Willie (Billy Bob Thornton) and Marcus (Tony Cox) are a tagteam of
criminals who pose as Santa and his elven helper in shopping centers every
year. When the mall closes for the evening on Christmas Eve, Willie cracks
the store's safe and Marcus takes the most valuable items from the salesfloor.
In one night, they earn enough money to keep them afloat until the next holiday
season. They've been doing it for years.
Starring: Billy Bob Thornton, Tony Cox and
Lately, though, Willie's alcoholism and cynicism have gotten worse and he
can't stay focused. Marcus tries to keep him on-track, but Willie can't seem
to stay sober or motivate himself to stick with the plan, which requires him
to have hundreds of children sit on his lap daily. Willie hates kids almost
as much as he hates himself and everything else.
When their plan takes them to Phoenix for another holiday stint, they meet
a cast of characters who could be their undoing, including nosy mall manager
Bob Chipeska (John Ritter), crooked mall security chief Gin (Bernie Mac), and
an eight-year old kid with an unhealthy obsession with questions (Brett Kelly).
Santa is vulgar, crude and possesses a mean streak a mile wide but it's
charming and laugh-out-loud funny and that's what counts. Billy Bob Thornton
is well-cast as the alcoholic Willie. While the movie never redeems his character,
you still end up feeling an attachment to him. When he meets Sue (Lauren Graham),
a bartender with a Santa fetish, you feel good that he's finally met someone
with whom he can connect.
Hopefully, no one mistakes this movie for family holiday fare. It's the polar
opposite and probably features the most uses of the f-word in a Christmas movie.
Bad Santa is definitely an adult movie with an adult sense of humor. As a result,
I enjoyed the hell out of it.
Murray was signed on as Willie but dropped out for Lost in Translation. (Source: The
Internet Movie Database)