Santa Smokes (2002)

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In this independent comedy, Johnny (Till Terror) is a down-on-his-luck actor whose shrill but sensible girlfriend, Sue (Melissa Friedman), is after him to get a "real" job. When Sue gets fed up and gives Johnny his walking papers just as bookie Mr. Johnson (Rynel Johnson) starts hounding him to pay off his gambling debts, Johnny swallows his pride and takes a job as a street-corner Santa Claus, handing out flyers for a local store while half-heartedly making with the "ho ho ho." While on the corner, he meets an eccentric woman who calls herself Angel (Kristy Jean Hulslander) and dresses as the namesake spiritual being as part of her job. Johnny and Angel soon hit it off, through their shared cynicism makes their romance an uphill struggle all the way. Santa Smokes was the first feature for actor and co-director Till Terror, who made the film in collaboration with Chris Valentien.

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Critic Reviews for Santa Smokes

All Critics (6) | Top Critics (3)

The story of Johnny (Mr. Schauder), a struggling young actor with problems all around.

Dec 15, 2004 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

Who says you need a big crew and tons of money to make an enjoyable movie?

Dec 15, 2004 | Rating: 3/4

Overall the acting is sound, the missteps few, and the murky digicam smash-and-grab sheen entirely apt for the cacophonous Christmas crush.

Dec 14, 2004 | Full Review…

Made in 2002, Santa Smokes could rightfully be called the first incarnation of the 'bad Santa.'

Jun 26, 2005 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…

Forgettable fun.

Dec 16, 2004 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

[Terror and Valentien] manage to capture the essence of the Big Apple in the only way possible: off the cuff and entirely on the fly.

Dec 15, 2004 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

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