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|
This is every bit as good as the first, if not better. If the humor is crude, then it is at least its high quality low brow, if there could be such a thing. The brow is so low that it would be found at the magnetic core of the earth. Even on the streets, which I was pretty close to at a low point in my life, it wasn't this bad. But the humor inserted in these kinds of stark circumstances, is seamless, as only the best comedy writing and talent can show. Tony Cox delivers as he did before, as the dwarf criminal. Who would think that Kathy Bates, an Academy Award winner, would lower herself to such a role? We can only be glad that she did, because she fits like a glove with the other two, and practically steals this movie. I think it was John Barrymore who said on his deathbed, that he might be dying, but at least he wasn't doing comedy. Very few actors can do both high drama and high comedy. Bates proves that she is one of the very few that can do both. Sadly, roles as usual, are very few for older actresses. We don't see enough of her in the cinema these days. Billy Bob, as one of the best of the contemporary actors, also makes that smooth transition, as he has before. This comedy is definitely worth the watch, on too many levels to count, right down to the last scene.