The Christmas season just got a lot less joyous in this very dark comedy . Willie T. Stokes ( Billy Bob Thornton ) is a con man and a thief who teams up with his friend Marcus ( Tony Cox ), a midget, for a very special scam each year during the holiday season. Willie gets a job as Santa Claus at a shopping mall, his pal tags along as an elf, and they use their employee status to crack mall security and rob stores blind just before Christmas. However, there's one flaw to this plan -- Willie is a bitter, foul-mouthed and perpetually grouchy alcoholic who doesn't care for kids, and it's all he can do to keep himself from getting fired while on the job. The mall's manager ( John Ritter , in his last film appearance) is certain something's wrong with the Santa he's hired, so he asks the mall's chief of security ( Bernie Mac ) to do some research on Willie . Meanwhile, one of the kids Willie is forced to talk to becomes a regular customer; overweight, awkward, and the frequent target of bullies, the boy manages to arouse something like sympathy from Willie , who tries to give him some advice and develops something vaguely resembling Christmas sprit along the way. Bad Santa was directed by Terry Zwigoff , who enjoyed previous success with Crumb and Ghost World . ~ Mark Deming, Rovi
- Crime Comedy, Black Comedy, Holiday Film
- Unlikely Friendships, Redemption, Cons and Scams
- 01 hr 31 min
- April 15, 2011
- Brett Kelly , Tony Cox , Billy Bob Thornton , Lauren Graham , Lauren Tom
- Natsuko Ohama , Ryan Pinkston , Sheriff John Bunnell , Tonya Renee Banks , Joe Bucaro III , Georgia Eskew , Cody Strauch , Bucky Dominick , Bryan Callen , Billy Gardell , Michael Dansk , Max Van Ville , Lisa Ross , Grace Calderon , Dylan Charles , Octavia L. Spencer , Joey Saravia , Curtis Taylor , Harrison Bieker , Christine Pichardo , Chloe Colville , Tom McGowan , Matt Walsh , Hayden Bromberg , Hallie Singleton , Dave Adams , Alexandra Korhan , Peter Quartaroli , Briana Norton , Lorna Scott , Bernie Mac , John Ritter , Ajay Naidu , Alex Borstein , Cloris Leachman , Ethan Phillips
- Terry Zwigoff
- Golden Globe Awards (1)
- Golden Globe Awards , Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture , 2003 , Billy Bob Thornton
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