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Release Date: November 26, 2003

Starring: Billy Bob Thornton, Bernie Mac, Lauren Graham, and John Ritter

Genre: Drama/Comedy

Audience: Older teenagers and
adults REVIEWER: Lisa A.
Rice In BAD SANTA, Billy Bob
Thornton plays Willie T. Soke,
a hard-drinking, profane,
mean-spirited, washed up man
who teams up with a black
midget named Gin (Bernie Mac)
each Christmas to play Santa
and his elf, respectively. The
problem is that Willie and Gin
have no real interest in
entertaining children or
granting their gift requests.
They are con men who rob the
department stores where they
work, cracking the stores’
safes and stealing jewelry,
furs, and purses along the
way. The following Christmas
they repeat the scam in a new
city. And, so the cycle goes.
Willie is miserable and
depressed and often speaks of
his abusive father, and his
desire to end his own
life. One year, however,
Willie meets an overweight,
nerdy boy whose father is in
prison and who gets bullied
each day after school. Slowly,
Willie edges his way into the
boy’s home, where he can be
an easy freeloader, and he and
Gin continue with their con
game. Willie even meets a
beautiful girl at a bar (who
has a Santa fantasy) and
brings her back to the boy’s
house. All seems to go well
until the wimpy store manager,
played by John Ritter, begins
researching Willie’s past
and uncovering some
incriminating evidence.
Eventually, Willie must decide
whether he can lay down his
selfishness, own up to his
past history and his current
responsibility, and pull from
within some long-denounced
character traits that could
save a young boy’s future.
BAD SANTA is a raunchy,
depressing, deplorable
Christmas movie with over 250
mostly strong obscenities and
profanities. The fact that it
was even made should sadden
moral audiences. The
protagonist is a nasty,
foul-mouthed, alcoholic con
man who’s mean to children.
How’s that for breaking
screenwriting Rule #1? You
have to LIKE the protagonist!
Another screenwriting rule is
that you have to believe that
the love interest could really
be someone who could fall for
the protagonist, but in this
case, it’s a real stretch.
Would a gorgeous young
brunette really be gaga over
an alcoholic, nasty Billy Bob
Thornton character? It just
doesn’t work. Willie the
protagonist is such a gross,
foul-mouthed guy that
audiences will certainly
wonder how parents could have
even let their precious
children audition for the
hundreds of child parts in
this movie. If children do
happen to see this movie, and
God forbid that drunk or
otherwise temporarily insane
parents allow it, their
knowledge of profanities,
sexual exploits, safe
cracking, drinking, smoking,
and playing con games will
increase to staggering levels.
Even the “moment(s) of
truth” in the movie are
shallow and temporal and the
transformations incomplete. At
a time of year when desperate
people are hungry for the
knowledge of the One True God
and the gift of eternal life
in Christ, Hollywood offers to
them such meaningless,
biblically void holiday films
as BAD SANTA, ELF, and BROTHER
BEAR. Oh, that the Body of
Christ would cry out for the
lost in this industry, and oh,
that God would raise up more
godly filmmakers who can give
audiences not only good
entertainment, but the truth
that will fill their empty
souls! Please address your
comments to: Bob and Harvey
Weinstein Co-Chairmen Miramax
Films 8439 Sunset Blvd. West
Hollywood, CA 90069 Phone:
(323) 822-4100 Website:
www.miramax.com

Rating: R

Runtime: 93 minutes

Address Comments To:

Content:

(HHH, PaPaPa, C, LLL, V, SS, N, AA, DD, MM) Humanist, pagan worldview with worldly perspective on Christmas, void of spiritual meaning and filled with darkness, drunkenness, cursing, bitterness, and pain, with some Christian elements exemplified in mild sacrificial portrayals, some manger portrayals, and boy reads Scripture found in advent calendar; horrendous language with an estimated 250 obscenities, probably 200 of these being the “f” word and 25 being profanities; some violence with man smacking bullies around, man attempting suicide in his car, etc.; overt sex scenes with young bar maid fornicating with Thornton character in car; veiled nudity with sex scene; numerous scenes of alcohol use and abuse; smoking; and, lying, stealing, cheating, rudeness, scatological humor, suicide attempts, etc.

