Will Ferrell's charm (always a precarious thing) depends wholly on his innocence. If you ever get the feeling he knows better, Ferrell's pushiness becomes insufferable, since every vehicle he's in is about him wresting away the steering mechanism and veering everyone into some fantasyland. In Elf, he's driving a sleigh, and the movie ranks among his most enduringly blithe workouts. Jon Favreau perpetually directs movies about grown men who want to play with toys forever, and here he found the perfect alibi, and a leading boy happy to stare blankly while singing at the top of his lungs. Showing at: Laurelhurst.
- Best paired with: Full Sail Wassail.
- Also showing: Hook (Academy).