Bad Santa

Movie review by Teresa Talerico, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 17+

Too naughty for kids; nice for some grown-ups.

R 2003 93 minutes

Parents say

age 15+

Based on 14 reviews

Kids say

age 14+

Based on 18 reviews

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Community Reviews

age 17+

Dark, but warm

It’s a dark comedy, with a warm underbelly. It’s one of my favourites to pull out over the holiday season. Definitely not for younger viewers though. I’m surprised it got 15 rating in the UK.

This title has:

Great messages
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
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age 17+

Awesome, but NOT for kids!

Very raunchy, but very funny! Billy Bob Thornton plays his role so well and does not hold back, and Tony Cox is quite his partner in crime. Although there are no positive messages, the boy who befriends Bad Santa (Billy Bob Thornton) is a positive role model because of how innocent he is throughout the film, but Bad Santa drinks too much and is wasted most of the time, which does not make him a positive role model. Violence includes robberies, and there is plenty of sex, and in language, there are plenty of uses of “s--t” and “f--k”. This is NOT for kids, but it is entertaining for many adults who like raunchy humor.

This title has:

Great role models
Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking

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