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Bad Santa August 19, 2006

Posted by Sai in English, Movies, Reviews.
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A raunchy Santa movie is not exactly a recipe for success at the Christmas Box Office. At the cost of losing the family audience, director Terry Zwigoff and writers Glenn Ficarra and John Requa (none of whom have much experience to show) attempt this and achieve success at the Box Office. This one takes everything Christmassy and turns it on its head and both writers as well as the director deserve praise for this one. Though there is no skin show in this one, the content is unquestionably R-rated (according to IMDB there are 243 profanities in this one).

Billy Bob Thornton in the role of a crook posing as a department store Santa is excellent as is Brett Kelly who is just perfect for the role of the kid. Some of the best scenes in the movie involve these two. In fact it is the kid’s role that brings freshness to the script. Otherwise, this movie would have turned out to be an average one. Tony Cox also gets a good role to play and he performs well. John Ritter and Bernie Mac chip in with cameos. I do enjoy the formulaic Christmas movies from time to time and the familiarity with this territory makes this all the more enjoyable. If you enjoy dark humor, you will like this extremely funny film.

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