Elf

Movie • 2003 • Comedy  

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When young Buddy falls into Santa's gift sack on Christmas Eve, he's transported back to the North Pole and raised as a toy-making elf by Santa's helpers. But as he grows into adulthood, he can't shake the nagging feeling that he doesn't belong. Buddy vows to visit Manhattan and find his real dad, a workaholic publisher.
This movie contains 23 potentially triggering events.
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Does the dog die?
149 supporters
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mermy
"good news, I saw a dog today!"
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Unanswered Triggers
Are there end credit scenes?
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Abandonment
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NakNakNak
Buddy leaves for New York, but everyone knows he's leaving and some of his animal friends bid him farewell.
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10
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SiRenfield
The main character was placed in an orphanage shortly after birth
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Is an animal abandoned?
38 supporters
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4
Abuse
Yes
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3
1
Jackaellk
Buddy's father is neglective but by the end of the film it's a classic Christmas movie turn around and he fixes his mistake
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3
Is someone stalked?
12 supporters
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You could argue that Buddy maybe accidentally stalks Walter but, like anything else he does in the movie, he had no ill intentions. He just wanted to know his father and form a healthy relationship with him, but didn’t understand human social norms since he was raised by elves.
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Is there domestic violence?
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Is a woman brutalized for spectacle?
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Yes
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heyjackie
The definition of gaslighting is to manipulate someone using psychological methods into questioning their own sanity or powers of reasoning. The elves were not gaslighting Buddy.
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Is someone abused with a belt?
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3
Is a child abused?
55 supporters
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5
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40
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IndigoQuail
There's no abuse, but the father is emotionally disconnected from the son.
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Addiction
Yes
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Is there addiction?
6 supporters
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1
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3
Buddy is obviously addicted to sugar
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49
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Antares Harrison
Buddy's friend" from the mailroom drinks heavily and gets Buddy into trouble (sent to jail but is bailed out shortly afterward)
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Animal
Were animals harmed in the making?
52 supporters
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7
Does a horse die?
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Does an animal die?
(besides a dog, cat or horse)
78 supporters
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47
Are animals abused?
93 supporters
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12
Buddy was not abusing the raccoon. Any mild harassment was obviously by accident because the whole point is that he is clueless. He literally just talked to the raccoon for a moment and went in for a hug because at the North Pole he was used to animals being friendly and affectionate. He had no intention of hurting it or “bothering” it like the other commenter wrongly said.
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Is there a dead animal?
51 supporters
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Is an animal sad?
33 supporters
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4
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Jackaellk
One of the (very fake looking) animals cries when Buddy leaves the North pole. Another one comforts him
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Are rabbits harmed?
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5
Does a cat die?
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47
Does a pet die?
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18
Does a dragon die?
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Are there spiders?
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Are there alligators/crocodiles??
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6
Are there snakes?
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Are there sharks?
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Are there bugs?
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Assault
Does a woman get slapped?
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3
Is someone drugged?
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Is there pedophilia?
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5
Is someone held under water?
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5
Is rape mentioned?
36 supporters
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6
Is someone beaten up by a bully?
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3
Yes
2
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10
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ItsARockFact
There are a couple of short scenes in which the main character is held back, but this is usually played for laughs and does not result in any long term injury.
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Rh1annaR3in
No, but I would like to mention that Buddie accidently walks in on Jo in the shower (that could be insinituating SA)
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Is someone's mouth covered?
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3
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-1
No of course not
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Bodily Harm
Yes
4
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10
oreoicecrem
there are a couple scenes where scissors are used to cut paper
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Are any hands damaged?
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3
Are there dislocations?
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3
Is there throat mutilation?
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Yes
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booty.rose
when buddy sits on papa elf’s lap he struggles to breathe because he is getting squashed by how big buddy is. but it is all just in a joking manner
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Is there decapitation?
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3
Is there cannibalism?
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Yes
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12
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CassetteMeower
Nobody dies in this movie, but there is a scene where Buddy is very surprised and ends up falling on an elf, knocking them over. The elf is fine.
