When it was released in 2003, Elf sounded like another silly Will Ferrell comedy. Despite that initial impression, it went on to become one of the most beloved Christmas movies of all time, thanks to its perfect balance between holiday cheer and comedic absurdity.
Whether you’ve enjoyed the adventures of Buddy the Elf (who is actually a human raised by Santa’s Elves) dozens of times or you’re new to Ferrell’s exuberant performance as Christmas’s biggest fan, here’s where you can stream Elf this holiday season.
Subscribers to Starz ($ 8.99 + per month after a seven-day free trial) can take advantage of Buddy’s quest to find his biological father (played by a cranky fun James Caan). The journey takes him from the North Pole, where he grew up, to the spooky world of New York.
Elf is available for digital purchase ($ 9.99) or rental ($ 3.99) at Amazon. You can experience Zooey Deschanel’s charming performance as a jaded department store employee who learns to appreciate Christmas while falling in love with Buddy.
Sure itunes, you can buy ($ 9.99) or rent ($ 3.99) Elf and marvel at the brilliance of veteran actors, Bob Newhart and Ed Asner. Both bring decades of experience to their performances as Papa Elf and Santa Claus, respectively. They transform normally festive Christmas characters into deliciously gruff fatherly presences.
Want to attend Buddy’s horrid favorite meal (spaghetti topped with Pop-Tarts, marshmallows, M & Ms, chocolate and maple syrup)? If so, you can buy ($ 9.99) or rent ($ 3.99) Elf of Google play store.
If you want to warm your heart with Buddy’s new dad, Walter, who kisses his awkward son and saves his book publishing career, thanks to the power of Christmas, watch Elf sure Seen. It is available for purchase ($ 9.99) or rental ($ 3.99).
Other points of sale
Elf is also available for digital purchase ($ 9.99 +) or rental ($ 3.99) via AMC on demand, FandangoNow, Microsoft, Redbox, and Youtube. With all of these choices, there is no reason not to spend some time with Buddy this holiday season.