After inadvertently wreaking havoc on the elf community due to his ungainly size, a man raised as an elf at the North Pole is sent to the U.S. in search of his true identity.

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Buddy was a baby in an orphanage who stowed away in Santa's sack and ended up at the North Pole. Later, as an adult human who happened to be raised by elves, Santa allows him to go to New York City to find his birth father, Walter Hobbs. Hobbs, on Santa's naughty list for being a heartless jerk, had no idea that Buddy was even born. Buddy, meanwhile, experiences the delights of New York City (and human culture) as only an elf can. When Walter's relationship with Buddy interferes with his job, he is forced to reevaluate his priorities. Written by Ken Miller <wkmiller704@yahoo.com>

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This holiday, discover your inner elf.


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Rated PG for some mild rude humor and language | See all certifications »

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7 November 2003 (USA)  »

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Elf, el duende  »

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$33,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$31,113,501 (USA) (9 November 2003)

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$173,398,518 (USA)
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Trivia

The football jersey frequently worn by Michael in the film is that of fan favorite #80 Wayne Chrebet of the New York Jets. See more »

Goofs

Santa tells Michael that just telling people he exists won't work as that would destroy the belief in Christmas Spirit so when he flies over the heads of all the people by the entrance to the park his sleigh should crash not fly faster. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Papa Elf: Oh, hello. You're, uh, you're probably here about the story.
[the pages flip to show Papa Elf talking to the camera]
Papa Elf: Elves love to tell stories. I-I'll bet you didn't know that about elves. There's, uh, probably a lot of things you didn't know about elves. Another, another interesting, uh, elfism, uh, there are only three jobs available to an elf. The first is making shoes at night while, you know, while the old cobbler sleeps.
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Crazy Credits

Near the end of the credits, the original score from the film plays over in the background, and then the last one thing showing was the title of the film. See more »

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Referenced in A Cast of Characters (2015) See more »

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Pop! Goes the Weasel
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Traditional 17th century English song
Played by the Jack-in-the-Box music boxes
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Very Very Funny Movie!
29 April 2006 | by (Jackson, TN) – See all my reviews

The most helpful thing I can tell you about this movie is that if you've got even a smidgen of a youthful spirit about you, then this movie will make you laugh until you cry....over and over. There's one scene where Elf and a gruffy fellow warehouse worker(who was a total stranger just a few moments before) are sitting on a pallet after smoking some dope, and are laughing really hard about something really stupid, and the Elf leans over and begins tickling the guy under the arms and shouting "Tickle, Tickle!" as they both topple over in hysteric ecstasy....and I thought I was going to have a coronary, I laughed so long and hard (after running the DVD back to watch the same scene about 5 times over!!!!! This is absolutely my favorite all-time comedy! I'm very hard to please when it comes to comedies, seeing most of them as just stupid, but Elf is in a class by itself.


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