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Elf (2003, Will Ferrell, James Caan)

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Elf, directed by Jon Favreau, sees Will Ferrell playing Buddy, who as a human baby accidentally ended up in Santas sack and was adopted by Papa Elf (the legendary Bob Newhart). When Buddy discovers he is human he decides to track down his biological father, the none too likeable Walter Hobbs (James Caan) only to find himself working at Gimbels department store.

Walter eventually accepts Buddy as his son and takes him into the family home but as Christmas draws near Buddy finds himself called upon to help save the day when Santa gets into a spot of bother. Greatly entertaining in best family movie vein, there is also a nice subplot involving Zooey Deschanel as a co-worker as Gimbels who takes Buddy under her wing.

production details
USA | 97 minutes | 2003

Director: Jon Favreau
Script: David Berenbaum

cast
Will Ferrell as Buddy
James Caan as Walter Hobbs
Zooey Deschanel as Jovie
Mary Steenburgen as Emily Hobbs
Daniel Tay as Michael Hobbs
Ed Asner as Santa Claus
Bob Newhart as Papa Elf
Kyle Gass as Eugene Dupree
Faizon Love as Gimbel’s Manager
Peter Dinklage as Miles Finch
Amy Sedaris as Deb
Michael Lerner as Fulton Greenway
Andy Richter as Morris
Artie Lange as Gimbel’s Santa
Peter Billingsley as Ming Ming
Ray Harryhausen as Polar Bear Cub (voice)
Jon Favreau as Dr. Leonardo
Mark Acheson as Mailroom Worker
Leon Redbone as Leon the Snowman (voice)
Claire Lautier as NY 1 Reporter
Ted Friend as NY 1 Anchor
Matt Walsh as Witness
Patrick Ferrell as Guard
Michael Roberds as Disgruntled Cobbler Elf
Lydia Lawson-Baird as Carolyn
Brenda McDonald as Nun (as Brenda MacDonald)
Annie Brebner as Elf Student
Meghan Black as Elf
Patrick Baynham as Elf
Peter A. Hulne as Elf Twin
Richard Side as Elf Teacher
David Avalon as Pom Pom
Kristian Ayre as Foom Foom
Lorin Heath as Perfume Clerk
Dillard Brinson as Printer
Brad Turner as Office Co-Worker
David Berenbaum as Office Co-Worker
Brenda Crichlow as Office Co-Worker
Oscar Goncalves as Francisco
Mary Black as Nurse
Jack Murray as Man in Elevator
Robin Mossley as Chuck
Paul Schofield as Kid with Santa
Will McCormack as Witness
Alexandra Michael as Child
Jonathan Bruce as Biker
Akeem Smith as School Kid
Lane Bradbury as Susan Welles

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