(Terry Zwigoff, US 2003, 91 min., 35mm)
Holidays. Alcoholic, misanthropic con man Willie T. Stokes works once a year . . . as a department store Santa Claus. Alongside his partner, Marcus (Tony Cox), Stokes plans to knock over a small Phoenix shopping mall managed by straight-laced Bob Chipeska (John Ritter) and his intense security chief Gin Slagel (Bernie Mac)—if he can manage to keep it together amid all of his alcoholism and sex addiction. The ultimate adults-only Christmas movie, Bad Santa is a crass, shameless, no-holds-barred farce that still manages to have a heart beneath its gruff exterior.