Bad Santa 2

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Bad Santa 2 is a 2016 Christmas black comedy crime film and is the sequel to the 2003 film Bad Santa, the film stars Billy Bob Thornton reprising his role as Willie Soke, Tony Cox, Brett Kelly, Kathy Bates, and Christina Hendricks. The story focuses on Willie and Marcus teaming up as criminals to work as Santa and an elf and to rob a toy store.

Plot

13 years after the events of the first film, Willie Soke decides to go back to his hometown in Chicago and returns to his job as a department store Santa and goes back to his dirty ways by drinking, committing crimes again and having sex with unmarried women. Marcus, his elf friend helps him commit the crimes again. Thurman Merman returns as an adult.

Bad Qualities

  1. Completely unnecessary due to the ending of the first film that didn't have sequel bait material.
  2. Extremely weak story.
  3. The film was released thirteen years after the original making it stale.
  4. A majority of events from the first film are ignored like that film didn't happen in the first place, especially when Willie was in California. The only event from the first film that's even mentioned is the shootout scene near the end of the first film.
  5. The raunchy humor in this film is even more raunchy than the humor that was in the first film (mentioned further in BQ reason #10).
  6. Certain characters from the first film aren't mentioned like Bernie Mac's character and John Ritter's character.
  7. Willie's atrocious behavior is even more awful than it was in the first film including drinking more heavily than he did in the first film, having a lot more sex and cursing a lot more.
  8. Willie's attitude is a lot more flat in contrast to his amusingly bad attitude in the first film.
  9. Most of the acting was rather poor than amusing.
  10. Crude and rather detailed images are shown during the end credits. The most memorably disgusting scenes are when pictures of Marcus being tea-bagged are taken and uploaded on the internet.

Good Qualities

  1. Willie's still pretty amusing.
  2. Marcus is still a funny sidekick.
  3. Bret Kelly reprises his role as Thurman Merman (the boy from the first film) and is now grown up and we get to hear him sing, which wasn't featured in the first film.
  4. The gift that Thurman got at the end of the first film as a kid returns.
  5. We get to find out that Willie's hometown is in Chicago.
  6. Kathy Bates did a good job starring in the film as Willie's mom and it was interesting that she was a third partner in crime.
  7. The film isn't a rehash of the original film and is set in a different part of the United States.
  8. Project X Zone 2 is referenced.

Reception

Bad Santa 2 was theatrically released on November 23, 2016 and received primarily negative reviews from critics, audiences and fans of the first film. The film holds a 23% "rotten" rating on Rotten Tomatoes with an average of 4.1 out of 10 and a critic consensus that states "Loaded up with the same scatological and misanthropic humor as its predecessor but precious little of its heart or genuine wit, Bad Santa 2 presents a foulmouthed shadow of Christmas past." Film critic Richard Roeper of The Chicago Sun-Times awarded the film half a star and stated, "No doubt some critics will slam Bad Santa 2 as a lump of coal in our holiday movie stockings. To which I would say: why be so rough on lumps of coal?" [1] and Glenn Kenny of RogerEbert.com awarded the film a two star rating and stated, "This sequel actively devalues the compassion-on-the-knife-edge-of-misanthropy that distinguished the original in favor of a mainstream gross-out cartoon."[2]

Box Office

Bad Santa 2 opened up at #7 on its opening weekend and grossed $17,782,176 domestically. In foreign countries, it grossed $5,447,195. Overall, Bad Santa 2 earned $23,229,371 worldwide against its $26 million budget making it a box office bomb.

Critic Comments

"At its best, Bad Santa 2 feels like an echo of its predecessor. At its worst, it's unfunny, crass, and uncomfortable (not in a good way)." - James Berardinelli of ReelViews

"Once-edgy jokes about Santa's vomit-caked beard, his open hostility toward children, and sexual proclivities in line with R. Crumb are now compulsory elements, like Bruce Willis saying "Yippie-ki-yay" in a Die Hard sequel." - Scott Tobias of NPR

"This sequel actively devalues the compassion-on-the-knife-edge-of-misanthropy that distinguished the original in favor of a mainstream gross-out cartoon." - Glenn Kenny of RogerEbert.com

"Brett Kelly's breakout performance makes Thurman a classic Christmas movie character - if only there were more of his goodness and less of the badness." - Katie Walsh of The Los Angeles Times

"If ever there was a movie that should never have been made, Bad Santa 2 is that movie." - Soren Anderson of Seattle Times

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Dragos133

5 months ago
Score 1
The first movie was great, but the sequel was a poor attempt at being raunchy but comes across as unfunny.

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