• Bad Santa (2003)

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

Ratings & Reviews

  • 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

  • 88
    Roger EbertChicago Sun-Times

    A demented, twisted, unreasonably funny work of comic kamikaze style, starring Billy Bob Thornton as Santa in a performance that's defiantly uncouth. show more

  • 88
    Mark CaroChicago Tribune

    The foulest holiday movie I've ever seen -- and the funniest. show more

See all critic reviews on metacritic.com

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