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Cast & Crew
- Zooey Dechanel
- Kyle Gass
- Jon Favreau
- Jon Berg
- Shauna Robertson
- Shauna Weinberg
- Todd Komarnicki
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For his sophomore stab at directing, actor/writer/director Jon Favreau (Swingers, Made), took on this holiday comedy starring Saturday Night Live-alum Will Ferrell. Ferrell stars as Buddy, a regular-sized man who was raised as an elf by Santa Claus (Edward Asner). When the news is finally broken to Buddy that he's not a real elf, he decides to head back to his place of birth, New York City, in search of his biological family. Elf also stars James Caan, Mary Steenburgen, Zooey Deschanel, and Bob Newhart.
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Owen Gleiberman, Entertainment Weekly
A disarmingly funny holiday comedy.– Full review
Richard Luck, Film4
The sentiment gets a little sticky towards the end, but many will consider this the perfect antidote to traditional Christmas fare -- especially those with a fondness for Ferrell's comedy.– Full review
Urban Cinefile Critics, Urban Cinefile
Most will relate to its Christmas spirit, and there's unlikely to be a dry eye in the house during the emotional climax.– Full review
Mark Kermode, Guardian [UK]
The result is a turkey.– Full review
J. R. Jones, Chicago Reader
The film soon bogs down in fake hugs and a fakier climax involving Santa (Ed Asner) and his downed sled.– Full review
Anna Smith, Empire Magazine
Ferrell's man-child invites sympathy and sniggers, making this amusing despite some flimsy plotting. Sight gags and a Santa-centred story should keep the kids happy, too.– Full review
Trevor Johnston, Time Out
Some humour might sail over the heads of the very young, but there's a higher chuckle rate for the grown-ups than much dread 'family' fare.– Full review
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