Sunday, December 16, 2007

#4 Favorite Christmas Movie: Elf

I am not a fan of Will Ferrell. I don't like any movie he's ever been in.

Except this one.

For once, Ferrell shows a little restraint and doesn't insist on going over the top in every. single. scene. All the actors in this movie did a good job.

Elf is sweet story, but not sappy. It's also clean, something the entire family can watch—which is amazing because there's a "shower" scene and a duet of "Baby, It's Cold Outside" (which is a little racy if you really listen to the words; but I like the song anyway because of the interplay of words and harmony. Both the shower scene and the song are linked to below.)

Promo info: With genuine charm and the immense likability of its star, Elf gives holiday cheer a good name. Will Ferrell stars as Buddy, a human raised by elves at the North Pole. But the over-six-foot-tall Buddy literally does not fit in, and he ventures to New York (via the seven levels of the Candy Cane forest, the sea of swirly, twirly gum drops, and the Lincoln Tunnel) where he is reunited with Walter, his biological father (James Caan), a children's book editor, who was not aware of Buddy's existence. Clad in yellow tights and a whimsical elfin coat, Buddy's childlike enthusiasm for all things sugar and all things Christmas converts cynics like Walter, melts the heart of Jovie (indie queen Zooey Deschanel), a wary department store clerk, and inspires the faith that is needed to power Santa's sleigh.

Now playing on my iPod: Baby, It's Cold Outside performed by Will Ferrell and Zooey Deschanel in a scene from Elf

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