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Christmas Doesn’t Have to be Over— But Maybe it Should Be

Published January 22, 2005 in MOVIE REVIEW
By Ryan Parsons | Image property of Miramax
Ghost Rider Billy Bob Thornton and Tony Cox in Bad Santa
Well the Christmas season is officially over and most of us are happy about that. Yes we all love thinking about it when Thanksgiving is ending, but it is nice to move on into the new year. However, for those of you who didn't quite get your old Saint Nick fix that you wanted, you can turn to Billy Bob Thornton, who gives us a glimpse into a real life working Santa in, Bad Santa. I don't know about you but there is something uniquely hilarious about seeing Santa holding himself up with one hand smashed into the side of a wall and the other pulling his coat into his stomach so that he won't get any vomit on it as he hurls on to his boots.

Bad Santa becomes Badder


Badder Santa is the unrated version of Terry Zwigoff's lough-out-loud dark comedy, Bad Santa. The film follows sleaze-ball Willie T. Soke [Billie Bob Thornton] and his midget friend Marcus [Tony Cox] through a holiday scam like no other. These two play Santa and elf as a means to case out a mall and rob it for everything they have been wanting throughout the year.

As if this is not reason enough to check this movie out, let me also point out that this movie represents everything that Christmas is not about in a most comical way. Santa is a homeless alcoholic who can't keep his mouth closed or his zipper up, all of this is teamed with bad attitude which is a recipe for the greatest dark comedy since The Cable Guy.

And if by chance you are still hungry for more, the unrated DVD release is packed with extras. It not only features five extra minutes incorporated into the film, but also a Badder Santa gag reel, a behind the scenes feature, deleted and alternate scenes and outtakes.

Bad Santa is the most disturbing holiday movie I have ever seen, but let me also say that it is absolutely the funniest Christmas feature since National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation, and will always immediately abscond any appetite for Christmas spirit I have throughout the year in the most paradox of ways.

The film also stars Bernie Mac and John Ritter. This film was Ritter's last before his unexpected departure from us.

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