If you’re fossicking for a feel good holiday comedy, play the film Elf in your player and you’ll be right. After all, this film has been chosen as one of the best Christmas movies by various media outlets, years after it has been released. It’s a November 2003 blockbuster film that stars Will Ferrell, James Caan, Edward Asner, Bob Newhart, Daniel Tay, and Zooey Deschanel. The main catch of this film is having one of Santa’s elves learn he’s actually human and sets off to meet his real human father, while spreading holiday cheer to the skeptics with humorously catastrophic results. Elf starts explaining how Buddy (Will Ferrell) managed to sneak in Santa’s (Edward Asner) rucksack of gifts and was unknowingly brought to the North Pole. He was bought up by Papa Elf (Bob Newhart), oblivious to the fact that his size and poor toy making abilities were very human. When Papa Elf spilled the beans on his origins, Buddy sets out to New York City to find his father (James Caan). His father threw him out and Buddy was mistaken for an employee of a Gimbels, a defunct department store. He meets Jovie (Zooey Deschanel) and he sets about in his fruit loop adventures while befriending his half-brother Michael (Daniel Tay), meddling with his father’s business, dating Jovie, and even helping Santa in a bind. Eventually, everything ends happily in Elf: Buddy gets acknowledged by his father and his family, with his father publishing a bestselling book based on Buddy’s adventures, and marries Jovie. Critics agree the plot is bloody brainless but Ferrell’s performance is so endearing that you can empathize with his predicament. A musical based on this movie ran during the 2010 holidays on Broadway and 2012 at the 5th Avenue Theatre. It’s also available on DVD and Blu-ray.