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 time around, Willie gets distracted by large women, a bartender who is attracted to Santas, and a kid who's convinced he's the real deal. However, Marcus must once again put up with Willie's heavy drinking and a series of incidents that constantly shoot themselves in the foot. Will Willie and Marcus make it to next Christmas? Or will this be the year the dynamic duo finally face justice?Written by
In his autobiography "The Billy Bob Tapes", Billy Bob Thornton said that if he could go back to any time in his life and relive it, he listed this film, The Alamo (2004) and when he worked for the Arkansas Highway Department in 1979. See more »
Lois' left arm changes positions several times at the food court when Willie is on his lunch break. See more »
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The unrated cut of 'Bad Santa' includes these changes:
There's an alternate take of Willie leaving the mall at the start of the movie with a more vulgar exchange with the security guard.
There's a whole new subplot at the beginning of the movie with Willie stealing a car and robbing someone's house, and then going to a strip club and bringing a stripper home before hearing the phone message telling him it's that time of year again.
There is more footage of Willie having sex in the dressing room.
The pinball scene with the underage girl is extended with more thrusting.
There's more swearing and berating in the food court scene.
There's some more footage of Willie yelling at The Kid after losing a game of checkers.
The jacuzzi sex scene is slightly longer.
The scene with Willie confronting a security guard outside the mall is extended.
Billy Bob Thornton has found his Josef Von Sternberg in Terry Zwigoff. As a revolting, immoral, insignificant Santa, Billy Bob is a wonder. His face is a moving, disturbing, hysterical reflection of his awareness. His life sucks. The cut from Miami to Billy Bob and his partner walking down the street in their Christmas costumes is, on its own, worth the price of admission. Terry Zwigoff has transformed the crumbs of society into a sophisticated, adult, art form. Billy Bob and his sensational young co star Brett Kelly create characters never seen before on the screen and as a consequence we cling on to their every nuance, incapable to predict what could happen next. That in itself makes Bad Santa a very welcome surprise and a great time at the movies.
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