Fatman

Fatman

Fatman

Mel Gibson is Santa in this anti-festive black comedy, forced to contend with a hitman hired by a disgruntled 12-year-old who received a lump of coal for Christmas. Co-stars Walton Goggins (The Hateful Eight) and Marianne Jean-Baptiste (In Fabric).

Spoiled, rich kid, 12-year-old, Billy Wenan lives with his ailing grandmother and pines for attention from his absentee father. He rules the house with an iron fist and shows no remorse when being cruel to the hired help. On Christmas morning, after receiving a lump of coal in his stocking, Billy decides to hire a hitman, known only as Skinny Man (Goggins), to kill Santa.

Santa (Gibson), also known as Chris Cringle, is in the middle of a financial struggle. The rising number of naughty has caused his government subsidy to slide below his current budget. Working along-side his faithful and pragmatic wife, Ruth (Jean-Baptiste), together, they fight to keep the lights on in the workshop and the elves employed. Reaching the end of their rope, they're forced to enter a two-month contract with the U.S. military. As Skinny Man makes his way toward Chris, we realize he harbors a twisted personal vendetta of his own. And when their two world's collide, Chris must rise to the occasion to keep the Christman spirit - and himself - alive.

2020Rating: MA15+, Strong Violence100 minsUSA
Comedy

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Variety

Variety

You get the distinct feeling that the Nelms brothers think this is all a lot funnier, crazier, and more resonant than it is.

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The New York Times

The New York Times

Waffling between anger and pathos, dry humor and dead-eyed violence... feels tonally befuddled

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Vulture

Vulture

Fatman is so enamored of its central idea that it forgets to take that idea any further.

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Stuff

Stuff

It's clear [the filmmakers] were keen on making a dark comedy to rival Billy Bob Thornton's Bad Santa. Unfortunately, it lacks the same wit and invention

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Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

Less gonzo than it sounds, for better and worse.

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Slant Magazine

Slant Magazine

If it weren't so airless, it'd be easier to appreciate the film as a character study of Santa's midlife woes.

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Film Threat

Film Threat

All Fatman comes down to is how well it can maintain a straight face and slip in the laughs without ever breaking character. For the most part, it's successful.

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FilmInk

FilmInk

Tonally, it seems to be striving for the comedy hijinks of Bad Santa, but the script just isn’t up to the task. It just isn’t as funny or edgy as it needs to be.

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