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.
Billy Bob Thornton,
Bi-polar mall security guard Ronnie Barnhardt is called into action to stop a flasher from turning shopper's paradise into his personal peep show. But when Barnhardt can't bring the culprit to justice, a surly police detective, is recruited to close the case.
The real life Susan Schmidt played Jack's secretary in this movie. See more »
When Jack is shown teaching screen-writing to fellow inmates, he has written on the board the film title 'Papillion' rather than 'Papillon'. See more »
You know, I do a shitload of reading and studying and praying, and I've come to a few conclusions I want to share. People look at politicians and celebrities on the TV and the newspapers, glossy magazines - what do they see? "I'm just like them." That's what they say. "I'm special. I'm different. I could be any one of them." Well guess what, you can't. You know why? Cause in reality, mediocrity is where most people live. Mediocrity is the elephant in the room. It's ubiquitous. ...
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Brief footage of the real Jack Abramoff's introduction speech of Tom DeLay is shown during the end credits. See more »
This movie just got released on DVD and Blu Ray this summer (2012) in Germany. I don't know about the rest of the world (though guessing it must have gotten a theatrical release in America, cast and director alone should stand for that), but this is not only 2 years after it's initial making, but also 2 years after its director past away. RIP George Hickenlooper.
Kevin Spacey excels in a very eccentric role that is based on a real person (events), though I haven't read up on him to say how much or close this is to reality. The "character" does have quite a few inconsistencies throughout (his goals clash somewhat with his intro mirror monologue), but that might make him intriguing. Of course the moral level is always defined by one owns perspective. That doesn't mean it's right or wrong. Or that some of us wouldn't have done the same things if we had the chance.
And that is what the movie is ultimately about. What might seem like a light affair, is actually a deep look into human psyche. It still has a few flaws (not in most of the acting department), but it does work, if you like those sort of movies
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