Fueled by cheap whiskey, greed and hatred, Willie Soke teams up with his angry little sidekick, Marcus, to knock off a Chicago charity on Christmas Eve. Along for the ride is chubby and cheery Thurman Merman, a 250-pound ray of sunshine who brings out Willie's sliver of humanity. Issues arise when the pair are joined by Willie's horror story of a mother, who raises the bar for the gang's ambitions, while somehow lowering the standards of criminal behavior.
|Release Date||:||November 23, 2016|
|Genres||:||Comedy, Crime, Drama|
|Production Company||:||Ingenious Media, Broad Green Pictures, Miramax|
|Production Countries||:||United States of America|
|Writers||:||Shauna Cross, Doug Ellin, John Phillips, Johnny Rosenthal|
|Casts||:||Billy Bob Thornton, Kathy Bates, Brett Kelly, Tony Cox, Christina Hendricks, Ryan Hansen, Cristina Rosato, Octavia Spencer, Jenny Zigrino, Jeff Skowron|
|Plot Keywords||:||holiday, elves, santa claus, villain, shopping mall, masturbation, pervert, mall santa, christmas, anti christmas, mad woman|
Bad Santa 2 (2016)
** (out of 4)
After spending years in prison, Marcus (Tony Cox) gets in contact with Willie (Billy Bob Thornton) and talks him into traveling to Chicago for one last job. Once there Willie's mom (Kathy Bates) is brought on board and soon the three are trying to rob a charity at Christmas time.
The original BAD SANTA is a movie I watch repeatedly and it's a movie that I will always love. Throughout all of its vile and nasty humor, there was a heart and that combination is what made the film so memorable. For years I've been hoping for a sequel even though I know that more times than not sequels can't live up to the original. BAD SANTA 2 took years to get to us so I had hoped that they actually took their time to come up with something good but sadly the end result here is a major disappointment.
I'm not going to sit here and say that the film is awful because it isn't. I'm not going to sit here and say that there aren't any laughs because there are plenty of very good laughs. The only problem is that the laughs are so scattered out that you can't help but get somewhat bored by the paper-thin plot as well as the silly mother-son relationship. As is the case with a lot of sequels, this one here feels as if it was rushed into production and the end result is a copy of the original but not nearly as funny or entertaining.
It's obvious that both Cox and Bates appear to be having fun with their roles. The two of them are quite lively and especially when they're throwing insults back at one another. Bates, in particular, really seems to be enjoying playing this White Trash character. It was fun seeing Brett Kelly return as the "kid" who is constantly in the way. As for Thornton, I don't know, it just seems like he's going through the motions here. It just didn't seem like he was giving it his all and his character here isn't nearly as entertaining as it was the first time around.
BAD SANTA 2 is certainly a very disappointing film but if you're a fan of the original then you might want to check it out for what laughs it does have.