In a world growing far more cynical I suppose the production of Bad Santa was inevitable. This is quite possibly the crudest film you'll see this side of geriatric porn.
Billy Bob Thorton plays Willie, a hard drinking, chain smoking, lover of anal with fat women who happens to have a talent for safe cracking. Him and his partner in crime, a short person, work as a department store Santa and elf respectivley. Willie is foul mouthed and belligerent with the children as the elf tries to keep things running smoothly. After their job is done they burglarize the store and live the rest of the year off the loot.
One job in Phoenix takes them on unexpected turns as a love interest is introduced in the part of Lauren Graham from Gillmore Girls fame. Having a fetish for men in Santa outfits a spark is immediate and Willie complies with her fantasy. That's basically all she does here. Along the way he meets a strange, but gentle kid who's looking for a father figure and forms a bond with the multiple felon and some sense of redemption ensues.
The film is laced with foul language, crude humor, and other various forms of debauchery that I guess is supposed to shock you, but if your constitution is hardened you may just find it laughable. The film is funny as it takes no regard for political correctness and on some occasions good taste, but if you're looking for offbeat humor this movie is for you.
Thanks to WIGSF for submitting this as I've never made the effort to sit down and watch it.
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"Just plain hilarious, a dark comedy triumph that beats on your typical holiday movie with a baseball bat." - Tom Long