• Elf (2003)


Release Date: November 7th, 2003

DVD Release Date: November 16th, 2004

PG |1 hr 37 min

Plot Summary

Buddy (Will Ferrell) was accidentally transported to the North Pole as a toddler and raised to adulthood among Santa's elves. Unable to shake the feeling that he doesn't fit in, the adult Buddy travels to New York, in full elf uniform, in search of his real father. As it happens, this is Walter Hobbs (James Caan), a cynical businessman. After a DNA test proves this, Walter reluctantly attempts to start a relationship with the childlike Buddy with increasingly chaotic results.

Cast: Will Ferrell, James Caan, Bob Newhart, Ed Asner, Mary Steenburgen, Zooey Deschanel, Daniel Tay, Faizon Love

Director: Jon Favreau

Genres: Comedy , Children , Fantasy

Production Co: Shawn Danielle Production Services, Mosaic Media Group, Guy Walks into a Bar Productions, Gold/Miller Productions

Distributors: New Line Cinema

Keywords: Father, Son, Growing up, New York City, 2000s, Hilarious, Girlfriend, Transformation, Family

Ratings & Reviews

  • 100
    David SterrittChristian Science Monitor

    It's a terrific movie, smart and funny enough to hold up at any time of year. show more

  • 80
    Michael RechtshaffenThe Hollywood Reporter

    While the words "instant holiday classic" might be pushing it, Elf is at the very least a breezily entertaining, perfectly cast family treat. show more

  • 75
    Roger EbertChicago Sun-Times

    This is one of those rare Christmas comedies that has a heart, a brain and a wicked sense of humor, and it charms the socks right off the mantelpiece. Even the unexpected casting is on the money. show more

See all critic reviews on metacritic.com

Similar Movies


After a wish turns 12-year-old Josh Baskin (David Moscow) into a 30-year-old man (Tom Hanks), he heads to New York City and gets a low-level job at MacMillen Toy Company. A chance encounter with the o...

The Santa Clause
The Santa Clause

Divorced dad Scott (Tim Allen) has custody of his son (Eric Lloyd) on Christmas Eve. After he accidentally kills a man in a Santa suit, they are magically transported to the North Pole, where an elf e...

Stream Online
Tooth Fairy
Tooth Fairy

Rough-and-tumble hockey player Derek Thompson (Dwayne Johnson) is a terror on the ice, earning the nickname "Tooth Fairy" by separating opposing players from their choppers. When Derek dashes the drea...

Stream OnlineWatch Trailer