I forgot to put up yesterday’s countdown, BUT today is technically the first day of Christmas, so it still works!
Elf (2003), starring Will Ferrell at his very best, is my all-time favorite Christmas movie. A new film that is destined to become a classic with the likes of White Christmas and It’s a Wonderful Life, Elf is pure magic. It is a combination of The Santa Clause and Rudolph with Ferrell at the hilarious helm. The film tells the story of Buddy the Elf, a human raised by elves after he sneaked into Santa’s sack at the orphanage when he was a baby. His elf father, played to perfection by Bob Newhart, breaks the news that he’s human and that his birth father, James Caan, lives in a magical place called New York City. The downside? He’s on the naughty list! Regardless, Buddy travels to NYC to meet his real dad and live with his own kind, to hilarious effect. Human customs are strange to him and on his first day in the city he gets attacked by a raccoon, spins around in a revolving door, gets hit by a car, eats the gum left underneath the subway railing, and experiences an escalator for the first time, among other things. After being escorted off the premises by security when he introduces himself to his father, he is mistaken for a toy elf at Grimbles, where he then begins to work. He befriends Jovie, played by Zooey Deschanel, and enters the life of his father and his family. Things are bumpy and hysterical as Buddy tries to find his way, but he really comes into his own when he’s called upon to save Christmas. This is the rare Will Ferrell film that’s fun for the WHOLE family.