Bad Santa

2006-03-30 12:45

Billy Bob Thornton is Willie T. Stokes, a washed-up, wise-cracking Department Store Santa who can't help but be more naughty than nice. Underneath his ill-fitting red suit, Willie is actually a safecracker who makes one big score every year - on Christmas Eve. As shoppers head home from the mall, this Santa and his ingenious Elf - Willie's midget partner-in-crime Marcus (Tony Cox) - crack the store safe and make off with their own holiday stash.

But then comes Phoenix. Here Santa and his Elf find their annual heist endangered by a pesky store manager (John Ritter), a savvy mall detective (Bernie Mac), a sexy Santa fan (Lauren Graham) and an innocent but beleaguered 8 year-old misfit (Brett Kelly) who decides to believe that Willie - as intoxicated, acid-tongued and felonious as he seems to be -- is the real Santa he's been seeking.

What the critics are saying:

"Funny, sweary and exceptionally acted by Billy Bob Thornton, Bad Santa is the rudest Christmas movie you will ever see. It's a one-joke flick, really, but a rib-cracking one at that."
- Nev Pierce, BBCi Film

"I didn't like this movie merely because it was weird and different; I liked it because it makes no compromises and takes no prisoners. And because it is funny."
- Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times

"Will Santa turn out to have a heart of gold? Will he heck. It is in quite appalling taste and outrageously funny."
- Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian

This black Christmas comedy about a safecracker posing as a department store Santa is rude, brash and outrageously funny. Definitely not recommended for families.

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