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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.

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Willie T. Stokes is a convicted con man who's led a miserable life. He drinks heavily and constantly embarrasses himself publicly. He only works once a year dressed as Santa. But then come Christmas Eve, he and his pint-sized helper dwarf Marcus stage elaborate robberies and take their department stores for everything they got. This year, they hit a mall in suburban Phoenix, Arizona. This time around, Willie gets distracted by having sex with large women, a bartender who is attracted to Santas, and a kid who's convinced he's the real deal. However, this time around Marcus must once again put up with Willie's heavy drinking and a series of incidents that constantly shoot themselves in the foot. Not to mention a nosy department store security guard who's onto them and wants his cut of the loot. Will Willie and Marcus make it to next Christmas? Or will this be the year the dynamic duo finally face justice? Written by halo1k

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He's very naughty . . . and not very nice. [DVD] See more »

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Rated R for pervasive language, strong sexual content and some violence | See all certifications »

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26 November 2003 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Badder Santa  »

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$18,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$2,983 (Hong Kong) (31 December 2004)

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$2,983 (Hong Kong) (31 December 2004)
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Billy Bob Thornton's character "Willie" last name is revealed as Soke when he is in the hotel room in Miami, on the answering machine. See more »

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When Willie steals the chocolates from the Kid's advent calendar he is wearing a watch on his right wrist. In the next shot when he is swigging from the bottle the watch is gone. See more »

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Willie: Hey, can I get another drink down here?
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There is a special thanks to Leonardo DiCaprio See more »

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Featured in The 61st Annual Golden Globe Awards (2004) See more »

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Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy
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Written by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
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I cant believe some of the comments...
24 September 2004 | by See all my reviews

I think this movie was great. It has hilarious humour and its almost an unique growth story of a man that has grown tired of his miserable life and finds something worth fighting for.

The thing that bothers me is that some people criticize the film cause it has too bad language. In my opinion the used language is important part of the film. I wouldn't find the characters very "authentic" if they wouldn't use the kind of language they do.

Maybe its part of modern trend. People are shocked if somebody swears or shows a breast in TV and after that they go see some idiotic TV series or action movie where they kill 1000 people and not even blink.

Is the message "violence is OK, but sex/nudity and swearing is not" somehow logical? I think in the real life its quite the opposite.


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