Source: Catholic News Service
Abrasive black comedy about a self-loathing safecracker (Billy Bob Thornton) who, along with his dwarf accomplice (Tony Cox), poses as a department store Santa to rob shopping malls of their holiday loot -- that is, until a friendless overweight boy (Brett Kelly) stirs his booze-soaked conscience. Director Terry Zwigoff should expect coal in his stocking for assaulting viewers with a nonstop barrage of obscenities and vulgar raunchiness which leave Santa's red suit soiled -- in more ways than one. By taking the "merry" out of Christmas and portraying its sleazy St. Nick stand-in as a foul-mouthed, drunken, chain-smoking, suicidal sexual predator, the film undermines its tacked-on redemptive message. Excessive rough and crude language and profanity, recurring lewd sexual encounters, much crass humor, pervasive alcohol abuse, an attempted suicide and some violence. The USCCB Office for Film & Broadcasting classification is O -- morally offensive. The Motion Picture Association of America rating is R -- restricted.
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