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Is someone choked?
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4
Is someone burned alive?
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35
Is someone buried alive?
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Is there body horror?
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4
Is there amputation?
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Does a head get squashed?
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35
Is there Achilles Tendon injury?
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11
Is there a hanging?
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34
Does someone asphyxiate?
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10
Are any teeth damaged?
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37
Does someone become unconscious?
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3
Does someone break a bone?
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33
Does someone have a seizure?
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Is there genital trauma/mutilation?
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1
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Yes
1
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8
IndigoQuail
Buddy gets a finger p***k at a doctor's office
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Is someone tortured?
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Does someone fall down stairs?
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7
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ProfessorProcyon
There's a scene where Buddy considers jumping off a bridge late in the movie, but he doesn't go through with it.
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Is there eye mutilation?
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Is someone stabbed?
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3
Is there excessive gore?
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Children
Yes
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11
4
No, however, a child is accidentally taken from an orphanage and taken to the North Pole
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Does a kid die?
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34
Is a minor sexualized?
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12
Creepy Crawly
Are there bedbugs?
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3
Death
Does someone sacrifice themselves?
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10
Does a major character die?
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3
Does a non-human character die?
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3
Does someone die?
10 supporters
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3
Disability
Is the r-slur used?
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0
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10
Yes
0
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3
Drugs/Alcohol
Does someone overdose?
8 supporters
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11
Family
Yes
3
No
32
9
HannahEalasaid
I guess technically Buddy is accidentally kidnapped
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Does a parent die?
8 supporters
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42
No
1
10
Antares Harrison
Buddy's mother, Susan Wells, dies in childbirth offscreen before Buddy is taken to the north pole

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Does someone cheat?
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30
Yes
10
No
16
5
cherry
lego sculptures made by an adult are damaged
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Does a family member die?
11 supporters
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2
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1
Fear
Are there jumpscares?
26 supporters
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43
No
12
11
fs
one early scene where Buddy does jack-in-the-box quality control could be considered like a jump scare
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Is someone possessed?
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32
Are there ghosts?
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34
Are there clowns?
8 supporters
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34
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13
12
.
When Buddy is sent to test out toys he tests Jack in the box toys.
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TheDanderson
Buddy floats on a ice patch from the North Pole to NYC over the ocean. While this is a slow motion sequence, it could still be triggering.
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Is trypophobic content shown?
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3
Are there razors?
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3
Yes
53
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1
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averyanderson2018
No nudity shown, but there is a shower scene in which Buddy walks into the shower room at the mall and hears Jovie singing, so he joins in.
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Are there mannequins?
3 supporters
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2
No
1
Gross
Yes
18
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0
7
ProfessorProcyon
It's implied that a troll does in the opening scene, but it's not all that important to the plot.
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Does someone vomit?
1 supporters
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89
No
1
38
Anonymous
He runs around in a revolving door and then vomits in a trash can but nothing is seen and the audio is extremely fake sounding, just there for comedic, pg purposes. I'm an extreme emetephobe and this doesn't bother me at all. I almost forgot about it and I hardly ever forget when there's vomit in a movie.
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Is someone eaten?
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0
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4
Is there on-screen pooping?
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0
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3
Does someone spit?
5 supporters
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44
No
0
10
ProfessorProcyon
There's a fair amount of toilet humor in this movie.
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Is there audio gore?
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24
Is there farting?
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Yes
3
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1
Large-scale Violence
Are there 9/11 depictions?
2 supporters
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0
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13
Law Enforcement
Is there copaganda?
7 supporters
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0
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23
9
No, in fact they’re portrayed as violent antagonists trying to stop Santa Claus.
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1
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3
0
SiRenfield
Buddy is arrested and put in a holding cell but he’s bailed out immediately in the next scene
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LGBTQ+
Is there deadnaming or birthnaming?
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0
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3
Are there transphobic slurs?
