Lists: Comedy, Fantasy, Family, Christmas movies

Brief Synopsis: "When young Buddy falls into Santa's gift sack on Christmas Eve, he's transported back to the North Pole and raised as a toy-making elf by Santa's helpers. But as he grows into adulthood, he can't shake the nagging feeling that he doesn't belong. Buddy vows to visit Manhattan and find his real dad, a workaholic publisher."

Overall Ranking: 1317 (Rank from 2003: # 15)

Adjusted* Rating:
(lowest rating dropped)

Ratings Breakdown
(The Mixed Bag)

Buttery 41.18%
Regular 35.29%
Half-Popped 23.53%
Stale 0%
Burnt 0%


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Sir M Hayes XIV95
Jeremy M95
Rob from GuysFilmQuest95
Jim Carrier90 - This movie is proof that Will Ferrell is a comedic genius. He doesn't have to drop four letter words to have his crowd rolling in the floor laughing. He has always been the guy that stole the camera while on SNL or any other movie he's been in because he's willing to say or do something outside the box, but in this he acts so goofy & crazy that you can't help but like this fact, I don't know anyone that doesn't like this movie. A holiday classic.
Words of WisTIM88(full review)
Dave Examines Movies85(full review)
Keith And The Movies80(full review)
Andy Watches Movies80(full review)
Dan O'Neill80(full review)
Bryan Lienesch72 - One of the more quotable recent Christmas flicks.
V Lionheart70
Thomas Pollock70
Cool Movie Guy Dave Randal61(full review)
Gorgon Reviews61
David Baruffi43

People Involved

  • Will Ferrell (Buddy)
  • Zooey Deschanel (Jovie)
  • Daniel Tay (Michael)
  • James Caan (Walter)
  • Bob Newhart (Papa Elf)
  • Edward Asner (Santa)
  • Amy Sedaris (Deb)
  • Andy Richter (Morris)
  • Mary Steenburgen (Emily)
  • Kyle Gass (Eugene)
  • Artie Lange (Gimbels Santa)
  • Faizon Love (Gimbels Manager)
  • Peter Dinklage (Miles Finch)
  • Michael Lerner (Fulton)
  • Leon Redbone (Leon the Snowman)
  • Peter Billingsley (Maymay)
  • Jon Favreau (Director)