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Elf (2003)

Elf (2003)

Elf (2003)

  • Directed by Jon Favreau
  • Starring Will Ferrell, James Caan, Bob Newhart, Zooey Deschanel, Mary Steenburgen, Peter Dinklage, Amy Sedaris
  • USA | 93mins | 2003 | rated (PG)

Approx advert and trailer run time: 25 mins


Film run time: 1hr 33m


There’s good reason that Elf tops so many people’s favourite Christmas film lists. The Will Ferrell-starring caper is still a hoot, 17 years later.

Ferrell is Buddy, a human who has been raised as an elf in Santa’s Grotto. Being so enormous next to his elven colleagues, he struggles to keep up with the toy-making pace, and eventually decides to leave the North Pole, and seek out his real family.

Things get hairy when he discovers his biological father in New York, a city that spectacularly fails at robbing Buddy of his childlike innocence. He falls for toy-store employee Jovie (Zooey Deschanel), a staunch lover of elf culture.

Transitioning to Big Apple life aside, our hero must also solve a seasonal crisis, when Santa is unable to deliver presents due to a huge lack of the Christmas cheer that he needs to power his sleigh.

Get down to The Odyssey for this yuletide remedy and discover your inner elf.