TATTOO

Elf
★★★★
It was really funny — rabbit3738

Good movie!!
★★★★★
✌🏻 — Sy123345

Funniest Christmas movie
★★★★★
Maybe not the best Christmas movie, but def the funniest! — Musiclovrrrr

Really fun game for kids and dogs kids
★★★★★
I don’t think I’m a fan but the kids are going home — Tyler gilert

Excellent
★★★★★
Issa movie — Swagreninja

Elf
★★★★★
I love this movie this is my favorite Christmas movie. — 😍bella😍

LOVE ☃️LOVE🎅🏻LOVE THIS MOVIE SO MUCH!!
★★★★★
We LOVE THIS MOVIE!! My family and I watch it multiple times a year, and sometimes even well after or before the holidays. 💚 — Kat-sites

hahahahahahaaha
★★★★★
its great — Simpsons and Family guy

Best Christmas Movie Ever
★★★★★
This is one of the best holiday movie ever. If you hate this movie, then your probably not human. — Edelika

The elf
★★★★★
I love your Movie it is awesome and incredible i love you guys — gaxson

LOVE IT
★★★★★
It is my favorite Christmas movie!! SO FUNNY!! 😂💩 It gets me into to the Christmas spirit. — Qowardlygoose23

This movie is great
★★★★★
This movie is great, funny, and fun. I love this movie a lot. I love all of the characters in this movie. I love Will Ferreal as Buddy in this movie. It is a great holiday christmas movie. It is one of my all time favorite movies ever. — KbCheetah

What?
★★★★★
After hearing so many good things about this movie, I finally decided to give it a shot. Was this supposed to be a comedy? It wasn't funny. I didn't laugh or smile once. — KaliniuS

This is what's wrong with the world
★★★★
There are different tastes in comedy. Some stuff I find funny, you may not. And vise-versa. BUT, the "humor" in this movie is simply dives below "child-ish" gags, and enters a new realm of stupidity. It's not funny. It's not cute. Nothing is even executed well. This movie is absolutely the worst and most miserable film I have ever sat through. I'd rather watch all of Adam Sandler's terrible hack-fraud films than rewatch this pathetic piece of garbage. It's a waste of time, money, and brain-cells. If you enjoy this; you are what's wrong with this planet. Period. P.S. I never even cracked a smile. Nothing in this film is remotely related to humor. — Cap-A1995

Funny
★★★★★
Funny funny funny funny funny funny funny funny funny funny funny funny funny funny — Fireball_Gamer10

So funny
★★★★★
Elf is so funny so crazy and smilie — Gator14hodgman

I LOVE IT
★★★★★
Ok so once I heard my mom and dad playing "Elf" and I yelled at the top of my longs "MOM DAD WHY ARE YOU PLAYING ELF WITHOUT ME" but I don't think they heard — Zoey G. DellaVecchia

We didn't watch it to the end...
★★★★
Stopped after 30 minutes, I guess it's not our favorites... — LeFrenchFab

Love this movie
★★★★★
This is such a great and funny movie I love it so much and I wish I could download it but I don't have enough storage😔 but I still love this movie so much!!!!❤️ — Alexiscarson66

HILARIOUS!
★★★★★
Every year during the holidays my family watches this movie at least three times and they never get bored of it. Great movie year-round. I love it when Buddy calls himself a "cottonheaded ninnymuggins"! Elf=Classic Christmas Comedy! WATCH THIS MOVIE! — Reedstar of RiverClan 🐱🐱

Elf is a wonderful holiday movie
★★★★★
Perfect festive movie but fun to watch anytime. — ColorBlnd

This movie is the BEST
★★★★★
This is the BEST movie EVER! My family and I always watch it on Christmas Eve. We laugh it is the BOMB! Will Farrell does a great job in acting — Nuttygan

Christmas Can Come Anytime for You
★★★★★
12/3/16 Son of a nutcracker, there are so many Christmas movies out there! One that’s great for Christmas (or any time of the year) if Elf. We open with a story book, learning about elves. They have very limited job options and love to tell stories, especially Papa Elf (Bob Newhart), who tells us the story of a human he adopted and raised as an elf: Buddy (Will Ferrell). After seeing Buddy accidentally end up in the North Pole, we get a quick montage of him being raised, then he joins the elf workforce and learns his true parentage. After a talk with Santa (Ed Asner), Buddy sets out to meet his father Walter Hobbs (James Caan). Along the way, he discovers a whole new world: the real world. Whether he runs into coffee shops to congratulate them or just runs around in a revolving door, Buddy expresses all our inner childs, and is an example of what happens when we let our inner child run unchecked. The movie wastes no time getting started, and once it gets started, it’s non-stop laughter and heart, and coherently tells the story of Buddy coming home to his. The contrast between the North Pole and New York City is hilarious and obvious, whether it’s the motion-capture buddies of Buddy reminiscent of Rankin-Bass Christmas specials compared to New Yorkers and their realistic attitudes, or Buddy’s sense of discovery. We get more than laughs, but a genuinely warm story of a father and son reunited, and with the focus on Buddy and Walter, we truly get to care about Buddy’s dilemma and Walter’s reluctance and confusion. John Debney’s score, combined with other Christmas music are the best way to spread Christmas cheer, so let’s sing it loud for all to hear! The dialogue is loud and clean for all to hear, and the laughs keep coming. Elf is the perfect Christmas movie for the family, like a live-action Pixar movie, balancing hilarious humor with a legitimate character story. This movie goes on my nice list for perfect Christmas movies and movies in general! You did it! Congratulations! Great job everybody who worked on this movie! It’s great to know you did this! Thanks! 12/21/13 Merry Christmas movie fans. As an early present, you get, Elf, starring Will Ferrell. While it may seem juvenile to some, there is an authentic and real plot to it. We get the likes of Buddy the elf as a main character. He's a human raised by elves, and now he seeks his human father, who is a money grubbing bleep on the naughty list. Throughout, we see Buddy meet the real world. It reminds me of Don Quixote in that Buddy is thought of as "insane." While sounding childish, (there is childish humor in this one) the way they tell the story is so grand, and you really get to care for these characters. The difference between the North Pole and New York are black and white, with elves so much smaller than Buddy, and stop-motion animals, then when you get to New York, it feels like real life. That is how it should be with a family comedy like this. John Debney provides a charming score, even if most of it is Christmas tunes, there's still a feeling of authenticity to it. Elf is Will Ferrell's best movie ever, and has stood the test of time by a decade, and will stand for decades to come. — Fan of SHIELD

