Mel Gibson, Meet Will Farrell

Christiany Today‘s Ted Olson provides a fascinating array of responses to Elf, the controversial new film adaptation of the Christmas story critics fear will set off a wave of anti-Elven violence. Oops — wrong Christian holiday on film. But Elf, the new Will Farrell family comedy, is mildly controversial. One Christian critic gripes that the film contains “a wink at inebriation.” But if the laffs are loud, conservative Christian critic Holly McLure just doen’t care, and Christian Spotlight scribe Chris Monroe thanks Heaven that the movie, devoid of any reference to Christmas’s religious roots (apparently something to do with Jesus), at least promotes a message of faith. In what — elves? For a more sophisticated take on God and his little helpers on screen, check out Metaphilm, a smart amateur film criticism site with an eye for the divine.

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