FES­TIVE Satur­day ELF

Geelong Advertiser - TV Guide - - MOVIES -

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.

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