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Bad Santa
Billy Bob Thornton and Bernie Mac




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Billy Bob Thornton is terrific as Willie T. Stokes, a lowlife department-store Santa in Terry Zwigoff's outrageous comedic follow-up to his offbeat hit GHOST WORLD. Every year, Stokes takes a job as Santa in a different place in order to rob the store he's working in. The diminutive Tony Cox plays his horny sidekick, Marcus, the real mastermind, who is even more foulmouthed than Stokes. Brett Kelly is Thurman Merman, an eight-year-old who desperately needs to believe in the real Santa Claus--and just might have a good enough heart to change Stokes's evil ways. Or maybe not. And Lauren Graham plays Sue, a young sexpot who wants to get a different kind of gift from Santa. Providing excellent comic relief in this black comedy is John Ritter, in his last film role, as the mousy mall manager, and Bernie Mac as Gin, the mall security guard who suspects something is not right. Be warned--BAD SANTA is not a family holiday movie. It is lewd, crude, and very funny, but it is most definitely not for children. Joel and Ethan Coen, the brothers behind such quirky hits as RAISING ARIZONA and BARTON FINK, are the executive producers who came up with the idea in the first place, influenced by the likes of THE BAD NEWS BEARS and SOUTH PARK.

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Overview

Billy Bob Thornton is terrific as Willie T. Stokes, a lowlife department-store Santa in Terry Zwigoff's outrageous comedic follow-up to his offbeat hit GHOST WORLD. Every year, Stokes takes a job as Santa in a different place in order to rob the store he's working in. The diminutive Tony Cox plays his horny sidekick, Marcus, the real mastermind, who is even more foulmouthed than Stokes. Brett Kelly is Thurman Merman, an eight-year-old who desperately needs to believe in the real Santa Claus--and just might have a good enough heart to change Stokes's evil ways. Or maybe not. And Lauren Graham plays Sue, a young sexpot who wants to get a different kind of gift from Santa. Providing excellent comic relief in this black comedy is John Ritter, in his last film role, as the mousy mall manager, and Bernie Mac as Gin, the mall security guard who suspects something is not right. Be warned--BAD SANTA is not a family holiday movie. It is lewd, crude, and very funny, but it is most definitely not for children. Joel and Ethan Coen, the brothers behind such quirky hits as RAISING ARIZONA and BARTON FINK, are the executive producers who came up with the idea in the first place, influenced by the likes of THE BAD NEWS BEARS and SOUTH PARK.

Main Cast & Crew

Terry Zwigoff - Director
Billy Bob Thornton
Bernie Mac
Lauren Graham
Cloris Leachman
John Ritter
Tony Cox
Brett Kelly
Lauren Tom
Hayden Bromberg
Stu Brumbaugh

 

Details

Blu-Ray Disc Format
  • Format: Blu-ray (Digital Copy)
  • Run Time: 93
  • Color Format: Color
  • UPC: 031398204794
  • Genre: Comedy
  • Rating: R (pervasive language, strong sexual content and some violence)
  • Release Date: June 2004

Related Categories:
Movies > Comedies

Related Keywords:
Black Comedy
Holiday
Thieves
Christmas
Theatrical Release
Holidays
Santa Claus

 

Movie Reviews

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Theatrical Release: November 26, 2003

Reviews:
"...An achingly funny and corrupt dark comedy....Mr. Zwigoff has a taste for finding the dramatic power of self-loathing and making it entertainment..." - 11/26/2003 New York Times, p.E1


"...It unapologetically exults in its characters' glorious imperfection..." - 11/26/2003 Los Angeles Times, p.C3


"...Billy Bob Thornton is sinfully funny....As slime personified, he's sublime..." - 12/11/2003 Rolling Stone, p.214


"There are 50 times more laughs here than in THE CAT IN THE HAT." - 12/05/2003 USA Today, p.12E


"BAD SANTA is a demented, twisted, unreasonably funny work of comic kamikaze style." - 11/26/2003 Chicago Sun-Times, p.61


"[T]ransgressive-comedy heaven." - 07/01/2004 Movieline's Hollywood Life, p.87


"BAD SANTA is a towering achievement: a dark, profane comedy about everything that's both right and wrong with the season of goodwill. Essential, dark-hearted Yuletide viewing for misanthropes everywhere." - 12/01/2004 Uncut, p.178

 

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