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Bad Santa (2003)

Billy Bob Thornton , Bernie Mac , Terry Zwigoff  |  Unrated |  DVD
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (720 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Billy Bob Thornton, Bernie Mac, Lauren Graham, John Ritter, Tony Cox
  • Directors: Terry Zwigoff
  • Writers: Glenn Ficarra, John Requa
  • Producers: Bob Weinstein, Brad Weston, David Crockett, Ethan Coen, Harvey Weinstein
  • Format: Anamorphic, Color, Dolby, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Miramax Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: June 22, 2004
  • Run Time: 91 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (720 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0001I55MO
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #177,521 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Bad Santa" on IMDb

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"'Bad Santa' is the foulest holiday movie I've ever seen - and the funniest". -- Chicago Tribune/Mark Caro

"...extremely funny -- at times sidesplittingly so." -- Hollywood Reporter/Michael Rechtshaffen

"Badder Santa is unquestionably the version of Bad Santa that you need to own..." -- DVDTalk.com/Jason Bovberg

"I liked it because it makes no compromises and takes no prisoners. And because it is funny." -- Ebert & Roeper/Roger Ebert

"The movie is -- how can I say this? -- funny as hell." -- Washington Post/Stephen Hunter

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Hollywood favorites Billy Bob Thornton (THE ALAMO), Bernie Mac (MR. 3000), and John Ritter (TV's 8 SIMPLE RULES FOR DATING MY TEENAGE DAUGHTER) star in the year's most-talked-about comedy hit, BAD SANTA. You'd better watch out -- Santa Claus Willie T. Stokes (Thornton) is coming to town and he doesn't care if you've been naughty or nice. Willie's favorite holiday tradition is to fill his sacks with loot lifted from shopping malls across the country. But this year his plot gets derailed by a wise-cracking store detective (Mac), a sexy bartender (Lauren Graham -- TV's GILMORE GIRLS), and a kid who's convinced Willie is the real Santa Claus.

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285 of 309 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars STAY AWAY FROM DIRECTORS CUT December 17, 2007
Format:DVD
If you are a fan of Bad Santa, DO NOT BUY THIS DVD. I bought it expecting extended and restored scenes, instead I got a totally different ending and hilarious scenes cut out.
This version ends with the little boy outside trying to clean up the blood on his front steps rather than giving the bully a swift kick in the nards.
One of the scenes cut out is the scene in the gym where Willie and Marcus are trying to teach the little boy how to defend himself. That was one of the funniest scenes in the movie.
The packaging is deceptive. If they had said, "new ending" on the notes, I would have left it alone. It didn't and I wasted my money. I thought I would come on here and post a warning.
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42 of 47 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The feel-bad hit of the winter June 16, 2004
Format:DVD
For those of us who can't quite get into the Christmas spirit, "Bad Santa" is a massive preemptive strike against all of the insufferable sentimentality we're going to be subjected to a few months from now. This movie is every bit as entertaining and funny as "School Of Rock," but where "School Of Rock" succeeded through the overwhelming weight of its good intentions, "Bad Santa" (its moderately heartwarming ending notwithstanding) is all about bad intentions. This movie, especially in its powerhouse first half, displays such a commitment to mean-spiritedness that you can't help but love it.
Billy Bob Thornton's safe-cracking department-store Santa Willie is the epitome of ugliness, all the more so because he commits much of his mayhem in his work outfit. Early on we see him getting drunk and throwing up in an alley, and from there he remains in the gutter for much of the movie. He chain smokes, he wets himself in his chair, he fornicates in a dressing room, and above all, he swears. I don't find profanity inherently funny, but Thornton's acid tongue manages to turn four-letter words into weapons of unimaginable destructive power. More than anything I've seen since the "South Park" movie, "Bad Santa" manages to elevate nasty language into an art form.
Even in its moments of humanity, the movie doesn't aim too high. Willie does have a love interest, but not quite in the conventional sense: intead, it's a young bar waitress with a Santa fetish who demands that Willie wear his stocking cap during coupling. Willie also finds some meaning in his life by striking up an offbeat friendship with a fat, bullied kid named Thurman, a bond that manifests itself in one unforgettable scene when Willie beats the living hell out of the teen skateboarder who gave Thurman a black eye.
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35 of 40 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Funniest film I've seen in ten years! November 25, 2003
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Not since "There's something about Mary" have I laughed so hard in a movie theater! I got into one of the preview screenings of this last week in LA and I have to say 90% of the audience was laughing just as loud as me. Let the prudes stay home - this is a film for anyone who wants to laugh till it hurts!
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25 of 29 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Vulgarity has never been funnier March 7, 2005
Format:DVD
Not only is this Santa bad, he is vulgar, crass, dirty, foulmouthed, loose-moraled - come to think of it, I can't imagine a worse Santa. In spite of this, Bad Santa is a brilliant dark comedy, full of huge laughs from beginning to end, as long as you can put up with all of the bad language, which has got to be close to setting a record.

