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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 doesn't care if you're naughty or nice. 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)  »

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Badder Santa  »

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$18,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$12,292,952 (USA) (28 November 2003)

Gross:

$2,983 (Hong Kong) (31 December 2004)
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Billy Bob Thornton admitted that he was genuinely intoxicated during the filming. See more »

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When Willie is in the bath talking to The Kid, the cloth he has draped over his face changes pattern and color between shots. 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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Referenced in The Cinema Snob: Elves (2011) See more »

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Silent Night, Holy Night
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Music by Franz Gruber
Lyrics by Joseph Mohr
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Wonderfully Funny, Very Irreverrent Christmas Movie
28 December 2004 | by (Seattle, WA) – See all my reviews

This is one of the best Christmas movie of all times. The casting is brilliant, and the chemistry between all the characters is very much present.

Billy Bob Thornton was especially funny as the loser in life who dons the red suit every Christmas. Just seeing Santa behaving drunken and swearing every other word tells you how different this is from the typical Christmas family friendly movies.

Bernie Mac was funny in his supporting role, and Tony Cox was OK. Billy Bob was phenomenal.

I've watched this movie twice already this Christmas season, and I loved every minute of it.


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