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.
- MPAA Rating: PG
- Genre(s): Comedy,Family
- Run Time: 97min.
- Theatrical Release Date: 11/07/2003
- DVD Release Date: 11/16/2004
- Status: In Theaters
- Distributor(s): New Line
- Themes: Fathers and Sons,Adoption,Arrested Adolescence,Discovering One's Heritage,Fish Out of Water,Saintly Fools
- Tone: Goofy,Heartwarming,Light,Sentimental,Sweet,Whimsical
Santa, Christmas, Christmas-spirit, Santa-Claus, adoption, department-store, elf, holiday, publishing-house
- Country of Origin: USA (11-07-2003)
- Language: English