10 Holiday Movies

Elf

Elf

Rated: PG

Year: 2003

Cast: Will Ferrell, Bob Newhart, James Caan, Zooey Deschanel

Bright Lights, Big City: After crawling into Santa's sack, Buddy is raised by elves. Accident-prone and freakishly tall, he leaves the North Pole and sets out to look for his birth father in New York City. It doesn't take long for him to find his dad -- on Santa's naughty list.

What Parents Like: The action is never too cloying or sweet, thanks to Will Ferrell's innocent elf-child, who is sweet, hyper, and excitable. He confronts the fake department store Santa by yelling: "You sit on a throne of lies!"

What Kids Like: Children will love the sight of a very tall man jumping up and down and giddily running around like a little kid. Ferrell blankets the world in Christmas decorations, goes for extra spins in the revolving door, and eats way too much sugar and candy.

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