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Bad Santa [DVD] [2004] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]

Billy Bob Thornton , Bernie Mac , Terry Zwigoff    DVD
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (97 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, Colour, Dolby, DVD-Video, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: R (Restricted) (US MPAA rating. See details.)
  • Studio: Dimension
  • DVD Release Date: 22 Jun 2004
  • Run Time: 91 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (97 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0001I55MO
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 110,199 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)



Instantly qualifying as a perennial cult favorite, Bad Santa is as nasty as it wants to be, and there's something to be said for comedy without compromise. The Coen brothers conceived the basic idea and served as executive producers, but it's director Terry Zwigoff who brings his unique affinity for losers and outcasts to the twisted tale of Willie T. Stokes (Billy Bob Thornton), a hard-drinking, chain-smoking, foul-mouthed sexaholic safe-cracker who targets a different department store every holiday season, playing Santa while he cases the joint with his dwarf elf-partner Marcus (Tony Cox). With comedic support from Bernie Mac, Lauren Graham, Cloris Leachman, and John Ritter in his final film, Thornton milks the lowbrow laughs with a slovenly lack of sentiment, warming Bad Santa's pickled heart just enough to please a chubby misfit (Brett Kelly, hilariously deadpan) who may or may not be mentally challenged. As dry as an arid martini and blacker than morning-after coffee, Bad Santa is an instant cure for yuletide schmaltz, and if you think this appropriately R-rated comedy is suitable for kids, your parenting skills are no better than Willie's. --Jeff Shannon,


Billy Bob Thornton is terrific as Willie T. Stokes; a lowlife department store Santa in Terry Zwigoff's outrageous comedic follow-up to his offbeat hit Ghost World. Every year, Stokes takes a job as Santa in a different place in order to rob the store he's working in. The diminutive Tony Cox plays his horny sidekick, Marcus, the real mastermind, who is even more foulmouthed than Stokes. Brett Kelly is Thurman Merman, an eight-year-old who desperately needs to believe in the real Santa Claus - and just might have a good enough heart to change Stokes's evil ways. Or maybe not. And Lauren Graham plays Sue, a young sexpot who wants to get a different kind of gift from Santa. Providing excellent comic relief in this black comedy is John Ritter, in his last film role, as the mousy mall manager, and Bernie Mac as Gin, the mall security guard who suspects something is not right. Be warned - Bad Santa is not a family holiday movie. It is lewd, crude, and very funny, but it is most definitely not for children. Joel and Ethan Coen, the brothers behind such quirky hits as Raising Arizona and Barton Fink, are the executive producers who came up with the idea in the first place, influenced by the likes of The Bad News Bears and South Park.

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48 of 50 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The man beneath the beard 24 July 2004
I have to strongly disagree with the reviewer who found no redeeming qualities in this magnificent, hard-edged comedy. Sure, it's not for everyone - if you can't get past some well-constructed profanity, then you're not going to enjoy it - but if it's not for you, why not simply accept that fact, and let others enjoy it, rather than run it down?
But enough live-and-let-live. The movie deals with the sort of weird, real-life comedy that actually happens ... not contrived Hollywood cutesiness. Story may seem to meander a little, but that's more to do with the realistic tone of the movie than any lack of plotting; au contraire, Blackadder, it's superbly scripted. The acting throughout is faultless, and the comic timing is spot-on. It couldn't have been better made. But the bottom line ... it's very, very, very funny, in a realistic, bitter way that will strike chords with anyone who lives outside of a coccoon. It's a million miles from the smug, safe, self-aware gloop of most Hollywood comedies; more Amelie than American Pie. A wonderful breath of not-politically-correct fresh air.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Ho Ho Ho 7 Aug 2008
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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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31 of 33 people found the following review helpful
If you were ever curious to find out how unapologetic and raw a movie can be, then you won't have to wonder much longer. Because, here comes "Bad Santa." No, this isn't your cute and cuddly Christmas movie that'll make you feel good inside. This is a movie that is so vulgar and relentless that you can't help but laugh all the way through it. There is not a single second where this movie is tamed or surrendering, and that alone is something to admire.
Willie T. Stokes isn't your ordinary mall Santa. He's a foulmouthed alcoholic who loathes his own life more than anything else in the world. He's also a successful thief and uses the "Santa" guise in order to help him rip off the department stores, but all of the abuse of booze has taken its toll on him. Things are a little different this year, as a kid who absolutely believes that he is the real Santa takes a liking to him, giving Willie a great hide-out at his own house. Not to mention he meets a beautiful bartender who has a sick "Santa" fetish that's uncontrollable, but he doesn't mind that one bit. Yes, it is shaping up to be a year full of profanity, booze and depression for Willie, and isn't that what Christmas is all about?
I don't think even Kevin Smith and Quentin Tarantino combined can match up to the usage of profanity in this pleasantly dark and off-the-wall comedy. Did it bother me? Of course not, but then again it never really bothers me. I knew exactly what to expect from this movie, so I was very well prepared for what I would witness. I have no problem telling you that I thought this movie was downright funny. Billy Bob Thornton is hilarious as a bitter and depressed Santa. Call me demented, but I thought it was pretty funny when he swears at all of the little kids.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A true marvel all year round! 30 July 2009
As gritty and offensive as parts of this film may seem to be to the unsuspecting viewer, this really is a thoughtful and intelligent movie and just perfect to watch on a quiet evening, no matter what time of year.

The story and dialogues are still refreshing when watching for the second time, the characters can be related to (even although there may be quite a bit of over-acting here and there) and the way this film manages the balance between the old friendship-story and rather explicit jokes really is something. Oh, and the picture and sound quality of the Blu-ray are just fine as well (Did I mention the surprisingly classy soundtrack?).

So, if you are grown-up enough to see beyond the sticky surface, be ready to find one very fine film indeed with this one!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
What a funny film
Published 12 days ago by tkdbrum
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great & v funny!
Published 1 month ago by Ms J A Cresswell
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
good dvd
Published 1 month ago by nadine
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
A lot of fun, quite sad in places
Published 2 months ago by DJS
5.0 out of 5 stars Laugh out loud
Having seen this film on tv I thought I would buy it, then I could cheer myself up any time... this film is brilliant!!
Published 4 months ago by D. J. Newstone
5.0 out of 5 stars brill
this film was really funny ya cant believe what he gets up to but it does show it has got a heart
Published 4 months ago by sarah morris
5.0 out of 5 stars Billy bob = comedy legend!
This film is not for the easily offended! Bad language and even badder behaviour make for a good film! Billy bob does a great job as a bad Santa and had me laughing so many times. Read more
Published 4 months ago by julie adams
5.0 out of 5 stars So funny!
I could watch this film over and over as it is so funny. It is rather crude in parts so if you are easily offended then it isn't the film for you. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Ms. L. Watson
5.0 out of 5 stars Ho F###in' Ho!
Just superb - the perfect antidote to the usual sickly schmaltz on offer at Christmas! Some fantastic performances from a brilliant cast. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Parker
5.0 out of 5 stars Great
This was PERFECT, It was the best thing I could find and it fulfilled my needs at this time... Great
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