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Pretty bad Santa movie.
Set 13 years after the first film, Willie Soke (Billy Bob Thornton) remains depressed as ever, upset his "happy ending" did not pan out, as he is again addicted to sex and alcohol. As he tries, and fails, to kill himself, he is visited by Thurman "The Kid" Merman (Brett Kelly), who has just turned 21 and works at a sandwich shop. Unfortunately, Thurman's father has abandoned him and his grandmother has passed on two years before - making Willie the closest thing to family he has left. Thurman delivers to Willie a package containing a large sum of cash, and Willie soon finds out it's from Marcus (Tony Cox), his former partner who has been released from jail after the events 13 years earlier. Marcus, expressing sincere remorse for betraying Willie, tells Willie he has an opportunity in Chicago, a deal that can potentially net them millions, though he is unwilling to disclose the name of his contact. Willie reluctantly agrees, while unsuccessfully trying to help Thurman lose his virginity before he leaves for Chicago. Upon their arrival, Willie is annoyed to learn that not only is a target of the con a charity, but that his estranged mother, Sunny (Kathy Bates), who uses "shit stick" as a term of endearment for Willie, is Marcus's contact. Willie reluctantly agrees, since Sunny is suffering from early stages of Parkinson's Disease, though he secretly makes a deal with Marcus to cut Sunny out when the time comes...
Rotten Tomatoes critical consensus reads, "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. Alex Welch of IGN gave the film 5/10, and wrote that it "does little to dispel the notion that most sequels simply aren't necessary." Kyle Smith for the New York Post described it as "vulgar, nasty and offensive, but it has flawed aspects also", and "so raunchy, you may feel the urge to wash your ears out with soap, not that the language is the only dirty thing about it." Ben Kenigsberg for The New York Times also found the film wanting, although praised Kathy Bates' performance. Vince Mancini for Uproxx said that the sequel will make [one] appreciate the original, and criticised the film's humor as "plug-to-play one liners", while also noting that the film "isn't terrible". Amy Nicholson for MTV mockingly referred to the film as Badly Traumatized Santa, and wrote that "[it] doesn't hate Christmas. It just hates women."
In a simple way, "Bad Santa 2" is just a rehash of the original film, but hardly as good in my book as many others have pointed out. The first one that came out in 2003 is still a X-Mas favourite of mine as the black humour in it is just wonderfully over the top in all directions. But, it works and I love how politically incorrect the film is. "Bad Santa 2" is unfortunately uninspired, it misses the charm of the first one, the performances are slightly tired (Billy Bob Thornton is nowhere near his great performance in the first one) and there´s a too strong love for faul language that doesn´t work compared how it did in the first one. Yes, there are some moments, but the first one should´ve been the only one about Willie Soke.
Wonderfully funny christmas spirit, bitches!
I had forgotten how rude the first film was and vaguely remembered it as being funny, well this started out being very funny but then got rude, way too rude and stupid and boring, dont make a 3rd one
Incredibly crass and vulgar, Bad Santa 2 is even more offensive than the first one. After getting a hot tip about a job in Chicago, Marcus recruits Willie for another Christmas heist. Kathy Bates and Christina Hendricks join the cast and get stuck in rather demeaning roles. And the absence of Bernie Mac and Lauren Graham is really felt. Additionally, the humor, besides being extremely raunchy, is mean spirited. Bad Santa 2 is an ugly and degrading film that tries to be as profane as possible.
Hugely disappointing sequel due to extremely poor script. This could and should have been so much more. Give it a miss but do see the first film.
I liked the first one ... this is unwatchable.
Awful X 1 million. an extremely crude script that not even a star-studded cast could save. 80% of the movie is gratuitous profanity, juvenile sex jokes, including numerous sodomy references (mainly between Willy & his mother which gave it an even more lowbrow, nasty vibe).. the first bad santa had a lot of this as well - but to a much lesser degree and in a funny manner. It also had a much better plot. bad santa 2 is just awful. got 3/4 of the way through and just couldn't stomach it any more. So disappointed.
This was a movie that should have never been made. The Kid was what made the first Bad Santa work so wonderfully. He was the kind, all forgiving character that in the end transformed Willy, gave him hope for a transformation into a better man. The second movie absolutely killed anything good that the first one has accomplished. The makers of the second movie just went for more dirt, lewdness and in the end stripped the characters of anything good in them. Good job guys. All you have created is a disgusting, steamy pile of crap.
Follows on where the first one left off. Crude, loud and proud, coming with lots of laughs.