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  • Writer's pictureEmma Hanley

An Elf-tastic Extravaganza!

'Tis the season to be jolly, fa-la-la-la-la-la-la-la-la, and what better way to celebrate the festive season than by joining us this Thursday, December 21st, in Birr Theatre & Arts Centre to revisit this absolute gem of a Christmas movie? If you haven't seen Elf, you're missing out on a magical blend of syrupy sweetness, spaghetti shenanigans, and enough Christmas cheer to power Santa's sleigh for a lifetime.

Buddy the Elf, played by Will Ferrell, crawled into Santa's toy bag as a baby and was whisked off to the North Pole, where he was raised as an elf. Who needs a birth certificate when you have a bunch of overly enthusiastic elves in pointy shoes adopting you? As Buddy embarks on his journey to find his real dad (James Caan) in New York City, the fish-out-of-water scenarios are pure comedic gold. From mistaking an escalator for a magical ride to tackling the revolving door like a Christmas-themed ninja, Buddy's misadventures will have you ho-ho-ho-ing with laughter. Buddy befriends a cynical writer played by Zooey Deschanel. She initially thinks he's bit of a stalker, but eventually his charm wins her over. Ah, the power of holiday cheer and a pair of yellow tights!

But it's not all sugarplums and gumdrops in Buddy's world. There's also the not-so-friendly encounter with a fake Santa in Central Park, reminding us that not every bearded man in a red suit is spreading joy and handing out presents. Sometimes, they're just after your dignity and spare change.

In the end, Elf teaches us the true meaning of Christmas: family, love, and the importance of a good spaghetti breakfast. So, grab your buddies at 7pm this Thursday, don your best elf costume or Christmas jumper, and remember that the best way to spread Christmas cheer is singing loud for all to hear—especially if it's in the shower!

Here's to hoping your festive season is as sweet and hilarious as Buddy's adventures in the human world. Merry Elfing Christmas!

Run time: 96 minutes

Cert: PG

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