FESTIVE Saturday ELF
NINE, Saturday, 7.30pm, G ( 2003)
“I just like to smile! Smiling’s my favourite,” chimes the wide- eyed, sublimely hilarious, instantly endearing Will Ferrell in this joyous Christmas treat. He plays a supposed “elf” ( in reality he is a human orphan raised as one of Santa’s helpers) who jets off to New York to seek out his biological dad ( James Caan). There, the awkward, ungainly proportioned elf finds employment at a department store, where he befriends a sweet co- worker ( New Girl’s Zooey Deschanel). Wonderfully directed by actor Jon Favreau ( Swingers), this little charmer proves good things come in small packages.