50 Greatest Comedies of the 21st Century

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'Bad Santa' (2003)
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35. 'Bad Santa' (2003)

Grinches never had a Christmas movie to call their own. And then Billy Bob Thornton slapped on a gin-soaked beard and a vomit-encrusted Santa suit, and tucked everyone's stockings with the fattest piece of coal in the mine. What’s remarkable about Bad Santa is how far its director, Terry Zwigoff (Ghost World), goes to avoid any hint of Yuletide sentimentality: Thornton's thieving Kris Kringle is a degenerate alcoholic who works malls, hates kids and loves anal sex with equal passion. Not to mention that the snot-nosed, Claus-crazy imp who's supposed to redeem him, the unfortunately named Thurman Merman (Brett Kelly), is the rare outcast that's genuinely disturbing. We are all John Ritter reaction shots. ST 

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