Welcome to this wicked wonderland and exposé of all things elfin. Out of work at age 33, a writer in need of holiday cash decides to employ his gift for insightful observation in the trade of elfdom at Macy's Department Store. Besieged by bratty kids with overzealous parents and besmocked in a humiliating costume, he finds that his cynical self and his elfin alter ego, "Crumpet," are not exactly compatible. His remedy for the saccharine overdose he endures in his never-endingly exuberant job is to tell all--giving us a backstage pass to the secret lives of Santas and elves. Though definitely not your traditional stocking stuffer, this caustic Christmas carol is a laughter-spiked antidote to the holiday blues. The Santaland Diaries serves up holiday cheer and sneer--and a rebel without a Claus. Clint Thornton directs.