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Uh oh. It looks like 470 people need to sing a Christmas Carol!
Elf has some interesting things going for it, but blows at least some of them for gags involving Will Farrell man-child comedy. The North Pole's retro Rankin-Bass look and animal sidekicks, for example, fall flat and serve no purpose. If the film paid tribute more overtly to other holiday classics, there might be something to it. As it is, it's in the same vein as The Santa Clause (though in reverse), a sometimes sweet, fish out of water story with a cute lead character who ends up saving Christmas with spirit and sincerity. Now if only Buddy the (adopted human) Elf didn't have to be so dumb as well. Being raised as an elf has apparently stunted his development to the point where he acts like a silly 6-year-old basically, and a little of that goes a long way. I'll call it inoffensive and leave it at that.
Had no expectations to this one, was pleasently surprised. A good, warm and cheerful Christmas movie with a really great performance by Will Ferrel!
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This movie ranks #429 in The 21st Century's Most Acclaimed Films
This movie ranks #680 in All-Time Worldwide Box office