Big screen classics

Bad Santa

Billy Bob Thornton plays a thoroughly bad Santa in this R-rated festive comedy.

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USA 2003
Dir Terry Zwigoff
With Billy Bob Thornton, Lauren Graham, Bernie Mac
Certificate 15

The real Santa would be horrified if he came across professional thief Willie T Soke, who dresses up as St Nicholas and – with his sidekick Marcus as an elf – robs shopping malls. Things get complicated, however, when a lonely, troubled kid takes a shine to the pair. Billy Bob Thornton clearly has a lot of fun as this seriously bad Santa who’s sex obsessed and has an alcohol problem to boot. If it’s an R-rated hilarious Christmas you’re after then Bad Santa is a gift.