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Bad Santa (2003)

R  |   |  Comedy, Crime, Drama  |  26 November 2003 (USA)
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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

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

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

Genres:

Comedy | Crime | Drama

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

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Release Date:

26 November 2003 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Badder Santa  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$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'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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Nowhere in Miami Beach are there hills like the one in front of Willie's apartment. Neither are there palm trees as high as are shown in the movie. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Willie: Hey, can I get another drink down here?
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In loving memory of John Ritter See more »

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Jingle Bell Rock
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Written by Joseph Beal and James Boothe
Performed by Bobby Sherman
Courtesy of Bobby Sherman Enterprises, Inc.
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Crude,Rude and Surprisingly Touching
8 January 2005 | by (Sudbury,Canada) – See all my reviews

I avoided this flic when it first came out due to the reviews which concentrated on the 'cynicism'and 'edgyness' of the effort. It is crude.It is rude.And is is filled with enough 4-letter words to be its own zone of bad taste. Know what else? Billy Bob Thorton is masterful as is the rest of the cast.There are no 'heroes',but Billy Bob is not exactly an anti-hero either.He portrays a broken,dysfunctional loser who holds nothing in contempt so much as himself.Desiring nothing so much as extinction,he rambles through life hating EVERYTHING. But it's Christmas,and even for losers third,fourth,fifth,or 50th chances sometimes show up.Watching Billy Bob's character 'grow-up'during the film is surprisingly heartwarming.For a broken man,he does the best he can once he allows himself to 'give-a-damm'. See this for his performance(and the rest of the cast),and be surprised.


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