21 supporters
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0
No
5
Yes
0
No
3
Is an LGBT+ person outed?
11 supporters
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0
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3
Is there bisexual cheating?
14 supporters
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0
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5
Loss
Is a priceless artifact destroyed?
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0
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3
Medical
Is electro-therapy used?
14 supporters
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0
No
33
Yes
46
No
0
12
Antares Harrison
Buddy gets his finger pricked to do a blood test to see if Michael Hobbs really is his father

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Is there a mental institution scene?
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31
Yes
44
No
1
10
Anonymous
In one scene, Buddy is at a pediatric office for a DNA test.
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Is there menstruation?
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0
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3
Does someone have cancer?
11 supporters
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Yes
0
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29
Mental Health
Yes
0
No
9
1
ItsARockFact
Not explicitly. There are a couple of scenes involving past trauma but there are not direct depictions of PTSD.
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Does someone have a mental illness?
12 supporters
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0
No
3
Does someone self harm?
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35 supporters
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Yes
0
No
36
Is autism misrepresented?
15 supporters
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Yes
0
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4
Is a mentally ill person violent?
13 supporters
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Yes
0
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16
Is there D.I.D. misrepresentation?
7 supporters
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0
No
3
1
will0w
it is implied that buddy was considering suicide as he writes a ‘note’ and is then seen saying he doesn’t belong anywhere, standing on a bridge. it’s not explicitly stated tho
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Is reality unstable or unhinged?
8 supporters
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0
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3
Does someone have a meltdown?
4 supporters
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0
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3
Is there misophonia?
22 supporters
Yes
22
No
0
6
Spaghetti and soda are slurped loudly, extremely long burps played for laughs. Buddy also eats and swallows cotton balls loudly.
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Is there ABA therapy?
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0
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3
Is there body dysphoria?
10 supporters
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2
No
3
Yes
34
No
3
14
Antares Harrison
Buddy realizes he's very different fron the other elves at the north pole and this causes him great distress.
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ProfessorProcyon
He doesn't outright say that he's going to kill himself, but he does stand at the edge of a bridge while mentioning how there isn't anything left in the world for him, so I guess that could count.
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32
10
ChinaGrimes
I'm going to say yes and no. In the beginning he kind of has one when he realizes his real dad is on the naughty list. He freaks out but I can't say if its a full on anxiety attack or just normal panicking.
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Yes
7
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27
5
The scene of Buddy trying to shower in the elf-sized shower could make people feel claustrophobic because the space is much too small for him and he barely fits.
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Does someone have an eating disorder?
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0
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35
Is there autism specific abuse?
24 supporters
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0
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25
9
fs
late in the film, the title character is seen standing atop a bridge, and the film implies that he is considering jumping because of his low self-worth
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Noxious
Are there sudden loud noises?
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0
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3
Are there underwater scenes?
1 supporters
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0
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3
Does a baby cry?
13 supporters
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18
No
0
2
CassetteMeower
At the beginning of the movie there are several babies at an orphanage and they cry. No crying is seen after this moment.
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Is there shakey cam?
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Yes
1
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28
Is there screaming?
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Yes
1
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2
2
jdpamv
There are very rare uses of “damn,” “hell,” and “up yours” but nothing beyond that.
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ProfessorProcyon
There are a few bright/flashing lights at times, notably Christmas lights.
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Paranoia
Is someone watched without knowing?
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Yes
1
No
2
Is the fourth wall broken?
4 supporters
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Yes
1
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8
Pregnancy
Is a baby stillborn?
11 supporters
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0
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9
Is there childbirth?
12 supporters
Yes
1
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31
1
CassetteMeower
Prior to the events of the movie, yes
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Are there abortions?
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29
3
The start of the movie features a baby and an orphanage
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Does someone miscarry?
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Yes
5
No
24
1
CassetteMeower
Buddy’s mom dies while giving birth prior to the events of the movie
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Prejudice
Are there fat jokes?
