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: Has anyone noticed what looks exactly like a Buddy Elf doll standing on the kitchen counter during the breakfast scene where Buddy is pouring syrup for the mom? If you pause when the camera pulls back to show Buddy pouring syrup and the back of the moms head, you'll see the elf doll on the right side of the scene (our right, Buddy's left) facing away from the camera. It's on the counter directly below the cabinet knobs; behind the back of a chair and in front of what looks like a radio that sits against the counter wall. Ideas? Looks just like a Buddy doll to me.

Answer: This was probably deliberately added to the scene. Movies often add in-jokes like this. I believe it was "HP and the Chamber of Secrets" that while Harry, Ron, and Hermione are in Diagon Alley, the entire Harry Potter book series can be seen on a shelf in the background. In "Raiders of The Lost Ark," there are a little C-3PO and R2D2 carved into the stone hieroglyphs in the Well of Souls. "Jurassic Park" openly displayed JP merchandise, the same merchandise that was sold in stores. Filmmakers love to add little "Easter eggs" like that for audiences to find.

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Answer: It might just be a regular elf doll that, coincidentally, is dressed in real elf clothes.

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