BAD SANTA 2 (18)
D: Mark Waters
Miramax/Broad Green/Media Talent Group/Ingenious (Geyer Kosinski & Andrew Gunn)
USA/Canada/UK 🇺🇸 🇨🇦 🇬🇧 2016
W: Johnny Rosenthal & Shauna Cross [based on characters created by Glenn Ficarra & John Requa]
DP: Theo van de Sande
Ed: Travis Sittard
Mus: Lyle Workman
Billy Bob Thornton (Willie Soke), Tony Cox (Marcus Skidmore), Kathy Bates (Sunny Soke), Brett Kelly (Thurman Merman), Christina Hendricks (Diane), Ryan Hansen (Regent), Jenny Zigrino (Gina)
This sequel to the 2003 black comedy is more of the same jokes, which really do push the boundaries of political incorrectness and bad taste.
A decade after his last heist, Willie Soke (the surname was Stokes in the first film) has hit rock bottom, hitting the bottle hard and is contemplating his own suicide when he receives a letter from his old partner in crime, the diminutive Marcus, who claims he's hatched a plan for a robbery which will net the duo in access of $2 million.
Upon their arrival in Chicago for their plan to take effect, Willie is reunited with his equally repugnant mother, the real brains behind the plan.
Many of the jokes are recycled from the first film, only with the volume turned up and quite possibly more disgusting. There are some very funny moments however (depending on your sense of humour), which save this from being just another cash-in sequel.
It doesn't quite capture the Christmas spirit like the original film did in its final moments, this is just a little too grubby for that.