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Bad Santa (2003)
Comedy,Crime
USA / English
"He's very naughty . . . and not very nice. [DVD] "
A miserable conman and his partner pose as Santa and his Little Helper to rob department stores on Christmas Eve. But they run into problems when the conman befriends a troubled kid, and the security boss discovers the plot.
Billy Bob Thornton Willie
Tony Cox Marcus
Brett Kelly The Kid
Lauren Graham Sue
Lauren Tom Lois
Bernie Mac Gin
John Ritter Bob Chipeska
Ajay Naidu Hindustani Troublemaker
Lorna Scott Milwaukee Mother
Harrison Bieker Milwaukee Boy
Alex Borstein Milwaukee Mom with Photo
Alexandra Korhan Girl on Santa's Lap
Dylan Charles Milwaukee Bratty Boy
Billy Gardell Milwaukee Security Guard
Lisa Ross Milwaukee Bartender
Director: Terry Zwigoff
Producer: Sarah Aubrey,John Cameron,Bob Weinstein
Writer: Glenn Ficarra,John Requa
If only all Horrorday-season films could be like this...
If the insipid, family-friendly, Christians-über-alles propaganda that is unleashed every holiday season has you dreading the end of every year, do not despair. Relief is at hand, and it is a supreme irony that it should come from mainstream media sources that normally drown us in the garbage I just spoke of. Columbia Pictures woke up and realized that there are people who don't fit into the Nuclear Family, 2.3 children mold that MoneyMas is normally marketed to. That's what Bad Santa is all about.

Our story focuses on a failure who fritters away his years by working stores as a Santa. As the film opens, we learn why he bothers with the Santa routine. His midget sidekick sneaks into the store he is casing, then disables the alarm, and together, the team loots the store for all they can get. Our main hero, however, wastes away everything he makes from this endeavor. As a result, he is there casing a store the next year, but things don't go quite as smoothly as he plans during the year depicted in this film.

First, he meets a rather attractive bartender. Played by Lauren Graham of Whingemore Girls fame, her turn in this film could not be more far removed from what she is known for. It is almost as if she wanted to take a big dump on people's expectations of her. In this endeavor, Lauren's character is a foul-mouthed nymph with a Santa fetish. Speaking of foul-mouthed, it takes some real nerve to make a MoneyMas film that, at 243 profanities, sets the record for MoneyMas films. Before Bad Santa, I doubt there even was a record of this type for MoneyMas films.

Two major names were signed onto this film, but had to drop out due to other commitments. These being Bill Murray and Jack Nicholson. It is just as well that they did, because the casting here is perfect. Who else but Billy Bob Thornton could deliver lines about what his female costars aren't going to do right for a week with such conviction? Billy Bob says that he was actually drunk during filming. Which adds a whole new dimension to the film - trying to determine which scenes were filmed drunk or sober.

There are going to be people crying that this film is offensive, or not in the "true spirit of MoneyMas" (whatever that means). Quite honestly, with the saccharine feel of MoneyMas, we need *more* films like Bad Santa, not less. The holiday suicide rate would be reduced if people who saw this time for what it was, a time of worshiping the bigger wallet, had greater access to material like this.

I gave Bad Santa a ten out of ten. There is no film on Earth that has been marketed to tie in with MoneyMas, not Santa With Muscles or even the Star Wars Holiday Special, that I have enjoyed this much. See it once, see it twice, see it as many times as you need to get through the so-called Holiday Season.

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Imdb rating: 7.2
Musician: David Kitay
Running time: 91 min / 88 min (Director's cut) / 98 min (unrated version)
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