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When a stranger dressed in an elf suite shows up at a department store, everyone is convinced he’s there for the part-time Christmas job. But after he decorates the entire floor with custom-made decorations, Jovie (Zooey Deschanel) begins to believe there’s more to this odd character than one might think.

Zooey Deschanel is Jovie
Zooey Deschanel is Jovie

Women Who Wow Wednesday today celebrates the jovial Jovie from the movie Elf.

Will Ferrell stars as Buddy the title character to Elf. He can toss snowballs at lightening speed, create Christmas ornaments out of plain paper, and build a LEGO city from leftover boxes of toy bricks. He has a penchant for drinking an entire bottle of cola in one gulp, mixing chocolate syrup with all his meals, and drowning the rest of his food groups with a pound of sugar. And why not? He is, after all, a real Santa elf who is trying to find his real father (played by James Caan) in the big city.

Jovie on the other hand leads a simple life. She lives in a humble apartment, has a job at a department store as an elf—not a real elf like Buddy but playing the part of one—and is all decked out in elf regalia, including the awesome hat with the little fluffy ball at the end of it. Jovie is the least likely person to catch Buddy’s attention.

Yet, the first time he sees Jovie, Buddy can’t resist staring. The clichéd lightening bolt strikes him and her beauty dumbfounds him.

Zooey Deschanel as Jovie
Zooey Deschanel as Jovie

For other girls, what would pose as a cause for concern—Buddy’s childlike behavior—Jovie instead enjoys. She relishes his simple quest for fun, even if it means trapping themselves in a rotating door without knowing when the ride would stop.

But the budding romance doesn’t come without its price. In a strange sequence of events, Jovie finds herself singing in the department store shower before its opening with Buddy joining in on her private crooning.

An innocent mistake.

Regardless of what may have happened between them, Jovie shows what makes her who she is by her belief of which others have lost faith. While others scoff at the notion Santa exists, Jovie stands up in the crowd and declares her belief loud and clear:

“You better watch out, you better not cry, you better not pout, I’m telling you why. Santa Claus is coming to town.”

With those words, Jovie saves Christmas and the world once again believes in the things that make children stay up at night to wish upon a star.

Jovie of Elf—a true believer of Christmas magic.


What did you think of the movie Elf? What do you think about Zooey Deschanel’s character Jovie?


Jack Flacco is an author and the founder of Looking to God Ministries, an organization dedicated to spreading the Word of God through outreach programs, literature and preaching.

18 thoughts on “Jovie

  1. Elf, Christmas Vacation, and Polar Express. The three Christmas movies I need to watch during the season! Love them!

  2. Elf, Christmas Vacation, and Polar Express are the three Christmas movies I can’t miss watching during the season. They are just awesome.

  3. There is a need for magic, a need for innocence in a world that pushes the vile. Thank God for Xmas. A time when the vile goes back into the vial. When the sleigh is driven by reindeer who do not crap on your house as they await Santa going down your chimney or condo or apartment. It is the time of joy and Elf is a joy.

  4. This was one of the few Christmas movie I could stand when I worked in a movie rental place. Once December hit, we could only show Christmas movies. Apparently, ‘Die Hard’, ‘Bad Santa’, and ‘Gremlins’ weren’t allowed.

      1. I caught it a couple of times, thought Bill Murray was pretty good in it.

        My stepsis’ favorite holiday movie is ” It’s A Wonderful Life “

      2. It would be more appropriate for Passover. That, or ” The Prince of Egypt “, even though PoE is an animated musical.

      3. Definitely, but I think the people who suggest it don’t really pay attention to the Jewish holiday schedule. It’s the only movie we have until that Christian Bale remake comes out. At least we have the ‘Chanukah Song’.

      4. I’d rather hear the Dreidle Song, really. 🙂
        Someone should write some Festivus songs. Maybe Frank Costanza was onto something.

  5. & Zooey Deschanel couldn’t be any more different from Emily Deschanel. Zooey does comedy pretty well & leaves the serious roles like Temperance Brennan to Emily.

      1. I’ve only seen on her ” New Girl ” ( ? ) series on Fox, & as Tricia McMillian / Trillian on the ” Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy ” movie.

        Come to think of it, I haven’t seen Emily Deschanel on much besides ” Bones “. She was in an adaptation of a Steven King movie / miniseries, ” Rose Red “, & had a very small ” blink & you’ll miss it ” bit – part as a bored secretary in the 1st Spider – man movie.

  6. I’ve got to admit – Not a big fan of Will Ferrell, but ELF is a holiday movie that I try to catch each season.
    My favorite line ? ” He’s an ANGRY elf ! “. 🙂

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