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R| 1 hr. 33 min.

Plot Summary
In this dark comedy, the crotchety Willie T. Stokes (Billy Bob Thornton) and his partner (Tony Cox) reunite once a year for a holiday con. Posing as a mall Santa and his elf, they rip off shopping outlets on Christmas Eve. This year, however, Willie is falling apart. He's depressed and alcoholic, and his erratic behavior draws the suspicion of mall security (Bernie Mac). But when befriending a small boy brings out his kinder side, Willie begins to wonder if there is still some hope for him.

Cast: Billy Bob Thornton , Tony Cox , Brett Kelly , Lauren Graham , Lauren Tom , Bernie Mac , John Ritter , Ajay Naidu

Director: Terry Zwigoff

Genres: Comedy

Bad Santa (2003)

Release Date: November 26th, 2003|1 hr. 33 min.

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  • If you've had it with all that feel-good holiday sludge, hook up with the combustibly nasty Bad Santa. It could become a Christmas perennial for Scrooges of all ages. show more

  • A tasteless, vulgar, savage assault against everything that is good and decent in the Christmas season. I think you are going to like it. show more

  • This is a filmmaker who instinctively knows that a shot of Santa sitting at a bar as Ricky Nelson sings Jingle Bells will be no-frills funny. show more

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