This Christmas favorite deserves a spot in your holiday movie queue.
As the holidays near, sometimes “it’s just nice to meet another human that shares my affinity for elf culture.” If that quote sounds familiar, then you must be a fan of Elf.
The 2003 classic comedy stars Will Ferrell as Buddy the Elf who can’t quite figure out why he doesn’t fit in at the North Pole (Hint: “Of course you’re not an elf. You’re six-foot-three and had a beard since you were fifteen.”) He heads over to New York City to find his place and the world and the result is a madcap comedy with a delightful Christmas message. While this film is in regular rotation in households during the holiday season, it’s one of those movies whose quotes find their way into conversations throughout the year.
Here are some of the best lines from Elf whether you’re feeling festive, or just feeling Elf-ish:
[Answering a phone] “Buddy the Elf, what’s your favorite color?”
"The best way to spread Christmas Cheer, is singing loud for all to hear."
"You sit on a throne of lies!"
“Not now, Arctic Puffin!”
“This place reminds me of Santa’s Workshop! Except it smells like mushrooms and everyone looks like they want to hurt me.”
"We elves try to stick to the four main food groups: candy, candy canes, candy corns and syrup."
"I am a cotton-headed ninny-muggins!"
“So, good news—I saw a dog today.”
"I'm sorry I ruined your lives and crammed 11 cookies into the VCR."
"I just like to smile; smiling's my favorite."
"Son of a nutcracker!"
"You have such a pretty face. You should be on a Christmas card."
[Seeing a sign for “World’s Best Cup of Coffee”] "You did it! Congratulations! World's best cup of coffee! Great job, everybody! It's great to be here."
"Does somebody need a hug?"
“There’s room for everyone on the Nice List!”
"You stink. You smell like beef and cheese! You don't smell like Santa."
"I passed through the seven levels of the Candy Cane forest, through the sea of swirly-twirly gum drops, and then I walked through the Lincoln Tunnel."
"Have you seen these toilets? They're ginormous!"
"I'm in a store and I'm singing!"
"I planned out our whole day: First, we'll make snow angels for two hours, and then we'll go ice skating, and then we'll eat a whole roll of Toll-House cookie dough as fast as we can, and then to finish, we'll snuggle."