Great for all ages!!!
★★★★★
I really enjoyed this movie! I liked it so much it has now become a staple in my Christmas mist watch movie collection! Everyone will enjoy this great holiday film. — Dhenricksen22

Elf!!!
★★★★★
Elf is the best movie ever!! I LOVE it!!!!if you have not seen it, you should go see it, it's the BEST!!!!!!!! Not kidding it's THE BEST!!!!!!!! LOVE IT!! — Sommer.wasel

I LOVE THIS
★★★★★
this movie is my fav movie and I watch it like every day 😂 it's my all time favorite movie ❤️❤️ it's so funny and great for all family's!! — Theenateblack

best movie ever
★★★★★
This movie never gets old. It's for all ages and can be watched multiple times without getting bored. Family favorite. If you have never seen this movie I sincerely feel bad for you. — TashH2O

Awesome
★★★★★
Great movie — tacogy3

Number 1 movie
★★★★★
I watch this movie every 25th of the month. And when I'm in a bad mood. Or when I'm bored. This movie is just one of my favorite things.. In life. Hands down number one movie of all time. — Jracer234

LOVE
★★★★★
I honestly love this movie to death and had at least watched it no joke 20 times. One of my favorites for sure! — Sophamariah

Love it!
★★★★★
Will Ferrell at his best. I love it! What a good way to spend Christmas Eve!😍so funny — It was addicting

EVEN SUMMER
★★★★★
OMG!!!! I just got $40 on iTunes and I forgot all about THAT YOU CAN BUY MOVIES! So I went to see if "elf" was on here and there it was I LOVE😍❣ this movie so much I literally memorized the whole thing! I even watch it in the summer! It's great for the whole family🙃👍🏼👨‍👩‍👧‍👦 I hope you like it as much as I do! — Maddiemacks

Awesome movie!!
★★★★★
This is a really good movie. It's super funny and kids and adults will enjoy this movie. — Luv yourself 💗💗💗💗

Quite possibly...
★★★★★
One of the greatest Christmas movies of all time. Will Ferrell is outstanding and hilarious as Buddy the Elf. He is filled with so much joy and happiness that it makes you wonder why there aren’t any people around like him, or at least make you there was. Anyway, always recommend this movie to anyone who wants to have a little Christmas Spirit and/or just wants a good laugh. Enjoy! — JosiahMagnet

Really silly holiday fun !
★★★★★
I watched it for the first time the other day (2015) , it really is a family friendly and truly funny holiday movie. — booboostrips

Who doesn't like this movie?
★★★★★
This movie is truly one of the best Christmas movies of all time, nothing gets better than this. — Chipper154

My favorite holiday movie... ever!! :):)
★★★★★
"Elf", a movie centering around a human who is raised by elves in the North Pole, was hilarious!! There were so many funny scenes that I can't pick a favorite! And even though it was made in 2008, I still love it today! I'm a little late in getting a review in, but for the holidays, "Elf" is a must watch this Christmas!! — AdriCollie

LOVE Elf!
★★★★★
So I watch this movie every year around Christmas (not on Christmas, that's polar express 😕) and it's probably my favorite Christmas movie ever! — Anna Fuertes

Best
★★★★★
This movie is one of the greats and I love watching it every year with my family!! Best movie ever..!! — Erin53123

BEST MOVIE EVER!!
★★★★★
I watch this movie everyday, Even when it's not Christmas! It's my favorite movie EVER! — Therobloxgurl35

This Movie Is Amazing
★★★★★
I love this movie and so do my kids. It's a great family movie. I watch it with my kids and husband every Christmas — Lol review with u

Wow
★★★★★
Love this movie my all time favorite Christmas movie — Aubeygurl

Great for kids !!!!!
★★★★★
This movie is very good for entertaining little kids about the ages 1-11. My cousin watched this amazing movie about santa's helper the elf . Afterwards she begged for a elf on the self . 4 weeks later she got one and named it buddy! This is a great heartfully made movie !!!!! (P.S. Don't go writing bad reviews if you haven't seen the movie thats just rude and mean !!!! Watch the movie on tv or netflixs before buying or commenting !) ~ Jessica the movie review > have a wonderful day ! — Kayleyreview101

Boo!
★★★★
On sale for 9.99 and it is Full Screen. 1980 called and they want their format back! — swh2o

Worst movie ever
★★★★
If I could put zero stars…Worst movie ever. — urjokin