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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 (Crumb, Ghost World) 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

DVD Features

  • Available Subtitles: English
  • Available Audio Tracks: English (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Behind-the-scenes feature
  • Deleted & alternate scenes
  • Outtakes


Billy Bob ThorntonWillie
Tony CoxMarcus
Brett KellyThe Kid
Lauren GrahamSue
Lauren TomLois
Bernie MacGin
John RitterBob Chipeska
Alex BorsteinMilwaukee Mom with Photo
Cloris LeachmanGrandma
Matt WalshHerb

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Not for younger viewers, not at all. The kid in the movie is awesome, you'll love him...

  • Genre: Comedy Movies
  • Director: Terry Zwigoff
  • Producer: Buena Vista
  • Length: 89 min
  • Aspect ratio: 1.85:1
  • Theatrical Release
    North AmericaNov 26, 2003
    EuropeNov 5, 2004
    JapanDec 4, 2004
    AustraliaNov 25, 2004
  • Ratings
    North AmericaR
  • Blu-ray Release
    North AmericaNov 20, 2007
  • DVD Release
    North AmericaJun 22, 2004
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