BAD SANTA

Geelong Advertiser - TV Guide - - MOVIES -

NINE, Satur­day, 9.35pm,

MA15+ ( 2003)

A profane com­edy from di­rec­tor Terry Zwigoff ( Ghost World) that fol­lows the lessthan- jolly ex­ploits of chain- smok­ing, whisky- swill­ing Santa- for- hire Wil­lie ( Billy Bob Thorn­ton, above). Aided by his Elf side­kick ( Tony Cox), the pair par­lay their roles as en­ter­tain­ers to an­nu­ally fleece the depart­ment stores they work at. But this year’s heist is com­pli­cated when a bul­lied, lonely young­ster ( Brett Kelly) latches on to the surly, red- suited crook and adopts him as a fa­ther fig­ure. Zwigoff never com­pro­mises his bawdy hu­mour, mak­ing this a lewd Christ­mas treat to be opened with ex­treme cau­tion.

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