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0
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32
Yes
0
No
34
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CassetteMeower
Nobody dies, so no
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Are there homophobic slurs?
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27
Yes
0
No
25
Yes
1
No
16
2
CassetteMeower
Closest thing to this is Buddy giving his dad lingerie as a Christmas present. He was at a store and he saw a display saying “for the special someone in your life” so he thought that was a good gift for his dad who was his special someone. When his dad opens the present he’s very disturbed, a coworker comes into his office and is surprised and he immediately hides the gift.
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Is there hate speech?
14 supporters
Yes
40
No
2
16
Antares Harrison
Buddy is unwittingly insulting to a little person, insisting that he is one of Santa's elves.
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Is a minority is misrepresented?
9 supporters
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Yes
0
No
3
Yes
1
No
34
0
CassetteMeower
Nobody dies and there’s no confirmed LGBTQ characters.
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23
.
Buddy mistakes a little person for an elf and insults him greatly by insisting he’s one of Santa’s elves
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Are there n-words?
12 supporters
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0
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26
Is there aphobia?
9 supporters
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Yes
0
No
4
Race
Is there blackface?
10 supporters
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Yes
0
No
4
Relationships
Yes
4
No
8
3
Moomin
Will Ferrell is 13 years older that Zooey deschanel
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Religious
Yes
1
No
3
0
SiRenfield
The movie only focuses on the secular aspects of Christmas albeit nuns show up twice (the orphanage is implied to be Catholic but it’s still not discussed)
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Are there demons or Hell?
7 supporters
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0
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3
Sex
Yes
4
No
31
9
ProfessorProcyon
There are some innuendos/adult jokes, but it's still appropriate for most ages.
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Is someone sexually objectified?
20 supporters
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0
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9
Yes
3
No
9
1
CassetteMeower
Buddy is seen taking a shower in a montage where he’s remembering all the signs of him not being an elf. His privates aren’t seen. Jovie is also seen taking a shower later on but only her shoulders and above are seen.
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Is there bestiality?
42 supporters
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0
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5
Is there BDSM?
10 supporters
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Yes
0
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3
Does someone lose their virginity?
6 supporters
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Yes
1
No
4
Are there incestuous relationships?
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41 supporters
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Yes
0
No
34
Sexism
Yes
0
No
8
Sickness
Does someone have a stroke?
5 supporters
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0
No
9
Does someone have a chronic illness?
8 supporters
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Yes
0
No
8
Is there dementia/Alzheimer's?
17 supporters
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Yes
0
No
9
Is someone terminally ill?
11 supporters
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Yes
0
No
3
Social
Is someone homeless?
3 supporters
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Yes
2
No
7
Are there anti-abortion themes?
17 supporters
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Yes
0
No
4
Are there fat suits?
11 supporters
Yes
0
No
3
0
heyjackie
Possibly because there are depictions of santa
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Is existentialism debated?
5 supporters
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Yes
0
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3
Spoiler
Yes
4
No
34
15
.
People don’t believe in Santa in the movie but he is real
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Yes
0
No
35
0
CassetteMeower
The ending is very happy and funny
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Vehicular
Does a car crash?
0 supporters
Yes
0
No
31
7
fs
late in the film, Santa's sleigh requires an emergency/crash landing but no one is hurt
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2
A majority of the movie is set in New York City with lots of car sounds
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Does a plane crash?
0 supporters
Yes
2
No
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8
fs
Santa's sleigh - which can fly but is not technically a plane - has an emergency crash landing late in the film
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Yes
50
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0
15
Antares Harrison
Buddy, not understanding traffic laws, runs out in front of a taxi and is bumped but walks away unharmed.
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Violence
Is there a nuclear explosion?
3 supporters
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Yes
0
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32
Is there blood/gore?
26 supporters
Yes
3
No
33
5
ProfessorProcyon
There is some fighting at times, but it's comical and nobody is seriously injured.
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Does someone drown?
10 supporters
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Yes
0
No
29
Is there gun violence?
7 supporters
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Yes
0
No
28