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How an All-Star Team of Jews Defiled Christmas in 'Bad Santa'.

The opening scene of the greatest Christmas movie of all time begins in a bar on a winter evening. The camera tracks past a lighted tree and wreaths and through a crowd of wealthy revelers in holiday sweaters. As Frederic Chopin's "Nocturne No. 2 in E-Flat Minor, Op. 9 No. 2" hums along, they chatter happily, exchanging all precious gifts and things. At the end of the bar is Willie T. Stokes (Billy Bob Thornton), looking anemic in a Santa suit and puffing on a cigarette. He sits alone, calling out baldly for another drink. We hear Willie in voiceover:

I've been to prison once. I've been married, twice. I was once drafted by Lyndon Johnson and had to live in shit-ass Mexico for two-and-a-half years for no reason. I've had my eye socket punched in, a kidney taken out, and I got a bone-chip in my ankle that's never gonna heal. I've seen some pretty shitty situations in my life, but nothing has ever sucked more ass than this.

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Author:Chandler, Adam
Publication:Tablet Magazine
Date:Dec 17, 2013
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