I am not a fan of Will Ferrell. I find him juvenile to a fault and he always seems to be aiming for something lower than the lowest common denominator. In Elf however, his infantile antics are actual what make the film worth watching. It goes on a bit too long, for the most part, it takes it's absurdities to just the right pitch to make a film that is sweet and almost charming. Elf is at it's best when Ferrell is doing his shtick (although he often veers dangerously into ham territory.) When it tried to incorporate romance and family drama into the mix, Elf falls flat, and the romance seems a bit icky. However, if you have to watch a Will Ferrell comedy, you could do much, much worse.