Select language, opens an overlay
Bad Santa

Bad Santa

DVD - 2006
Average Rating:
Rate this:
"Ill-mannered store Santa Willie Stokes is really a safecracker with a holiday tradition of making one big score every Christmas Eve with his clever elf--partner-in-crime Marcus. But this year's heist-fest could be completely foiled by a snoopy store manager, savvy mall detective, sexy Santa fan, and an innocent 8-year old misfit who thinks the intoxicated and felonious Willie is the real Santa he seeks."--Container.
Publisher: [United States] : Dimension Home Video, [2006]
Edition: Director's cut
ISBN: 9780788867842
Call Number: DVD F BAD
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (89 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in
digital,optical,surround,Dolby digital 5.1,rda
video file,DVD video,region 1,rda

Related Resources


From the critics

Community Activity


Add a Comment
Jan 09, 2021

Pretty funny. Rated R.. NOT FOR CHILDREN.... funny ADULT picture.


Apr 23, 2020

"...and see which one fills up first". Sign me up for the sequel.

Sep 23, 2018

This comedic drama film is about a fake Santa Claus and his thieving elf who scam people every year during the holiday season. But now that he is an even bigger alcoholic and generally depressed with life, he has lost his old criminal charm. However, after meeting a little boy who has a big wish for Santa, he starts to change things around. This dark comedy definitely delivered many laughs and presented a holiday themed moral at the end like most Christmas movies do. The acting wasn’t great and some scenes had too much going on, but it is one of the better comedic holiday films. I would rate this movie 3.5/5 stars. @The_Reviewer of the Hamilton Public Library Teen Review Board

Feb 24, 2018

With over 300 cuss words including a whopping 170 F-bombs crammed into its 99 minute running time, Terry Zwigoff’s spiteful Christmas caper is definitely the antithesis to such frothy holiday fare as Capra’s "Wonderful Life". An overriding fixation with bad taste seems to be the prime motivator here and Thornton’s malicious forays into petty crime and booze-fuelled outbursts—usually while decked out in his jolly red suit with a doe-eyed tyke balanced on one bony knee—are funny in a cringeworthy sort of way. And Cox's elf certainly picks up the slack with a seemingly endless supply of colourful foul-mouthed comebacks. But watching a rock bottom loser continually implode over the course of an hour-and-a-half grates on the mind and that cornball ending suggests a screenplay that wrote itself into an uncomfortable corner. Worth a rental nevertheless if only to get a healthy dose of political incorrectness, for the only snowflakes in this film are on the ground. Look for John Ritter in his final role as a mousy floor manager and the late Bernie Mac as a crooked store detective.

Feb 14, 2018

Outstanding cast and story!!

plotline Apr 08, 2017

Santa's Seasonal Jeer

O, what a touching yuletide display: snow, falling gently from an night sky, changing the cityscape into a winter wonderland, wrapping a seedy alleyway in a frosty white coating....just as "Santa" barfs disgustingly moist chunks in front of a brick wall.

Not since Jack Nicholson's Badass Badusky brayed his litany of four-letter invective in THE LAST DETAIL (1974) and Paul Newman's Reggie Dunlop disgorged his puerile vocabulary in SLAP SHOT (1977) has there been such an obscenity-spewing soul as Billy Bob Thornton's Willie in BAD SANTA.

For Willie, the scatological isn't merely his preferred mode of verbal expression, it's his lifestyle. Profanities pour from his lips into the traumatized ears of children who only want to talk to jolly St. Nick; Willie debauches most women within his grasp ("F*** me, Santa! F*** me, Santa!"); copious amounts of beer and liquor pickle his innards; plus he's a safe-cracking criminal. Add his partner in crime, Marcus (the ferociously funny Tony Cox) and you get a veritable orgy of x-rated language. Place this pair in colliding juxtaposition with the staid normalcy of Christmas bonhomie and you get outrageous comedy.

Usually, the casual profanity found in many of today's movies is a crude, desperate and lazy attempt at "realism". To be truly effective and necessary such talk must be based in convincing characters and situations. We get that aplenty in BAD SANTA.

Except for the misplaced violence near the end the movie is howlingly on target. The cast evokes real laughs, especially the dear, departed Bernie Mac as a rogue store detective, and the late, lamented John Ritter, standing in for Red State American morality.

Warning: have the kids safely out of the house or stashed in the panic room while viewing BAD SANTA (o, he's really a bad Santa!). A Merry Christmas (and a Happy Kwaanza!) to everyone!

Mar 08, 2017

I actually enjoyed this movie it had an all star cast. My favourite two scenes were Scene 5: Prove It! and Scene 10: I think this gonna sting a little. One of the hilarious comedy movies I have ever seen. This was either the second or third time that John Ritter & Billy Bob Thornton had teamed up together. This was also probably the second time Bernie Mac & Tony Cox teamed together and this was also Lauren Graham and Alex Bornstein second time teaming up together. Lauren Tom was also in the movie. Man if I was an actor and Lauren Graham or Lauren Tom were my love interests I would do it because they are two of the best actresses in Hollywood and plus people in Hollywood get paid to do love scenes. Also Lauren Graham and Lauren Tom are two of my favourite actresses in Hollywood. They are Icons. Hats off to both Lauren Graham and Lauren Tom.

Mar 07, 2017

Billy Bob is one of my absolute favorite actors. I can't imagine why in the world he consented to do this trashy movie. Granted, I only watched :30 of it but seeing this creepy Santa guy with a cigarette hanging out of his mouth and throwing up from being drunk was just too much. It must have had a moral at the end but I just couldn't get there.

Feb 10, 2016

A must for the holidays.

Feb 13, 2015

I will never look at Lorelai Gilmore the same way again.

Kick bullies in the balls. ;D

View All Comments


Add Age Suitability
Jun 02, 2010

Chessy15 thinks this title is suitable for 13 years and over

Dec 14, 2008

RonNasty64 thinks this title is suitable for 18 years and over


Add Notices
Feb 14, 2018

Coarse Language: Explicit language.


Add a Quote
Feb 14, 2018

Kid: Good night, Santa. Good night, Mrs. Santa's sister.


Add a Summary

There are no summaries for this title yet.

Explore Further

Browse by Call Number


Subject Headings


Find it at SFPL

To Top