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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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Get Naughty this Holiday Season. See more »

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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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26 November 2003 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

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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The unrated version of the film furthers the record for the most profanities in a Christmas film, including 170 uses of "fuck", 74 uses of "shit", 31 uses of "ass", 10 uses of "bitch", and 1 use of "bastard", in variable forms. See more »

Goofs

Just before Willie wrecks the nativity donkeys in front of all the kids, he is shown collapsed lying down on the escalator with what looks like a broken bottle in his hand. In the next shot when he stands up and walks towards the donkeys the bottle is clearly whole. Then in the next shot it is broken again. See more »

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[first lines]
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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Winter Wonderland
(1934)
Written by Felix Bernard and Richard B. Smith (as Dick Smith)
Performed by The Symphonette Society
Courtesy of Unidisc Music, Inc.
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The perfect Christmas antidote
23 December 2004 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Hilarious from start to finish, this movie covers the story of an alcoholic safe cracker who works as a shopping mall Santa to steal money from the mall on Christmas eve. The concept of the movie is simple and the script is razor sharp with well drawn characters enhanced by faultless performances throughout. As with all good comedies, the material is inspired but it's the delivery that makes it unforgettable. Thornton proves that when it comes to Dead-pan comedy, there's no one better! His performance alone would be enough to make this film good but the fact that his high standards are maintained by the rest of the cast elevates it to a classic.


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