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Bad Santa

Released on 14 November 2005

Featuring: Billy Bob Thornton, Tony Cox & Brett Kelly

Format: DVD | Rating: 15 years & over

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The traditional Christmas tale will never be the same with the cleverly twisted, merrily irreverent story of a Santa so bad he's wickedly funny. Terry Zwigoff's Bad Santa stars Billy Bob Thornton as one of the most crooked, corrupted and downright hysterical Kris Kringles ever to grace the screen. Inspired by a mix of movie classics including the outrageous one-liners and outcasts of The Bad News Bears and the riotous impertinence of South Park, with a dash of the holiday spirit of A Christmas Carol, albeit one that would make Dickens wince!

Billy Bob Thornton is Willie T. Stokes, a washed-up, wise-cracking Department Store Santa who can't help but be more naughty than nice. Underneath his ill-fitting red suit, Willie is actually a safecracker who makes one big score every year - on Christmas Eve. As shoppers head home from the mall, this Santa and his ingenious Elf - Willie's midget partner-incrime Marcus (Tony Cox) - crack the store safe and make off with their own holiday stash. But then comes Phoenix. Here Santa and his Elf find their annual heist endangered by a pesky store manager (the late, John Ritter), a savvy mall detective (Bernie Mac), a sexy Santa fan (Lauren Graham) and an innocent but beleaguered 8 year-old misfit (Brett Kelly) who decides to believe that Willie - as intoxicated, acid-tongued and felonious as he seems to be -- is the real Santa he's been seeking.

On the heels of two films that brought him a hip, cult following and critical acclaim - Crumb and Ghost World - director Terry Zwigoff emerges with his most accessible comedy to date, all the while pulling no punches on a wild ride through Christmas' outlandish, funnier side. Laughing riotously all the way, the film skewers such classic holiday traditions as rampant commercialism, smart-mouthed mall rugrats and Santa's saintly image.
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 Offbeat And Hilarious ...

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Offbeat and hilarious, this is the perfect antidote to Hollywood's annual glut of sugary Christmas movies. Underneath layers of anger, sarcasm, profanity and booze, Bad Santa ultimately reveals a soft heart. For those who loathe the holidays or have a blacker-than-normal sense of humor, this is best gift you could possibly get this holiday season.

 The Christmas we've all wanted

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This is the best array of insults you'll ever come across.

Billy Bob Thornton is brillaint in his role as an alcoholic thief posing as a mall's Grotto Santa type fella who spends his time sleeping with larger than life prostitutes, abusing children and drinking his way to Vomit Central.

Of course things start to go a bit wrong when the mall security guard - played by Bernie Mac on top form - starts to catch wind of the ploy, Santa's partner-in-crime looks set to play mutiny and Santa himself adopts something similar to a conscience - all at the same time roughly, as that's pivotal to the plot, of course.

Adopting a wry humour that's always more pitch black than slapstick-foul - but remaining true to it's bad tatse - Terry Zwigoff has made a black comedy that's a cut above most other films of it's creed.

 Quality! very funny

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Excellent film to be honest i didnt expect much from this film but it was amazing truly amazing

 It's okay I guess...

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I found this film okay, I was pretty tired when I watched it so I wasn't giving it my full attention. The storyline was pretty good but it went on for too long in my opinion. I'm going to probably watch this again when I'm less tired...

 jingle all the way

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Billy bob thornton is brilliant as an alcoholic santa who likes to rob department stores.Highly amusing film.

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ActorsBilly Bob Thornton, Tony Cox, Brett Kelly, Lauren Graham, Lauren Tom, Bernie Mac, John Ritter, Ajay Naidu, Lorna Scott, Harrison Bieker, Alex Borstein, Dylan Charles, Billy Gardell, Lisa Ross & Bryan Callen
DirectorTerry Zwigoff
Certificate15 years and over
Year2003
ScreenWidescreen 1.85:1 Anamorphic
LanguagesEnglish - Dolby Digital (5.1)
SubtitlesEnglish for the hearing impaired ; English ; German ; Hindi ; Turkish
Duration1 hour and 35 minutes (approx)
RegionRegion 2 - Will only play on European Region 2 or multi-region DVD players.