We've all got our go to selection of movies when it comes to the holidays. Some go strictly traditional - MIRACLE ON 34TH STREET, IT'S A WONDERFUL LIFE, WHITE CHRISTMAS, etc. Then you got the more modern Christmas standards like A CHRISTMAS STORY, HOME ALONE, CHRISTMAS VACATION. Many of us here at Joblo are fond of DIE HARD and LETHAL WEAPON. Me, I'm all about BAD SANTA. Before I watch any of those other movies, I always start with Terry Zwigoff's unconventional holiday classic.
So many things in that movie appeal to irreverent sensibilities. First and foremost is Billy Bob Thornton's drunken slap to the face of the holiday season. Watching him practically shit all over Christmas cheer makes for a welcome alternative to all the artificial cheer getting pumped into our lives earlier and earlier with each passing year. The whole movie is an ode to people who have no patience for all that mess.
One of the best parts of the movie is Lauren Graham playing Sue, the slutty bartender with the Santa fetish. I've never wanted to be a mall Santa before and this movie certainly doesn't make the job seem all that appealing. That said, if one of the perks was the promise of Santa groupies begging for it in the parking lot, I might consider it.
See for yourself if Lauren is reason enough to wear the dumb hat and beard below.