Elf (2003)

Christmas sappiness plus flat-out contemporary yucks, with Will Ferrell making himself a bankable star as a human raised as a North Pole elf who ends up, in Miracle on 34th Street and Big fashion, in contemporary New York City—which here isn’t all that different from the old New York of our Christmas movie memories, down to Ferrell’s employment at Gimbel’s (the scenes were shot, it seems, in the survivor of the department store giants, Macy’s). An unexpected surprise is Zooey Deschanel crooning “Baby, It’s Cold Outside” in a voice rich enough to rival the original Esther Williams version.

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