Billy Bob Thornton plays Willie, an ex-con drunkard who gets a job every year at a different department store playing Santa, along with his own elf, Marcus (Tony Cox). The catch is that every Christmas Eve, Willie and Marcus rob the department store blind. Willie wants to get out of this game, but he's so irresponsible and undisciplined that every year he's in dire need of cash again and needs to pull another job. As Santa, he swears at kids, urinates on himself, and is generally the exact opposite of what you want your Santa to be.

This particular year, a young kid (Brett Kelly) who is oblivious to the fact that Willie is not, in fact, the real Santa, attaches himself to Santa. Lo and behold, the kid lives alone in a posh suburban house with only his catatonic granny, so Willie takes up residence with the kid. As Christmas Eve approaches, Marcus becomes increasingly concerned with Willie's condition, the kid becomes increasingly annoying, and Willie stays exactly the same - drunk, angry, and generally foul.

Bad Santa is exactly my kind of movie - unrelenting, unapologetic, inappropriate, completely distasteful, and utterly hilarious. It's essentially the anti-Christmas film. Billy Bob Thornton has an unbelievable knack for acting, and an almost poetic way of unleashing cuss after cuss. This movie gets a big thumbs up, but definitely is not suitable for kids or the easily offended.
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57 of 71 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Bad Santa - Good Film - for lovers of Black Comedy November 27, 2003
If you are a bah-humbug individual, a Billy Bob Thornton fan, and/or have an appreciation for dark comedy....THIS is the Christmas film for you! Oh, yes, it requires an open mind and the ability to appreciate the unique, but finally here is a holiday film for those who like their seasonal entertainment with a little less 'sugar and spice'.
First, do not take your 11 year old to see this film, as did the gentleman sitting behind me in the theater. He elected to remain even though I advised him this was an adult film (seems the R-Rating didn't seem to do the trick). I stressed that was probably not suitable for his son - even if my answer to his inquiry: "Well, it's about Santa Claus isn't it?" was "YES". Because the entire answer was: "YES, but a very, very baaad Santa".
After the movie, the viewer told me that I was correct, that he should have left, and that he had in fact started to leave several times during the film, but didn't. He added that he himself did not like the film. This made be all the more curious as to exactly why he elected to watch until the credits were rolling.
All the other movie patrons must have checked the ratings (as they were all adults), read the reviews, watched the promos, and perhaps caught Billy Bob on every talk show on TV the previous week (where he spent an inordinate amount of time telling the public - 'This is NOT a family film'). They also must have enjoyed the film, because they all laughed, actually, they all laughed a lot.
Being an avid, devoted fan of Thornton, I understand and would be first to admit that I am more than a little biased when it comes to Billy Bob. I think he is incapable of making a film that is not entertaining.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
Expected a little more funny movie, but not bad at all.
Published 22 hours ago by EMANUELLE H SERRANO
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Too funny
Published 1 day ago by Michael Hogan
5.0 out of 5 stars hilariously inappropriate but a must see
What can I say? It's raunchy funny and hilariously inappropriate and the stories pretty good too , if you wanna laugh you should definitely watch it , I wouldn't let your kids... Read more
Published 1 day ago by Edgar Redes
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
its like watching a train wreck... I couldn't look away
Published 1 day ago by mike dimi
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Possibly the greatest Xmas movie ever!
Published 1 day ago by D
1.0 out of 5 stars One Star
Filth.
Published 2 days ago by Micah Reynolds
5.0 out of 5 stars raunch at it's best!
Funny if you like swearing and slapstick, but with a good ending too.
Published 2 days ago by Meatchef
3.0 out of 5 stars Ok for a free "comedy"
Ok movie. Pass the time. Cheesy comedy, but hey it's free. If you like dark humor and aren't offended by language and an R rating. Read more
Published 3 days ago by L A T
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
i wasn't going to watch the end but i'm glad i did hope you will too
Published 3 days ago by Jeannette A Tigano
5.0 out of 5 stars Drop dead funny!
Not for kids, but funny as hell. Billy-Bob is brilliant. Quite vulgar and political correctness folks should pass over this one. Don't waste your time watching on network TV. Read more
Published 3 days ago by FosterShampine
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