• Bad Santa (2003)

Bad Santa

Release Date: November 26th, 2003

DVD Release Date: June 22nd, 2004

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

Production Co: The KL Line, Triptych Pictures, Dimension Films

Keywords: Fall, Spirited, Growing up, Dark, Bar, 2000s, Love

Ratings & Reviews

  • 60
    Joe MorgensternWall Street Journal

    I wanted to believe in Bad Santa. At least half of the time I did.

  • 80
    Michael RechtshaffenThe Hollywood Reporter

    Happens to be extremely funny -- at times sidesplittingly so -- thanks to Zwigoff's way with raw irreverence and Thornton's perfectly pitched, ready-for-anything performance. show more

  • 50
    Steven ReaPhiladelphia Inquirer

    Aspires to the devilish crudity and unfettered social commentary of South Park. But Zwigoff's direction lacks the exaggerated cartoonishness necessary. show more

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Nominated Best Performance By an Actor in a Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy