Elf

Elf (2003)

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Buddy is a human living in a world of elves. He finds out that his elf father is not his real dad, so he travels to NYC to find him. When he is there, he meets his dad, stepmom, and brother, who all think that he is crazy. When Buddy is at a department store, the manager mistakes him as one of his employees, and puts him to work. Buddy soon falls in love with Jovie, a girl working at the store. Buddy makes friends with his brother Michael, who encourages him to ask Jovie out. Meanwhile, Buddy's dad has arranged for author Miles Finch to come to his publishing company to work on a new book. Because Miles is so short, Buddy mistakes him for an elf. Miles becomes furious and fights Buddy, leaving him lying on the ground. Miles leaves the building, fuming.

Continuity mistake: The scene in James Caan's publishing conference room when Buddy and Myles Finch are wrestling results in Buddy's foot hitting the far left picture of three pictures on the wall. The picture comes crashing down and you hear breaking glass. The next shot reveals the fallen picture back up on the wall unbroken. It is followed by the next shot showing the picture gone off the wall again.

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Buddy: We elves try to stick to the four main food groups: candy, candy canes, candy corns and syrup.

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Trivia: A human is found as a baby by elves, is brought up by them, then finds out he is adopted and heads out to the big city to make his fortune (and there are a lot of jokes about his height thrown in). As a Terry Pratchett fan, this sounds very familiar to me. Terry has a character in his books called Carrot who was found as a baby by some dwarves and was brought up by them, then finds out he is adopted and heads off to the big city to seek his fortune. Carrot is also very innocent and has no sense of sarcasm or irony. His adopted father also says something to him about thinking he'd figure it out when he hit six feet tall.

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Question: When The Central Park Rangers are called in action it mentions the Simon and Garfunkel concert and their actions being under speculation - was this a real event (their questionable actions), and if so what was the problem, or was it just a fictional jokey reference?

Answer: This was a real event. The Simon and Garfunkel free concert drew a crowd of over half a million people and the Central Park Rangers were investigated for being a little "over-enthusiastic" in their methods of crowd control. It was 1981 though, not 1985 as stated.

Absolutely correct and thank you - I was there at the concert and it was 1981. I love the movie Elf but that incorrect reference is a slight irritant - LOL.

Answer: I believe that this refers to an incident I was involved in. I was a new ranger riding Captain Cutter, an ex-race horse that we had Nick named Captain Goofy due to his propensity to suddenly spin in circles without warning. We were leading buses of handicapped people through shoulder-to-shoulder crowds when Goofy did his thing sending people scattering in all directions. It was over pretty quickly. I did not realise at the time that it was news.

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