Bad Santa Movie Review Summary

Actors: Billy Bob Thornton, Lauren Graham, Bernie Mac, John Ritter

Detailed plot synopsis reviews of Bad Santa

BAD SANTA is a movie directed by Terry Zwigoff (Ghost World) in 2003.

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Willie and Markus are small-time crooks who use to meet each year in December in order to earn their yearly income. Willie, an alcoholic and embittered man, disguises then as Santa Claus and Markus as a dwarf and both take a job in a local mall as entertainers. At the end of the month, after having observed the security procedures of the commercial complex, they organize a night robbery.

Now Willie has spent the year in Miami, drinking even more than usual. Markus asks him to meet him in Phoenix where both are hired by John Ritter to entertain the children in his complex. Markus has a hard time controlling Willie who's loaded 24 hours a day. One day, Willie meets in the complex a 10 years old fat kid who really believes he's Santa Claus. He soon moves in the kid's house after having understood that the boy's father is in jail. At first, annoyed by the naivety of the kid, Willie will finally appreciate to rub elbows with someone who's still dreaming about a beautiful world.
The review of this Movie prepared by Daniel Staebler

Billy Bob Thorton plays a vulgar, boozy con artist who sets out every year at Christmas time to rob department stores where he works as Santa, along with his elf accomplice (Tony Cox). This time around the conman runs into trouble when he befriends a lonely, troubled kid.
The review of this Movie prepared by Fay Rose

An alcoholic safe cracker and his midget partner pose as a mall Santa and his elf. After their jobs they pull off a heist of the mall safe every Christmas eve. At this particular mall the safecracker meets a young boy with problems. As he gets to know the kid he starts to become more sensitive and starts to realize the true meaning of Christmas.
The review of this Movie prepared by Jack Bauer

Willie is a thief who, along with his friend Marcus, a midget, uses his job as a department store Santa Claus to rip off the store. He is an alcoholic who loves weird, kinky sex, constantly jeopardizing his job. He ends up staying with a fat, socially rejected little boy that comes to visit him at the store. At first, Willie plans to take advantage of the child's posh house, but he ends up becoming a father figure to the boy. Unfortunately, on Christmas Eve, the night of the big heist, Marcus turns on Willie.
The review of this Movie prepared by Judy Berman

Script Analysis of Bad Santa

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Plot & Themes

Comedy, primarily    -   Yes Time/era of movie:    -   2000's+ (present) Crime & Scandal    -   Yes Story of    -   criminal becomes sensitive Comedy or Parody about    -   criminals    -   holiday comedy How much humor v. drama    -   Nearly all humor    -   Mostly humor, but some serious drama    -   Lot of humor, but significant serious drama

Main Character

Identity:    -   Male Profession/status:    -   thief/con artist Age:    -   40's-50's Ethnicity/Nationality    -   White American


United States    -   Yes The US:    -   West

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   generic/vague references to death/punishment Sex/nudity in movie?    -   Yes What kind of sex:    -   kissing    -   actual description of sex Any profanity?    -   A huge amnt of foul language

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