Billy Bob Thornton and Brett Kelly in a scene from Bad Santa 2.
Billy Bob Thornton and Brett Kelly in a scene from Bad Santa 2. Jan Thijs

Bad Santa sequel tops this year's naughty list

BAD SANTA 2

Stars: Billy Bob Thornton, Kathy Bates, Tony Cox, Christina Hendricks

Director: Mark Waters

Reviewer: Javier Encalada

Verdict: 2.5/5

I KNEW this filthy film would be a review goldmine, but I never imagined it could be so twisted, so perverted and so, so bad.

The first 10 minutes reminded me why Bad Santa (2003) was such a cult success: critics hated it but people loved the DVD, able to enjoy the pure raw awfulness of the first film in the privacy of their homes.

Why? Because the original, and this sequel, is the opposite of Christmas. It's the anti-Christmas.

 

Billy Bob Thornton in a scene from the movie Bad Santa 2.
Billy Bob Thornton in a scene from the movie Bad Santa 2. Jan Thijs

Now, why would people like this? I'll tell you why: because deep down, some people hate Christmas.

Not the true meaning of Christmas, the Nativity and that, but what we have done with it: the rat race, the stress, and that awful shiny veneer people insist on applying over everything.

Many are just over the decorations nobody likes, the disappointing presents nobody likes, the hot oven-roasted dinner on a hot day with the relatives nobody likes.

Bad Santa 2 is the perfect film for those who feel alienated by the shiny poster that Christmas is these days. It exposes the ugly face of humanity at the time where we are meant to shine.

The film has Billy Bob Thornton back as Willie Soke, and brings in Kathy Bates as Suny, the mother from hell not even Bad Santa deserves.

And still, Thornton and Bates, being the acting legends they are, make it work - somehow.

In Bad Santa 2, everyone is either a pervert, a con, an idiot, a liar, a cheat and/or a bad person.

The movie is not even funny, at all, except for the credits. Don't ask but be advised it's as filthy as the film itself.

It may also become a cult film but this is, by all means, a reason you do not want to watch with your family.


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