Right around this time of year, everyone is breaking out the Christmas movies– And one popular Christmasy comedy is Elf. Something about Buddy the Elf's extreme naïveté tickles our funny bones!
However, one man's yearly Elf rewatch ended with an epiphany. During his movie binge, blogger Trent decided that Elf is most definitely a prequel to Step Brothers. Oh, and he's pretty sure that Buddy has adult-onset diabetes. But it's the prequel thing that gets interesting!
As it turns out, both movies have a few things in common. When you look at the bigger picture... well, Trent might be on to something.
Check out this wacky theory, and see what you think when you're done!
We all know Elf, right?It's the classic "boy lives in the North Pole, discovers he's human, meets father, finds stepfamily, and shows everyone the true meaning of Christmas'" story.
And of course, it stars Will Ferrell.Ferrell plays Buddy the Elf, a grown man so full of childlike wonder that he, well, gets into countless shenanigans.
By some twist of fate, he ended up in the North Pole as a baby.And there, he was raised as an elf!
Then he finds out he's human.So he travels to New York city to meet his father (and step-family).
He kinda sticks out at first.And his biological father isn't too thrilled about it for most of the movie.
And he gets off on the wrong foot with the love of his life.Zooey Deschanel plays Buddy's romantic interest Jovie, a lady suffering from a lack of Christmas spirit.
Basically, Buddy has a rough time of it.No matter where he goes, he can't seem to fit in.
Until his family accepts him.And Buddy raises enough Christmas spirit to power up Santa's sleigh!
And that's where the story ends.
What if Buddy's step mom in Elf divorced James Caan, got custody of Buddy, renamed Buddy to Brennan, remarried and that's Step Brothers?— Trent (@Trent)1480989109.0
Sounds crazy, right?But here's the thing: it actually makes sense when you really think about it. After all, Elf was made years before Step Brothers. They could very well take place in the same universe!
Let's start with the moms.According to Trent, this is one of the bigger connectors between the two movies. Mary Steenburgen plays the mother of Will Farrell's character in both movies.
Now, in Stepbrothers, she's the biological mother.In Step Brothers, she plays the divorced mother of Brennan Huff. In Elf, she's technically the step-mother of Buddy the Elf.
But Trent had an explanation.Which is that Walter, Buddy's biological father, loathed him for most of the movie– whereas his step-mother was really happy to meet him. So logically, if there were a custody battle, she'd probably win.
You have to wonder at her reaction to Buddy.Most women would be confused at best, and furious at worst, if their husband's long-lost son from a previous relationship showed up on the doorstep out of the blue. Yet she's the most welcoming out of the whole family! There's obviously a connection between them– certainly more so than between Walter and Buddy.
And thus, the divorce.We know that Step Brothers' Nancy is divorced, right? So what if she and Walter had done the divorcing? And with her being a more fit parent, she got Buddy!
Also, here's WHY there would be a divorce.We'll let Trent answer this one directly:
Don’t even ask why they got divorced. Walter absolutely ended up getting fired from his job and became an alcoholic.Yep. There you have it, folks!
Next up: the name change.Brennan Huff is a far cry from Buddy, right? But what if, after the divorce, his mom got Buddy a name change to make the transition into the real world less difficult?
How about the brothers?
@BarstoolTrent I can see the resemblance! https://t.co/jGTQCDzrN9— Mike Celly (@Mike Celly)1480992814.0