2003 by Tony Medley
infant Buddy (Will Farrell) crawls into Santa’s (Ed Asner) bag and
ends up at the North Pole being raised as an elf by Papa Elf (Bob
Newhart). After 30 years Papa tells Buddy, who’s at least two feet
taller than his fellow elves, he’s not really an elf and his real
father, avaricious Walter (James Caan), is in New York City, so Buddy
leaves the North Pole to find Walter. He not only finds Walter but he
finds Walter’s son, Michael (Daniel Tay) and wife, Emily (Mary
Steenburgen) and falls for a lovely young woman, Jovie (Zooey Deschanel).
different, walking around New York City in his elf suit and reacting
with honest naïveté. Walter doesn’t want anything to do with him,
but Buddy wins the hearts of Michael and Emily and Jovie.
The joy in
this movie is that Buddy retains his innocence and lack of guile and it
rubs off on everyone. It sounds ridiculous, but Will Farrell’s talent
is that he makes it entirely believable. I watched this film with a
smile on my face almost the entire time. It’s funny and touching. What
amazes me is that a film like this could be made in a Hollywood that
produces trash like Kill Bill and In The Cut. Like last
year’s The Santa Clause 2, this is a family picture that
everyone should enjoy.