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Fan Theory Says 'Elf' Is A Prequel To Another Film And It's Extremely Convincing

Fan Theory Says 'Elf' Is A Prequel To Another Film And It's Extremely Convincing

It's nearly Christmas, which means everyone is preparing for a glorious week of doing nothing, eating everything and watching a shed load of classic festive films.

And what would a festive film night be without the Will Ferrell-starring Elf? Although it was released all the way back in 2003, fans are still obsessing over the comedy-fantasy which saw the Anchorman star as a man raised as an elf at the North Pole who is sent to the US in search of his true identity.

As such, the fandom's birthed a number of batsh*t fan theories about the plot over the years - one of the best being so wonderfully bizarre, it could actually work.

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Twitter user @BarstoolTrent reckons he's spotted a link that connects the family-favourite with cult comedy classic Step Brothers - also starring Ferrell, alongside John C. Reilly.

John C. Reilly Says He's Down For A 'Step Brothers' Sequel. Credit: Columbia Pictures
John C. Reilly Says He's Down For A 'Step Brothers' Sequel. Credit: Columbia Pictures

In a tweet, he wrote: "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?"

Mind = Blown?

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It makes sense when you consider that Mary Steenburgen plays Ferrell's characters' mum in both films. And, as the theory suggests, Buddy's other brother from Elf, little Michael, grew up to be helicopter leasing agent Derek (the name change doesn't fit in, but let's put a pin in that for now).

Trent added: "One of the strongest pieces of evidence. Both Buddy and Brennan are amazing singers and their pipes are proudly displayed in each movie.

"It's mentioned in Step Brothers that Brennan recently worked at PetSmart which means he loved animals... You know who else loves animals? Buddy the Elf.

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"Both Buddy and Brennan cannot function as adults. It's the main issue in both flicks.

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"When Buddy's step mom in Elf asks, 'How long will you be staying with us?' Buddy says 'forever' and he means it.

"Brennan refuses to get a job and refuses to move outta the house because he's actually Buddy the Elf and wants to live at home forever.

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"So there you have it. Elf is the prequel to Step Brothers and you cannot convince me that's not true."

So crazy it could be true!? Okay, maybe not.

Whether you agree with his hypothesis or you thinks it's BS, it looks like a lot of people are on board:

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Featured Image Credit: New Line Cinema

Topics: Viral, Entertainment, step brothers, TV and Film, fan theory, Theory, Christmas Films, Twitter, Will Ferrell, Elf

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Daisy Phillipson

Daisy is a UK-based freelance journalist with too many opinions. She loves everything film and music-related and has a track record writing for Little White Lies, BWRC, and Film Daily. Contact her at editorial@ladbiblegroup.com