Starring: Billy Bob Thornton,Tony Cox, Brett Kelly, Bernie Mac, Lauren Graham, Lauren Tom, John Ritter
Directed By: Terry Zwigoff
Written By: Glenn Ficarra, John Requa
Rating: R (US) Running Time: 1 hr 31 mins
This is my kind of Christmas movie! Because it unapologetically says what a lot of us are thinking when it comes to this ‘special holiday.’ The carols, the decorations, the bloody rampant consumerism. Fighting with complete strangers in the stores on Black Friday for that must-have deal, and going into dept to keep the precious little monsters happy for another year. While simultaneously gorging on candy, burned bird meat, cake and alcohol (at least that numbs the pain a little), trying to organize our survival strategies and hopefully make it to January 1st without killing someone.
In a way, watching Willie (Billy Bob Thornton), a complete alcoholic train wreck of a man, say whatever wretched thing pops into his head, is cathartic. He’s saying the things we’d never dare to, and every line of gloriously rude dialog uttered from Billy Bob Thornton’s mouth is fantastic. Especially when he’s interacting with the children in the film, and even more so as he spends time with The Kid (Brett Kelly.)
But this movie isn’t out to bash the holiday per se, but celebrate its true purpose. It’s supposed to be a time for family, and sharing quality time with friends. About gift giving because you genuinely want to, not because it’s expected, and putting in the effort to truly make someones holiday special. This is what Willie and The Kid share in Bad Santa, and while it’s fun to laugh at the outrageously crude dialog, it’s also nice to watch these two characters grow as they help each other through the holiday.
This movie is rated R because of the bad language, and some strong sexual content. If you’re sensitive to that, especially hearing bad language used in front of children, stay clear of this film.
This film will work just fine on a TV, laptop, tablet or phone.
Best Moment: << mild spoiler >>
Later in the film, Willie has taken The Kid to the boxing ring to teach him how to defend himself. So he asks his partner in crime Marcus (Tony Cox), to help. Things get heated, and The Kid kicks Marcus in the balls. Marcus gets angry and punches The Kid and then Willie in the balls. Willie retaliates and hits Marcus in the balls! All that action, and the raw dialog, had me in gasping for air I was laughing so hard. This is a seriously funny film!