Review Date: November 07, 2003
Director: Jon Favreau
Writer: David Berenbaum
Producers: Jon Berg, Todd Komarnicki, Shauna Robertson
Unfortunately for me, I'm not a 12-year old anymore (only in my pants!), so the film's denouement, which got a tad sappy and broke Ferrell down to a secondary character, didn't do it for me. It also attempted to "touch" the viewer, but the only thing that got even close to touching me was my "lady friend", who even then, was apparently just reaching for my nachos (yeah, right!) Then again, I think that X-Mas, and all that comes with it...blows. Just kidding. I actually do like Christmas, which is why I would definitely recommend that all lovers of the holiday check out this film, if only for the cute story, the great characters all around (the scene featuring "little person" Peter Dinklage is one of the funnier clips of the year), the spirit of the season, the homages to John Woo and those LORD OF THE RINGS movies, but mostly for the humor encompassed in the comedic genius best known as Will Ferrell. Sure, the film is slanted more toward the younger generation, but it doesn't leave out the adults and provides just enough entertainment for everyone and sweetness all around (i.e. a family film). In fact, if you have kids, this movie is probably one of the better ones for you all to see together (yeah, get your ass off that couch and take your kids to the movies, you scrooge!), since it will definitely light them up and give you more than enough chuckles to consider your hefty theatrical investment...a good one. Then talk to your kids, you jerk...can't you see that they need their father right now? Yeah, that's right...give them a hug. Aaaaaaaah. Christmas rocks.