October 30, 2003

Elf - The Feel-Good Movie of the Year

POST #    514


Santa!!!

Last night, Kim and I went to see a screening of Will Ferrell's new movie, Elf. I'm not sure if it was really the feel-good movie of the year, I kind of just wanted to say that. It would be funny if the "little read book" was quoted in the ads. Anyway, back to reality. We saw the movie at the MGM Screening Room, which was quite nice and comfortable. They even had cookies outside that were very tasty. Why New Line Cinema (an AOL Time Warner company) was showing a movie in MGM's screening room is beyond me.

What's not to love about this movie? Okay, maybe I could have done without Will Ferrell in tights, but if you've watched Conan O'Brien or SNL, you've seen that, or worse, already. For those of you who don't know, Elf is about a human that was raised by elves in the North Pole and then goes on a quest to find his father. His father, played by James Caan, of course lives in New York City, where nobody believes in Santa, elves, or Christmas for that matter (I'm thinking the high Jewish population might have had something to do with that). Watching Will Ferrell find his place in the city as an elf was nothing short of hilarity, something about playing a fish out of water just suits him. That and the hat that he wears for most of the movie is too cool.

Santa even gave Buddy (Ferrell's character) some tips about New York:
- Gum on the street is not free candy.
- There are many pizza places named "Ray's," but the original is on 11th.
- Peep shows are not sneak previews of this year's gifts.

Gothamist on Elf. Jen seems eager to see it.

Posted by tien mao in Movies at 7:46 AM

 

 

Ideally, studios will try to screen in their own screening rooms, but perhaps the AOLTW screening rooms were booked with, oh, Matrix Revolutions screenings.

Posted by: Jen at October 30, 2003 11:29 AM

I am also very very very very very very jealous that you saw Elf already.

Posted by: Jen at October 30, 2003 11:30 AM

matrix revolutions? never heard of it.

so i overlooked a minor movie release.

Posted by: tien at October 30, 2003 11:33 AM

i can't wait until this comes out on friday. how do i get to be your friend so that you'll take me to free screenings?

Posted by: corie at November 3, 2003 12:15 PM

actually, my friend gets the passes to the screenings, i'm just lucky to get invited. i had to pass up a screening of the station agent for tomorrow.

Posted by: tien at November 3, 2003 1:42 PM

yo dis movie sux

Posted by: tim at December 3, 2004 8:49 PM

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