One of the best parts of the holiday season is the chance to indulge in the "once a year" movies that really stimulate my Holiday spirit glands. Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer, It's a Wonderful Life, and A Christmas Story are classics and always shown repeatedly on television. In fact I just saw Rudolph a few weeks ago, on November 30th. I remember when they only showed this movie on Christmas Eve, now it's on in November?? But we'll save the wrongness of Rudolph in November for another post.
These movies are great, but I'm more of a fan of edgier Christmas movies, like National Lampoons Christmas Vacation, which needs to be seen in it's entirety, not in "televised and interrupted every seven minutes by commercials" format. But aside from Christmas Vacation, the funniest Christmas movie I enjoy every year is probably Bad Santa.
Let me stop right now though and throw out a strong disclaimer. This movie is not for everyone. It is incredibly offensive, extremely vulgar (every imaginable permutation of swear word), and has pervasive raunchy scenes throughout. Billy Bob Thornton and Tony Cox are hilarious (Billy Bob is so believable in the role, I'm not sure he's even acting half the time) and Bernie Mac and John Ritter (in his last move role) seem to steal every scene.
I could watch this scene 10 times in a row and I still laugh every time. Again, this is an incredibly offensive movie with horrible language and incredibly inappropriate scenes and dialogue. It's a movie I watch almost every year, but would never recommend to my Dad. Despite its offensive nature and black comedy tint, it's still a Christmas movie, and has some sweet touching moments without being Hollywood sappy and unbelievable.
If you haven't seen it before, I would highly recommend this holiday cult classic. But only if you aren't easily offended by raunchy jokes and offensive language. If these two clips made you laugh, you should definitely see this movie. If they made your jaw drop in abject horror at the filthy language, kindly ignore this post.