Friday, May 26, 2006

Badder than the average Santa

Sorry if this review (such as it is) seems untimely. The movie came out a whole year later here in the UK than it did in the US, but even that can't excuse either my tardiness or lack of seasonality. Anyway, last night I watched Bad Santa. Technically, I think I watched Badder Santa, the extended, unrated version, but here in the UK, since that seems to have been the only version released, it's just Bad Santa.

To be honest, I wasn't sure that it was going to be my cup of tea. And Wife had decided from the off that it wasn't hers, so off she trotted to beddy-byes while I loaded up the DVD.

It didn't start well. The first five minutes went by and I wasn't impressed. Then another five. "Oh bollocks," I thought. "I've picked another fucking dud." But this film had seemed so promising. Billy Bob Thornton in the lead, John Ritter's final movie, that dwarfy black bloke from Rescue Me and Me, Myself & Irene, even Bernie Mac. And there's this girl in it who I've seen playing poker on Hollywood Home Game or whatever it's called. I mean... how could it fail?

Then another five minutes, and now I'm smiling. "Okay, now we're getting somewhere."

From that point on things were decidedly better. There are some great moments. It's crass at times, and some people might consider it offensive. Indeed, if the very premise of a drunken Santa and a dwarfy black elf who are con men ripping off department stores and saying "fuck" a lot is not already making you smile, then this movie's probably not for you.

It's not gross in the way that people think Farrelly Brothers films are gross. And for my money it's better than their films anyway. I laughed a lot more than I do for most films. Although it must be said that I laugh at anything, simple bugger that I am.

Again, not a long film: about 95 minutes or so, so no great investment of time is needed. Go on, give it a go.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Billy Bob is one of my fave actors.
I loved the man who wasnt there. Seen that?
By the way, I miss moviedrome and its my next mission to watch as many of those films as possible.
I loved Repo man. I hated 'Night of the comet'.
'House of games' was excellent too.

26 May, 2006 15:23  
Blogger * (asterisk) said...

I like Billy Bob too. Bought The Man Who Wasn't There; great movie. In fact, the Coen brothers produced Bad Santa: another thing in the film's favour.

I also thought it'd be good to work my way through that Moviedrome list... sometime...

26 May, 2006 15:26  
Blogger wrinkled weasel said...

sorry for being "off topic" A, but you mentioned a link to my blog which totoall confused me.

It turns out that you cannot see the "blogs i visit" section on my Firefox browser!!!

I just tried IE out of curiosity and it works of course. I had this problem with a clever mouse trail thing that never worked.

I like Firefox, but its a shame it It is losing stuff..

26 May, 2006 16:22  
Blogger * (asterisk) said...

Hmmm. Can you see any of the stuff in my sidebar at all, WW? Or is it just Blogs I Visit that's missing?

Another visitor recently told me that all my sidebar stuff was down at the bottom of the page in his browser (IE); turns out I had something a little long in there. I view in Safari, and all is fine for me, so it's difficult to troubleshoot from this end, but I'm keen to make it correct if poss. Thanks.

26 May, 2006 16:39  
Blogger wrinkled weasel said...

as far as I can make out, only the "blogs I visit" section is missing.

the drop down menus are brilliant! Is it an easy piece of html or what? (they work)

26 May, 2006 16:45  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

works fine on my firefox

26 May, 2006 17:47  
Blogger wrinkled weasel said...


it's my fault. i have an option on firefox to turn of certain scripts and i had not allowed the relevant one.

sorry again.

i am technically challenged if that can be an excuse.


26 May, 2006 19:01  
Blogger * (asterisk) said...

Great, thanks for the update WW. Thanks RD.

27 May, 2006 07:44  
Blogger Candy Minx said...

I LOVE Badder Santa, and it makes a difference in N.A. which one you get...I often use the lines in the movie in everyday situations oh I was off the couch and crying in some of this movie. But I love comedies so much...

27 May, 2006 15:11  
Blogger * (asterisk) said...

A good comedy is a great and rare beast, CM.

28 May, 2006 18:39  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

sling blade is his best movie

30 May, 2006 06:22  
Blogger * (asterisk) said...

Yeah, DP, Sling Blade is great. Been a while since I watched it, so it's due another look soon.

30 May, 2006 09:13  

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