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Tear Jerker / Elf

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  • Walter telling Buddy to get out of his life, after he accidentally costs him a big book-publishing deal. Buddy looks so depressed and disheartened that it's soul-crushing, helped in no small part by John Debney's heartbreaking score.
    Buddy: Where do you want me to go?
    Walter: I don't care where you go. I DON'T CARE THAT YOU'RE AN ELF! I DON'T CARE THAT YOU'RE NUTS! I DON'T CARE THAT YOU'RE MY SON! GET OUT OF MY LIFE! NOW!
    • Seeing Walter's potential deal with Miles Finch unwittingly crushed by Buddy's naïvete. Taking out his anger on Buddy was certainly a jerk thing to do, but you can still imagine the stress and frustration that he must have been feeling at that moment, especially because he knows Buddy doesn't know any better.
      • Tellingly, this is the only time he raises his voice in anger after spending most of the movie, at most, passive-aggressive. One gets the impression that he doesn't want to do this, but he has no choice.
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    • "I don't belong here. I don't belong anywhere."
    • And while wandering the city in despair, Buddy winds up on the Manhattan Bridge — he looks out at the choppy water below and, for a moment, looks as if he's considering jumping off of it. There's a reason the DVD Commentary calls it the It's a Wonderful Life scene.
  • That one poor nun who doesn't get the books, even though the children love the books.
  • The thought of Buddy having nothing else to do but sit in the corner doing nothing when he goes to work with Walter, presumably every single day or until Walter can find a way to get rid of him.
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