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ELF

What to know: This hilarious Christmas film tells the tale of a young orphan child who mistakenly crawls into Santa's bag of gifts on Christmas Eve and is transported back to the North Pole and raised as an elf.
KIDS FIRST ENDORSED ELF is in the KIDS FIRST! Film Festival - it may not be a regular, endorsed title
Recommended age 12-18
97 minutes
DVD
WARNER BRO. HOME ENTERTAINMENT
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Elf is the story of a human named Buddy who was raised by elves in the North Pole at Santa's Workshop. When Buddy becomes an adult, he is told that he was adopted so he goes on a quest to find his father in New York City.
This movie is hilarious. Will Ferrell is perfect for the role of buddy! He really portrays the character's sweetness with a comedic touch. One of the reasons I love this film so much is that it really captures what it would be like to take someone who has lived in fantasy land and throw them into the hustle and bustle of the big city. There are several montages throughout the film. My favorite would have to be when Buddy comes to New York for the first time because he does such bizarre things. If I were to see him eating the gum of the hand rail or playing in a revolving door in my town, I would think he was crazy! I end up feeling bad for Buddy because he is so clueless to how the real world works.
Another thing that makes this movie so hysterical is that in the North Pole the props, costumes, sets and back drop are so elementary and simple, it really accentuates the innocence and comical quality of the elf world. Also, in the North Pole, there are some animals made of clay animation. Their design is very similar to the old Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer movie, and that warms my heart and makes me laugh.
This movie is perfect for family night, watching with friends or when you just need a laugh. This story is touching yet funny as Buddy goes on an amazing journey to get closer to his father's heart and bring back holiday spirit to all. This is a great film for all ages because it contains the fun innocence of an elf that children can enjoy and it also has a bit of adult humor for the older viewers. Although young children will love this movie, I think ages 7 and younger should watch this with an adult or older child because they may get slightly confused or frightened. Over all, this is a wonderful film, whether it's the holidays or not.
Reviewed by Raven Devanney, age 13, KIDS FIRST! Film Critic
Definitely a new twist on Santa. A human baby mistakenly grows up amidst the elf community of Santa's North Pole. He realizes he is different - nearly 3 times the height of the other elves and doesn't fit into his own bed. When he discovers he is human, he sets out (on foot) to find his roots. Buddy is sweet, loveable, and very naive. Will Ferrell's portrayal wins your heart, especially if you are a child.
This hilarious Christmas film tells the tale of a young orphan child who mistakenly crawls into Santa's bag of gifts on Christmas Eve and is transported back to the North Pole and raised as an elf. Years later, Buddy learns he is not really an elf and goes on a journey to New York City to find his true identity. Starring Will Ferrell, James Caan, Bob Newhart, Mary Steenburgen and Zooey Deschanel.
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