GENRE: Drama/Comedy

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PaPaPa

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LLL

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N

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Summary:

BAD SANTA stars Billy Bob Thornton, who plays a foul-mouthed, alcoholic con man who does a Santa gig every year as a front for his thievery. With a staggering amount of strong obscenities and a dark, godless world view, moral audiences will certainly be choosing alternative holiday viewing fare this Christmas.

Review:

In BAD SANTA, Billy Bob Thornton plays Willie T. Soke, a hard-drinking, profane, mean-spirited, washed up man who teams up with a black midget named Gin (Bernie Mac) each Christmas to play Santa and his elf, respectively. The problem is that Willie and Gin have no real interest in entertaining children or granting their gift requests. They are con men who rob the department stores where they work, cracking the stores’ safes and stealing jewelry, furs, and purses along the way. The following Christmas they repeat the scam in a new city. And, so the cycle goes. Willie is miserable and depressed and often speaks of his abusive father, and his desire to end his own life.

One year, however, Willie meets an overweight, nerdy boy whose father is in prison and who gets bullied each day after school. Slowly, Willie edges his way into the boy’s home, where he can be an easy freeloader, and he and Gin continue with their con game. Willie even meets a beautiful girl at a bar (who has a Santa fantasy) and brings her back to the boy’s house. All seems to go well until the wimpy store manager, played by John Ritter, begins researching Willie’s past and uncovering some incriminating evidence. Eventually, Willie must decide whether he can lay down his selfishness, own up to his past history and his current responsibility, and pull from within some long-denounced character traits that could save a young boy’s future.

BAD SANTA is a raunchy, depressing, deplorable Christmas movie with over 250 mostly strong obscenities and profanities. The fact that it was even made should sadden moral audiences. The protagonist is a nasty, foul-mouthed, alcoholic con man who’s mean to children. How’s that for breaking screenwriting Rule #1? You have to LIKE the protagonist! Another screenwriting rule is that you have to believe that the love interest could really be someone who could fall for the protagonist, but in this case, it’s a real stretch. Would a gorgeous young brunette really be gaga over an alcoholic, nasty Billy Bob Thornton character? It just doesn’t work.

Willie the protagonist is such a gross, foul-mouthed guy that audiences will certainly wonder how parents could have even let their precious children audition for the hundreds of child parts in this movie. If children do happen to see this movie, and God forbid that drunk or otherwise temporarily insane parents allow it, their knowledge of profanities, sexual exploits, safe cracking, drinking, smoking, and playing con games will increase to staggering levels. Even the “moment(s) of truth” in the movie are shallow and temporal and the transformations incomplete.

At a time of year when desperate people are hungry for the knowledge of the One True God and the gift of eternal life in Christ, Hollywood offers to them such meaningless, biblically void holiday films as BAD SANTA, ELF, and BROTHER BEAR. Oh, that the Body of Christ would cry out for the lost in this industry, and oh, that God would raise up more godly filmmakers who can give audiences not only good entertainment, but the truth that will fill their empty souls!

Please address your comments to:

Bob and Harvey Weinstein

Co-Chairmen

Miramax Films

8439 Sunset Blvd.

West Hollywood, CA 90069

Phone: (323) 822-4100

Website: www.miramax.com

SUMMARY: BAD SANTA stars Billy Bob Thornton, who plays a foul-mouthed, alcoholic con man who does a Santa gig every year as a front for his thievery. With a staggering amount of strong obscenities and a dark, godless world view, moral audiences will certainly be choosing alternative holiday viewing fare this Christmas.

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