Sunday, August 19, 2012

Bad Santa (2003)

SPOILERS AHEAD! You have been warned.

Director: Terry Zwigoff
Stars: Billy Bob Thornton, Bernie Mac and Lauren Graham

MPAA Rating: Rated R for pervasive language, strong sexual content and some violence.
My Rating: 7/10

USA Release Date: Nov. 26, 2003
Running Time: 91 min | 88 min (Director's cut) | 98 min (unrated version)

Who would ever suspect a Santa Claus to rob a department store? This one does, with his 3-foot tall "elf" sidekick. This isn't an ordinary Santa Claus, with his massive drinking and swearing. One Christmas in Arizona proves to be problematic for them though, when Santa (Billy Bob Thornton) befriends a troubled kid and the security manager foil their plans. Marcus (Tony Cox) and his mail-order wife are too greedy for their own good, when they kill off the department store security manager (Bernie Mac) so they don't have to share half of their profits. That takes care of their problems, or so Marcus would think, unfortunately his "partner" is getting soft as he learns the true meaning of Christmas from the troubled fat kid he's been living with. The only option on Christmas eve is to pull off their last heist together, and kill "Santa" which backfires when the department store gets raided by the police.

Overall, this is a really good movie to watch around the holidays or whenever since it's just another comedy/robbery heist story. I'm sure I everyone has probably seen this before, but if you haven't go find it and check it out for yourself.

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