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One Christmas Eve a long time ago, a baby crawled into Santa’s bag of toys... Raised as an elf, Buddy (Will Ferrell) grows into an adult three times larger than the biggest elf--and realizes that he will never truly fit in at the North Pole. This holiday season, Buddy goes looking for his true place in the world--in New York City. Buddy finds his workaholic father (James Caan)--who’s on Santa’s “naughty” list, a new mother (Mary Steenburgen) and a 10-year-old brother who doesn’t believe in Santa Claus or elves. Here, now, Buddy discovers his destiny--to save Christmas for New York and the world!?


  • Will Ferrell
  • James Caan
  • Bob Newhart
  • Edward Asner
  • Mary Steenburgen
  • Zooey Deschanel
  • Daniel Tay
  • Faizon Love
  • Peter Dinklage
  • Amy Sedaris

Atom User Reviews

4.7 out of 5
Verified Review

Great as always. Remaster looks amazing.

Garrett E



Ferrell is a hoot. So is much of this witty holiday family entertainment, which, up until the end, when the #147;true spirit of Christmas#148; must be reaffirmed, happily favors slapstick over treacle.

Metacritic review by David Ansen
David Ansen

More likely to end up on the snow pile of forgettable Christmas-themed movies than in the vault of memorable ones.

Metacritic review by James Berardinelli
James Berardinelli

Ferrell makes the damn thing work. Even though he can't get naked or use naughty words, there's a devil of comedy in Ferrell, and he lets it out to play. Director Jon Favreau has the good sense to just stand out of his way.

Metacritic review by Peter Travers
Peter Travers
Rolling Stone