Monday, December 18, 2006

Bad Santa

I find myself only one week away from Christmas and I'm hopelessly behind on my posts for Carl's G.I.F.T. Challenge. I'm not sure I'll manage four posts by next week but I couldn't let the challenge go by without mentioning my favourite Christmas film, Bad Santa.

Bad Santa is the ultimate anti-Christmas Christmas film. It stars Billy-Bob Thornton as a foul-mouthed drunken department store Santa who does a nice line in break and enter on the side. This film possibly has more swearing than any other I can think of. Okay, maybe there are some gangster movies that top it in the cursing stakes, but nobody swears with the same style as Billy-Bob. This Santa manages to offend just about every group in society and still remain endearing. For God's sake, he pisses himself while in the Santa suit and gets away with it.

And just in case you thought it was just too dark and cynical, there is a slightly soppy ending, albeit one that is totally in keeping with the spirit of the film. Watch this one with a glass of whisky, a cigar and a healthy desire to escape the usual Christmas schmaltz.


Paul said...

"Bad Santa" (despite the curse words) was a pretty good movie.

Brandon said...

I'm so far behind on contemporary movies it's almost hopeless. I've never seen the original "Rocky," "Dirty Dancing," "Pretty Woman," "Jaws," or "2001." There are countless others I can name. (I need culture, don't I?) But I tend to like to older movies (though I'll line up for a John Travolta movie any day, since he's my favorite living actor). Give me Humphrey Bogart and Grace Kelly and I'm in cinematic heaven!

Anyway, I'd like to wish you and your family happy holidays.