Bad Santa 2 Reviewed By Clayton Barnett

The Premise
Fueled by cheap whiskey, greed and hatred, Willie teams up once again with his angry little sidekick, Marcus, to knock off a Chicago charity on Christmas Eve.

The Review
Billy Bob slides back down the chimney for another whiskey-soaked rude and outrageous Christmas comedy for the Grinch in all of us.

13 years ago the original cursed its way into cinemas and became an instant cult classic. And back then it was original hilarious bawdy stuff from Terry Zwigoff (Ghost World) that we’d never quite experienced before. But all the R-rated comedies from Seth Rogen and co we’ve had since just makes this Santa-sequel feels like a lump of coal after such a long wait.

Billy Bob Thornton slips into the urine-stained santa suit so easily it’s scary, it looks like he had a lot of fun reprising his now-iconic role, and Kathy Bates is perfectly cast as his equally potty mouthed mother. Somehow they hi-jacked Christina Hendricks into this, I figure she just wanted to let of some steam after years of playing it straight in Mad Men. Too bad Gilmore Girls Lauren Graham couldn’t join the festive reunion as she was a highlight in Santa’s first visit.

But having just watched the original this sequel lacks that unique spark, and totally feel like a cash grab (it’s quite amazing this hasn’t gone straight to DVD). Mean Girls director Mark Waters does offer a few Christmas goodies - like Santa’s encounter with an Olympic shot-putter - but otherwise plays it safe rehashing the original. The film really does miss Terry Zwigoff’s absurd and twisted touch.

The Verdict
While Grinches will still rub their hands in glee at this rudely funny Santa-sequel, it just lacks the twisted bite of the original - especially after a 13 year wait.

The Trailer

The Info
Releases: 24th November 2016
Rating: R16 – Contains Violence, offensive language, sexual material & other content that may offend
Duration: 92 minutes 
Genre:  Comedy
Starring: Billy Bob Thornton, Kathy Bates, Tony Cox, Christina Hendricks, Brett Kelly
Director: Mark Waters (Vampire Academy)

The Extras
Brett Kelly was slimmer after becoming an adult but gained more than 40 pounds to reprise his role as Thurman. He consumed many smoked meat sandwiches in Montreal, where the film was shot, to quickly obtain the desired weight.

Lauren Graham could not reprise her role as Sue, due to her commitment to the Gilmore Girls revival on Netflix.

Brett Kelly (AKA Thurman Murman) will return; he is 22 years old now.

In this film, Billy Bob Thornton plays the son of Kathy Bates. In reality, he is only seven years younger.