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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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Storyline

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

Taglines:

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

Genres:

Comedy | Crime | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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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Trivia

The Czech Republic's title for this film translates as "Santa is a Pervert". See more »

Goofs

During the bar scene where Willy meets the bartender, Sue, her hands constantly change when they say cheers, and then drink the booze. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Willie: Hey, can I get another drink down here?
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Soundtracks

Deck the Halls
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Arrangement by Tommy Newsom
Performed by Boots Randolph
Courtesy of LaserLight Digital and Buster Ann Music
By Arrangement with Source/Q
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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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