Starring: Emilia Clarke, Henry Golding, Michelle Yeoh, Emma Thompson, Rebecca Root, Lydia Leonard, Patti LuPone, Ingrid Oliver
Romantic comedy directed by Paul Feig and co-written by Emma Thompson. The story centers on Kate (Emilia Clarke), who has been continuously unlucky and decides to accept a job as a department store elf during the holidays. However, when Kate meets Tom (Henry Golding) on the job, her life takes a turn. For Kate, it seems too good to be true as Tom starts to see through so many of her barriers and London transforms into the most wonderful time of the year.
[after dropping her hair dryer into the fish tank and killing the fish]
Kate: Look, okay, it’s not my fault.
Kate’s Flatmate: I bet nothing’s ever your fault, is it darling?
[throws Kate’s suitcase out the door and closes the door in her face]
Jenna: Your suite, madam!
[turns on the light in the room and we see it’s her baby’s room with a mattress on the floor]
Kate: This is going to be so good for my sex life.
[they both laugh]
[on the phone]
Kate: Jenna hates me. listen, I just really need a bed for the night, just a few…
Kate’s Boss: Hey, elf!
[Kate turns to face her]
Kate’s Boss: This is my little helper. I have nicknamed her Lazy the Elf, because she appears never to work. She could also be called Crushing Disappointment the Elf.
Kate: [to herself] Father bloody Christmas, get me out of here.
[after seeing Tom through the shop window peering up at something]
Tom: Jesus! Where did you come from?
Kate: Well, what are you looking at?
[they look up to see a bird on the scaffolding]
Tom: Might be a falcon. It’s quite unusual to see a bird like that in town.
[the bird poops on Kate and it lands on her eye]
Kate: Oh, dammit!
Tom: I think it just pooed in your eye.
Kate: [embarrassed] Yeah, I think so.
[she turns to walk back into the shop]
Tom: It’s good luck, you know.
Kate: What is?
Tom: Getting pooed on by a bird.
Kate: I’m busy. You’re weird. Goodbye.
[closes the shop door]
Marta: [to Kate] You’ve missed five doctor’s appointments. Mum is scared!
[knocking on the front door]
[Adelia opens the door]
Adelia: No call. No Twitter.
Kate: Yeah, okay. I’m sorry. I know.
Adelia: You can phone me. You can ring me. I worry about you!
Kate’s Dad: You have thrown away your life working in some silly Christmas shop.
Kate: Yes, but that’s not what I do do. I’m not a career elf.
[at the doctors]
Dr. Addis: So tell me about the diet.
Adelia: She is eating rubbish
Dr. Addis: So, uh, telling me about sleep.
Adelia: She never sleeps.
Kate: Yeah, it’s good.
Dr. Addis: Exercise?
Adelia: Not at all.
Dr. Addis: Alcohol?
Adelia: Oh, she’s drinking like the pirate.
Kate: Every once in a while.
[gets up to leave]
Kate: Oh, okay. Fine. Thank you, doctor. Thank you so much for your time. let’s go, mum.
Kate: It’s all part of my grand plan to become a famous singer.
[singing Last Christmas for her audition]
Kate: Last Christmas I gave you my heart…
Man: Fantastic. Fantastic. Ooh, uh, sorry.
[looks at his piece of paper]
Man: No, no, no. It was shit.
[as she accidentally runs into Tom]
Kate: You! Again!
Tom: What do you mean “again”?
Kate: Did you follow me here?
Tom: Are elves always so cynical?
Kate: Yes. Relentlessly. These are dark times.
Tom: I’m Tom.
[they shake hands]
Kate: Has anyone ever told you there’s something slightly serial killery about you?
Tom: No. Never more than once anyway.
[walking through a public garden]
Tom: Here we are.
Kate: Is this where you murder me?
Tom: So what is it that you do?
Kate: I sing.
Tom: Oh, that’s amazing.
Kate: Anyway, boring, boring, boring.
Tom: I’m not bored.
Kate: [to Tom] You are so strange.
[Tom stops by a homeless shelter]
Kate: Where are you going?
Tom: Well, in there.
Kate: Well, you’re not homeless.
Tom: No, I volunteer here.
Kate: [laughs] Why didn’t you just get “saint” tattooed on your forehead?
Tom: I really enjoyed our walk today.
Kate’s Boss: [to Kate] You were great at your job when you started. But now, it’s like you don’t care anymore.
[startled by Tom]
Kate: Hi. Hi.
Tom: Can I help?
Kate: Last Christmas, I was really sick, and almost died. I don’t tell people because they get weird. But I don’t think you’ll get weird.
Kate: [to Tom] I’m a mess. When I was ill, it felt like I’d lost something special. I could sing before. I had all these dreams.
Kate: I’m just scared all the time. They just expect me to be normal and get on with life.
Tom: There’s no such thing as normal, and just being a human being is hard. Maybe you should do something nice for someone.
Tom: [to Kate] You’re going to make mistakes, and that’s okay. You’re made of everything you do.
[starts singing outside the homeless shelter in her elf outfit to raise money for the shelter]
Kate: Deck the halls with boughs of holly. Fa-la-la-la-la, la-la-la-la. Tis the season to be jolly.
[as he watches]
Tom: Oh, boy.
Kate: I’ve been volunteering at the shelter.
Kate’s Boss: [to Kate] That seems like a healthy choice. What’s wrong with you?
Kate: I’ve been trying to find you. You keep disappearing, and then when I do bump into you, accidentally, I might add…
Tom: It wasn’t accidental.
Kate: Why me?
Tom: It was always going to be you.
[as Kate and Tom are about to kiss at the ice rink]
Security Guard: You can’t be in here!
Tom: No, we’re leaving!
[they start running off with their ice skating shoes still on]
Kate: We are so lucky to be alive.
[referring to Tom; to Kate: ]
Kate’s Boss: I like this man.
Kate: [to Tom] Now what?
Tom: How was it a home?
Kate: Hell. Mum sang me to sleep.
Tom: You’re the only person who can make being sung to sleep sound like water boarding.
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