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Review: Bad Santa 2

Bad Santa 2
11.22.2016
5 10

PLOT: It’s been more than ten years since we’ve seen Willie (Billy Bob Thornton), but he’s as drunk and pathetic as ever, with only the now adult Thurman Merman (Brett Kelly) keeping him company as he enters middle age. Broke and on the verge of ending it all, he’s lured to Chicago by his old partner Marcus (Tony Cox) with the promise of an easy score involving his estranged mother (Kathy Bates) and, obviously, once again wearing the red suit.

REVIEW: Based on the trailers, I didn’t think BAD SANTA 2 was going to be much of a sequel. Sure, the original is a minor classic, thanks in large part to the perfect marriage of a script by Glenn Ficarra and John Requa (with help from The Coen Bros), stylish direction by Terry Zwigoff, and Billy Bob Thornton’s genius casting in the lead. It wasn’t a picnic, as the movie infamously went through re-shoots and delays, but it was a gem. Given the history, it’s no surprise it took so long for a sequel to happen.

With Mark Waters (MEAN GIRLS, VAMPIRE ACADEMY) stepping-in for Zwigoff, and writers Johnny Rosenthal and Shauna Cross (WHIP IT, IF I STAY, WHAT TO EXPECT WHEN YOU’RE EXPECTING) taking over on creative, and the Weinsteins having sold off the rights, you could reasonably expect this to be a simple cash grab that’s at least a decade too late. Yet, for the first act, BAD SANTA 2 kinda works. It’s fun catching up with the terminally drunk Willie and he ruins menial job after menial job. He’s also saddled with the now grown Thurman (Brett Kelly), whose hero-worship of Willie hasn’t faded, and who Willie, in his own twisted way, kinda cares about. That being said, his way of showing him affection is hiring a prostitute played by Octavia Spenser to “pop his cherry.”

Up to this point, I was pleasantly surprised. BAD SANTA 2 was doing its job. Yet, as soon as the actual plot starts, which reunited Willie with Marcus, fresh out of jail, and sends them to Chicago (a very recognizable Montreal standing-in for it) to steal money from a charity run by Christina Hendricks and her sketchy husband (Ryan Hansen of “Veronica Mars” and “Party Down”), the movie grinds to a halt. Bates, as Willie’s tattooed, gangster mom, is going-all in, but her dialogue doesn’t work and she has no chemistry with Thornton. Meanwhile, all of Cox’s shtick from the first film is recycled. Even the “romance” between Hendricks and Thornton falls apart, never having the dirty appeal of what he had with Lauren Graham in the first film, even though they recycle the “f**k me Santa” joke.

The reason why it all goes so awry is obvious – Thornton and Kelly are split-up. Indeed, when Thurman makes his way to Chicago in the last act, the movie starts to get funny again. It’s crazy Waters and the writers weren’t able to see how Kelly and Thornton’s chemistry is key. It’s the only thing the movie has going for it, and it engenders some real good will in a cheap, knock-off sequel that has the look of a VOD film or a Netflix Original Movie.

If you loved BAD SANTA, you’ll probably want to see this out of curiosity, but it’s a real-deal example of a franchise that should have been allowed to die a quick death, as this is nothing but a pale imitation. Yet, parts of it, specifically whenever Brett Kelly is on-screen, work. If this makes its way to streaming, it might be worth a quick watch, but save your money theatrically. There are a lot of better movies out there that deserve your buck, even if you crave a good laugh.

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2:33PM on 11/27/2016
Another sequel nobody asked for. Stop with these late ass sequels trend. It doesn't work.
Another sequel nobody asked for. Stop with these late ass sequels trend. It doesn't work.
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5:36AM on 11/23/2016
i'm actually going to see the movie still, despite this bad review, and although i place a great deal of trust in your reviews, what can i say, i like you guys over here, this is a must see for me, the first movie brings back a whole lot of great memories :)
i'm actually going to see the movie still, despite this bad review, and although i place a great deal of trust in your reviews, what can i say, i like you guys over here, this is a must see for me, the first movie brings back a whole lot of great memories :)
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12:16AM on 11/23/2016

I will still see it. Sad to hear bad reviews on this. Where are all the good comedy writers?

Its time for Hollywood to turn to the Netflix and TV showrunners cause they are churning out shit in the way of comedies these days. How about Mike Judge to helm the decade late Wedding Crashers sequel that's coming next.
Its time for Hollywood to turn to the Netflix and TV showrunners cause they are churning out shit in the way of comedies these days. How about Mike Judge to helm the decade late Wedding Crashers sequel that's coming next.
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9:36PM on 11/22/2016
I dunno. If Christina Hendricks is saying "F**k me, Santa" it might be worth seeing for that at least ;)
I dunno. If Christina Hendricks is saying "F**k me, Santa" it might be worth seeing for that at least ;)
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7:34PM on 11/22/2016

Montreal stand-in??

Chicago has one of the most recognizable skylines in the world, not to mention the unmistakable Chicago River (a constant staple of blockbusters in recent years), and they think they can get away with standing in another fucking city? No.
Chicago has one of the most recognizable skylines in the world, not to mention the unmistakable Chicago River (a constant staple of blockbusters in recent years), and they think they can get away with standing in another fucking city? No.
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7:13PM on 11/22/2016
That's disappointing to read considering how funny and how much of a classic the first one is.

Really hope that sequel to Wedding Crashers doesn't happen since most comedic sequels to come out as of late have been lackluster.
That's disappointing to read considering how funny and how much of a classic the first one is.

Really hope that sequel to Wedding Crashers doesn't happen since most comedic sequels to come out as of late have been lackluster.
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4:34PM on 11/23/2016
Seriously. If they can't get Bad Santa right, they're REALLY gonna fuck that one up.
Seriously. If they can't get Bad Santa right, they're REALLY gonna fuck that one up.
6:45PM on 11/22/2016

The trend of failed sequels past their prime continues

So far these "nostalgia" sequels gave all sucked. 2lander, Anchorman2, Dumb and Dumber To, they all sucked. Now Bad Santa 2 is the latest sequel that happened too late.
So far these "nostalgia" sequels gave all sucked. 2lander, Anchorman2, Dumb and Dumber To, they all sucked. Now Bad Santa 2 is the latest sequel that happened too late.
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6:11PM on 11/22/2016

Help please

Which version of the original is definitive? Aren't there 3 cuts? Thanks in advance
Which version of the original is definitive? Aren't there 3 cuts? Thanks in advance
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