Santa Claus, it is said, knows when you are sleeping, so it’s probably best to come clean if he asks whether you saw “Fatman,” the new sedative written and directed (in the broadest possible sense of those words) by brothers Eshom Nelms and Ian Nelms. The film follows Santa, played by Mel Gibson; Mrs. Claus, played by Marianne Jean-Baptiste; and a hit man, played by Walton Goggins.
It is terrible.
The fat man in question is, of course, Santa; he is being hunted by Goggins’ Skinny Man, who has been hired by Billy Wenan (Chance Hurstfield), a middle schooler who earned a lump of coal one Christmas. (He hired Skinny Man to kidnap a classmate and threaten her with electrocution if she didn’t falsely confess to cheating at the science fair where she took first prize and he was runner-up.)
As if a Santa assassination scheme weren’t enough of a