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Bad Santa

Title: Bad Santa
Directed by:
Terry Zwigoff
Written by:
Glenn Ficarra, John Requa
Year: 2003

Usually, I do not enjoy laughing at tragedy, but in some ways, Bad Santa is an exception. The story revolves around two men posing as Santa and his little helper, who cares little about Christmas except for the opportunities of robbing shops that it presents. Both are pretty sad figures, and they are also fairly ruthless, at least until they run into a bullied boy who seems to love Santa no matter how bad he is.

I cannot really say why I enjoyed watching this film, because when I describe it, nothing seems to appeal to me. Good acting and the occasional successful joke are probably the reasons, but I still do not quite understand. Anyway, I do not recommend this film around Christmas, since it expertly destroys most of whatever atmosphere you might have built up. I suggest you watch it after Christmas instead, when you are bored to death of red-nosed rein deers and fat men in red and white.

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