Childish and extremely overrated
I saw this movie for the first (and, hopefully, the only) time last night. I found it extremely childish and overrated. Lots of people think this movie is “wholesome” and that Buddy is “innocent” and “cute”, but I think he’s a complete idiot (also, what the hell is “cute” about Will Ferrell?!) I guess you’re supposed to find his obnoxiousness funny and charming, but I found him insufferable. He’s usually rewarded for his idiotic behavior and actions, especially when Zooey Deschanel’s character falls for him (god, what a horrible romantic pairing between actors). Don’t even get me started on the “humor” in this movie... it’s childish and stupid, and neither I or my brother laughed once. It’s the same variety of humor you’ll find in your average Nickelodeon sitcom or Adam Sandler comedy film. So many idiotic burp and fart jokes, you’d think this was Grown Ups or something. However, most children (in addition to adults who behave like children, such as my father) will find this movie hilarious. So, in other words, my opinion is extremely unpopular and it means absolutely nothing amidst the sea of people who LOVE this movie! You can get it on Blu-ray for really cheap, and I’m sure your kids (and probably you) will love it. I just found no enjoyment in this movie (the opening credits were the only remotely enjoyable part for me, honestly). If you want a Christmas comedy film for the family that’s more entertaining than this one, try Home Alone. It’s a bit stupid, but it’s entertaining and, in my opinion, has more heart than Elf. Even A Christmas Story, from my recollection, is better (and I’m pretty sure I wrote a negative review of that movie years ago on this site). If you want something where most of the humor is derived from the main character acting like a fish out of water (but less idiotic than this and occasionally humorous), you can try the TV show Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt (although it’s a bit less kid-friendly).
So, yeah. I hated this movie, but I’m sure you’ll love it because nearly everyone else seems to. And if you like this movie, don’t feel ashamed.