In 2003, Bad Santa appeared on the scene and, whilst not a success on the big screen, it did do very well afterwards on DVD and streaming.
It’s taken 13-years for them to get round to making a sequel, a sequel that, in reality, wasn’t required, Bad Santa wrapped things up pretty nicely.
To counter this, writers Johnny Rosenthal (The Convention (Short)) and Shauna Cross (Whip It, If I Stay), begin with Billy Bob Thornton (Fargo (TV), Monster’s Ball) saying happy-endings are bullsh*t.
Bad Santa 2 begins with Tony Cox (Oz The Great And Powerful, Me, Myself And Irene) seeking out Thornton to let him know about a new job, a big one.
Sceptical, Thornton is seduced by the money and so the pair head to Chicago. The ‘kid’ from the first one is still around, though grown up and dumb as they come.
Brett Kelly (Trick ‘r Treat, Bad Santa) follows Thornton and Cox to Chicago, surprising them. The job Cox has lined up is with Thornton’s mum, Kathy Bates (Misery, Titanic), whom he hates.
The plan is to rob a charity, which involves Thornton being a Santa Claus again and Cox being an Elf. