Movie Stats & Links
||Billy Bob Thornton, Tony Cox,
Brett Kelly, Lauren Graham, Bernie Mac
||Definitely not, no matter how
loudly the kids scream they want to see the movie.
||If she's got a twisted sense of
||Some pretty wild scenes.
||Some punches get thrown, and some
||Lots of them.
||Too many to mention.
||Too many to mention.
||John Cameron, Sarah Aubrey, Bob
The trailers for "Bad Santa" sure provided a challenge
for parents as their kids were now asking "Daddy, why is Santa bad?"
Iím not a parent, nor do I pretend to be, but I suppose parents had to
adjust their explanation of Santa Clause a bit, maybe explaining that
sometimes Santaís helpers, you know, those ones at the mall, end up
being naughty, not nice, and Santa still treats them the same and they
will get a lump of coal in their stocking hung by the fireplace.
Anyway, I wasnít presented with that problem, I was just looking for a
twisted Christmas movie, and I sure got it.
A Movie Review
Pretty much the story
goes that Willie (Billy Bob Thornton) and Marcus (Tony Cox) infiltrate
a different mall every year, posing as Santa and his helper elf, in
order to case out the joint and rob it of its loot. Every year Willie
says that this will be his last job, then when the money runs out,
well, heís back to calling up Marcus setting up the next job. As it
turns out, this time The Kid (Brett Kelly) shows up on Santaís lap,
and then lets Willie into his life. Early on we donít really know if
The Kid really believes Willie is Santa, we hope not, and that somehow
Willie is just taking the place of a father-figure, a really twisted
father-figure at that, because The Kidís parents are going to be away
from the house for a few years (the kid is being taken care of by his
totally out of it grandmother).
Meanwhile, Willie goes about the holiday season being totally
hammered, or banging fat women in the dressing rooms, at least until
he meets up with Sue (Lauren Graham), a bartender with a Santa fetish,
even if Santa is a drunk loser. Marcus, on the other hand, just keeps
trying his best to hold the con together, mostly threatening legal
action for firing a black elf.
"Bad Santa" is a dark comedy in every sense of the word, yet still
humorous in a truly adult way. But for those of you easily offended,
who were appalled at the trailer running during a football game and
having to explain things to your kids, well, you probably wonít find
the humor in it at all. The ending gives you a couple of fun plot
twists, and although Iím usually one rooting for the darkest of
endings, "Bad Santa" actually ended in a sappy, yet still dark, sort
This movie is definitely not for everyone. If you found the trailer
the least bit offensive, stay away, but for the rest of you there is a
humor present. You wonít be huddling around the fireplace year after
year waiting for "Bad Santa" to come on the TV so you can watch it
with your family, and I highly doubt TBS will be having 24 hours of
"Bad Santa", but for adult humor at the holiday time, this one fits
the bill. Itís 4 stars out of 5 for "Bad Santa." Thatís it for this
one! Iím The Dude on the Right!! L8R!!!