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Elf Me

By Brian Costello, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 10+

Quirky holiday tale has bullying, peril, mild language.

Movie NR 2023 99 minutes
Elf Me Movie Poster: People and a crazed elf look ahead with mountains behind

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This is an offbeat holiday movie that will not be to everyone's taste. Elf Me is filled with odd characters and unusual toys, exaggerated conflicts, and wacky moments. This aggressive quirkiness grows tiresome after a while, and it just gets in the way of the movie's more serious messages about believing in dreams, confronting parents' divorce, and struggling with dyslexia.

It's imaginative at times, but like the scene in which Elia and the elf ride bikes that slowly start to levitate high over the city, there's a nagging feeling that this has all been done before. Maybe not in the winter wonderland of a small Italian village, but still. It's not awful, but it falls short of belonging on the shelf with the other holiday movie mainstays.

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