Directed by: Jon Favreau
Starring: Will Ferrell, James Caan, Bob Newhart, Edward Asner, Mary Steenburgen, Zooey Deschanel, Daniel Tay, Faizon Love
Synopsis: One Christmas Eve, a human baby crawled into Santa's bag of toys and ended up at the North Pole. Thirty years later, he realizes that he's not an elf and heads to New York City to find his real father.
I thought the trailers for this movie made it look pretty lame but it turned out to be sweet, harmless, and relatively funny.
Ferrell did a good job of portraying Buddy's innocence and not turning the character into a cartoon. Whenever he did something "wrong", he didn't look stupid; the other person did. And Ed Asner was a surprisingly good choice for Santa.
Kids will like it and adults won't be bored. That's good enough for me.
It was a cute, nice movie and I was more than a little surprised that I liked it as much as I did. I'm not sure why but there was something refreshingly nice about the obvious fakeness of the sets. And Zooey Deschanel's voice is absolutely lovely. Check it out.Added 02 August 2006 at 9:06 PM