Getting into the holiday spirit
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9. "Bad Santa" (Terry Zwigoff, 2003)
I wasn’t an immediate admirer of Terry Zwigoff’s irreverent take on the season beyond the usual and expected guffaws that Billy Bob Thornton’s work induces. But over the years, I find myself itching to see it again this time of year, so I finally bought a copy a while back rather than blow a couple of bucks on a rental each time out. We need more films like this, really, efforts so unapologetic and brazen that don’t even seem to be trying, unlike other films of the sort. It’s genuine in its "fuck it all" candor, and really, this time of year, don’t we all eventually find ourselves in a “fuck it all” frame of mind eventually?