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Delightly blasfemous comedy. Really.
Bad Santa might also be called Sad Santa given the level of self-loathing that motivates Billy Bob Thornton's eponymous mall Santa/department store thief. The comedy inherent in a Santa that swears, drinks and screws gets old pretty quickly, but the film eventually finds its heart (but not overt sentimentality) when he encounters a particularly clueless kid who acts like Billy Bob really is Santa. I'm a fan of neither swearing for swearing's sake, nor impossibly dumb characters, but the flick eventually wins me over by mixing the two. The leads have fun interactions (as do the members of the supporting cast, like John Ritter's PC manager, Bernie Mac's callous head of security, and Lauren Tomas the elf's evil girlfriend), and the caper, while simple, is well executed.
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This movie ranks #57 in Time Out's 1000 Films to Change Your Life
This movie ranks #69 in The Guardian's 1000 Films to See Before You Die
This movie ranks #90 in Scott Tobias's The New Cult Canon