Starring: Billy-Bob Thornton, Bernie Mac, Tony Cox, Brett Kelly, Lauren Graham
Directed by: Terry Zwigoff
Synopsis: A miserable conman and his partner pose as Santa and his Little Helper to rob department stores on Christmas Eve. But they run into problems when the conman befriends a troubled kid, and the security boss discovers the plot.
A perfect antidote to the usual cheerful Christmas movies with their positive messages. Bah humbug! Come join the dark side instead! Bad Santa is one hilarious movie. I remember watching it back when it came out and thinking how great it was. I’ve seen it once or twice in the last ten years and it still makes me laugh now.
Billy Bob Thornton is perfectly cast as the titular anti-hero, smoking, drinking and sexing his way around the department store whilst dressed as Santa. Bad taste? Totally. Funny? Extremely! Tony Cox plays his ‘Little Helper’ and is just as bad tempered and foul mouthed.
As both conmen go about the business of robbing their latest department store, run by Bernie Mac, Willie (Thornton) stumbles across a bullied kid (Kelly). He starts off being as boorish to the kid as he is to everyone else, but, this being a Christmas film, it’s all smiles in the end (kind of, but that would be a spoiler).
I’m sure this movie, with it’s hard living, potty mouthed, rough take on Christmas won’t be everyone’s cup of tea, but it’s good that it is out there in movie world for anyone who wants an alternative to the sugar coated stories we normally get. And yes, it’s a riot from start to finish!