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Elf Reviews

Broadway ShowsMusicalsHoliday & Christmas ShowsFamily ShowsTheatre for Kids and Families

Average customer review: 2.5 star rating (2.6 Stars)

Number of reviews: 27



3.5 star rating Anonymous from Detroit, Michigan


This is something you should take your children to see if you want to share a theatre experience with them...NOT a date night for adults. It did not compare on any level to the movie and left us wondering what happened. It is not that the cast did a bad job...but elf was such a hysterical movie the musical just did not meet our expectations. This would be a nice family play to watch with your kids if you have young children but would recommend something else for a more adult crowd or for those looking for a proper rendition of the Elf movie with Will Ferrell.

3.0 star rating Disappointed grandmother from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania


So disappointed by the adult language and sexual innuendos in a "children's theme play" . Not appropriate for young children on so many levels,especially the whole "not believing " story line.

3.0 star rating Anonymous from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania


The show was funny and entertaining at times, but my husband and I were disappointed with the unnecessary use of foul language, adult humor and sexual innuendos. We wanted to enjoy a Christmas show with our 3 children without having to explain sexual content on the drive home!! We'll stick to the movie version with Will Ferrell......

3.0 star rating Jason from Detroit, Michigan


This is a tricky one to rate. On one hand, the scenery and costumes were quite fun and well done. Production did a good job. The actors (especially the leading actor) were all quite talented. Strong performances all around. The issue was the content. The songs are basic, and the plot was boring. The overall plot deviates quite a bit from the movie (I'd say it was 35% based on the movie). It's like it was rewritten for children, but then with occasional adult humor thrown into the mix. Honestly, most of it will go over any kid's head, so don't sweat it. It just seems out of place given everything else. Definitely not a play I would see on a date night. It's better for family.

3.0 star rating Cathleen from Chicago, Illinois


I love the theater itself …classy and great seating. The actors were great, but I was very disappointed with some of the language, adult humor and sexual innuendos. It was not necessary or appropriate. I felt a woke agenda was pushed on the audience, stick to entertainment please.

2.0 star rating Jay Sullivan from , Illinois


My family and In-Laws love the move Elf so we were very excited to see this production. The plot follows about 20% of the movie plot and they had a very good production and acting.. The disappointment is they made some plot and dialogue changes that made it not kid friendly. Elf yells "screw you", the store manager talks to Elf about getting the Jovie character home and into bed, they say "Hell" in various ways and stress the questioning of a belief in Santa very frequently with the reporter at one point saying "nobody believes in Santa!". Looking around the theater, they majority of people had young kids who presumably wanted an Elf themed show in a "G" environment and to enjoy a theater experience. If they remove this teen themed additions, I could recommend it. I would not see it again or recommend it based on how it is.

2.0 star rating from Toronto, Ontario


I was so disappointed by this Musical. First I found it kind of boring and all the funny charming scenes from the movie are left out. The jokes weren't funny and there was no need for the foul language after all this is kids movie. Also the sexual connotations weren't necessary at all again a kids movie and just plain not necessary as they didn't add anything except make parents cringe. The cast was great though just had bad material to work with. Wouldn't recommend it. Best to stay home watch the movie and buy something that will last with the money you would have spent...:)


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