Bad Santa 2
Release Date: February 21, 2017
Released By: Broad Green Pictures
Cast: Billy Bob Thornton, Kathy Bates, Tony Cox, Brett Kelly
Run Time: 95 Minutes
“Fueled by cheap whiskey and greed, Willie Soke (Academy Award-winner Billy Bob Thornton), teams up once again with his angry sidekick, Marcus (Tony Cox), to knock off a Chicago charity run by curvaceous Diane (Christina Hendricks). But the arrival of Willie’s horror story of a mother, Sunny (Academy Award-winner Kathy Bates), and “the kid” – Thurman Merman – may upset their plan. You better watch out, Bad Santa 2 is coming to town!”
Bad Santa 2 is a direct sequel to the original ‘Bad Santa’ film, which came out in 2003. This movie brings back all of the main characters from the first one including Willie, Marcus, and the beloved Thurman Merman. We also get a new character named Sunny, which is Willie’s mother (played by Kathy Bates). Taking place many years after the original, Bad Santa 2 starts off with Willie working dead end jobs, and hating his life once again. Marcus is released from jail, and approaches Willie with an apology, and an offer to work with each other again. This time, it’s to steal from a Chicago charity run by Diane (played by Christina Hendricks). Extremely hesitant since Marcus tried to kill him in the past (at the end of Bad Santa), Willie accepts the offer. If having to get back into the Santa suit wasn’t bad enough, plans start to change once Thurman Merman begins to tag along, and Willie finds out that his foul mouthed mother is involved in Marcus’ deal. Without giving anything away, let me share my thoughts on the movie. I was happy to see all of the original main cast members come back for the sequel because it wouldn’t have been the same without them. However, I wasn’t a big fan of newcomer Kathy Bates in the movie at all. I’ve honestly never been a big fan of Bates in the first place but her character was just plain disgusting in my opinion. One thing I’ve never enjoyed in any movie is bathroom humor. I feel like it’s just a cheap way to get people to laugh, and I personally don’t find it funny at all. Unfortunately, that seems to be Bates’ characters main thing in this movie. I probably could’ve done without the character all together. Aside from that, I enjoyed most of the interactions between Willie, Marcus, and Thurman. It’s like the actors fell right back into their original roles, and didn’t miss a beat after all of these years. I will say that I personally enjoyed this movie more than I did the first one. I know that’s not the popular opinion but it could be because I only saw the first one days before seeing this one, when others have been a fan of the original for 13 Years. With that being said, I’m really not the biggest fan of either of these movies. To me, they both fall under the category of shock humor, which means they only get laughs because you can’t believe what you just watched. One thing that I did like, is that the Bluray comes a nice handful of Special Features. We get some Deleted Scenes, an Alternate Opening and Ending, a Gag Reel (which I always love seeing), a dirty version of the song Jingle Bells called “Jingle Balls”, and a couple of Featurettes. The one that stood out most to me though, is the ‘Thurman Then & Now’ Featurette. It’s basically an interview with the actor who plays Thurman, as he talks about what he went through on set as a child during the first movie, and what he went through now as a man child during the sequel. The other Special Features were nice to have but this was the only one which really discussed something that I was interested in. Overall, Bad Santa 2 was a worthy sequel in my opinion. Like I said, I didn’t really like either of the Bad Santa movies but I do prefer this over the first one. If you enjoyed the original, I’d recommend checking this one out just to see where the characters are now in their lives. Also, if you’re into raunchy, over the top, foul languaged, shock & bathroom humor movies, then I’d also recommend this movie to you. BUT for anyone that’s looking for a timeless, family, Christmas Classic movie…I highly recommend staying away from the Bad Santa franchise!
Picture & Audio Quality:
The Picture Quality is one of the things that I liked the most from this Bluray. The scenic city shots of Chicago looked crisp and beautiful, and the red on the Santa suits really popped out at me. Other things throughout the movie looked really nice and detailed as well. It’s exactly what I would hope to see from a Bluray in 2017. The Audio Quality was also pretty good but nothing really stood out to me with this one. With other films, there are specific moments that have gotten my attention but that didn’t seem to happen to me with Bad Santa 2.
“Thurman Then & Now” Featurette
“Just Your Average Red Band Featurette”
“Jingle Balls” (An Adult Version of the Classic Holiday Song)
6.5 Out Of 10 Stars