Our fourth movie is just three years young. A story about a elf who doesn’t quite fit in with the other elves and decides to hike to New York to try and find his real dad, and in doing so helps the people around him get into the Christmas spirit.
It was named on 62-percent of the ballots and had an average ranking of 5.8. The more and more I watch this film the more and more I like it. One of Will Ferrell’s best I give you movie No. 4.
No. 4 – Elf (2003)
Directed by: Jon Favreau. Starring: Will Ferrell, James Caan, Bob Newhart.
Total Points: 134 (Highest Rank No. 1 – three times. Named on 23 ballots. Kevy’s rank No. 4.)
Tagline: This holiday, discover your inner elf.
Memorable Quote: Leon the Snowman: Why the long face, Buddy? Buddy: It seems I’m not an elf. Leon the Snowman: Of course you’re not an elf. You’re six-foot-three and have had a beard since you were fifteen.
“Well I love the way Buddy is. He acts so good and it is so funny. I love it cause he loves his dad sooooo much and tries so hard. I like it cause you have to believe in Santa and I love Santa!,” says my Mom, about why she chose “Elf” as her favorite.
My friend Stephanie chose it for this reason, “I picked Elf as my favorite Christmas movie for so many reasons! It’s hilarious, beautifully stylized, completely innocent and childlike and has one-liners that make me laugh all year ’round. The way I see it, if a Christmas movie I’ve seen a few dozen times can make me shoot soda out of my nose in the middle of July, just from thinking of a scene like the one where Buddy the Elf freaks out after he learns that Santa will be visiting Gimbel’s department store, then I can’t deny that it’s a classic that deserves top rating in my book. Years from now, our grandchildren will be watching a 24-hour marathon of Elf on Christmas day, and will be screaming with laughter when Buddy sneaks a piece of gum from the subway railing.”
Fun facts about the film: When this screenplay first emerged in 1993, Jim Carrey was attached to star in the lead. The outside of Gimbels is a digitally altered view of the 34th St. Macy’s, a reference to Miracle on 34th Street (1947). Gimbels was Macy’s main competition but it is now closed.