Bad Santa

Published December 25, 2021

Bad Santa

Film info

  • Title Bad Santa
  • Director Terry Zwigoff
  • Year 2003
  • Run time 1hr 32m
  • Genres Comedy, Drama, Crime
  • Tagline He doesn't care if you're naughty or nice

The story of two con-men who go on a road trip to malls dressed as Santa and his elf. Rather than spreading good cheer, the duo's motive is to rob each establishment, a strategy that becomes complicated when they encounter an 8-year-old who teaches them the true meaning of Christmas.

Live blog

Time Comment
4:12 “You wanna see some magic? Let’s watch you disappear.”
7:29 Doesn’t a loofah cost, like, a quid?
18:45 Not just smoking but a close up on a cigarette burning down.
25:16 The amount this Santa can drink is amazing.
29:56 Santa with a balaclava walks in, she barely bats an eyelid.
35:16 Eating oranges is gross. Taste good but gross.
39:37 “I brought you some orange juice.” “What’s in it?” “Oranges.”
44:13 Xbox has been around longer than I thought.
55:41 Adorable he tried to fix the advent calendar.
1:00:44 When you’re at 48%, you may as well just go half.
1:06:36 The turning point in his life is when he beat up a bunch of kids.
1:11:10 Mrs Santa’s sister! The kid doesn’t miss anything!
1:16:07 What is with the threading of popcorn?
1:25:20 The kid wanted the pink then the purple one. How do you know?


It’s hard to describe this film. If you’re sick of the Christmas cheer and chirpiness then it’s the perfect antidote. I never mind someone being super grumpy about Christmas and/or being surrounded by kids but this does push the limit on occasion! Billy Bob is great though, at being a terrible human with just an inch of good left in him. The moments where you can see the boy finding chinks in the armour are great.

It’s definitely not the kind of film you can recommend to someone though - how do you even describe it? But I’m glad I’ve seen it, even though I maybe wouldn’t have wanted this particular viewing on Christmas actual Day. Oh well.

Rating: 3 / 5

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