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.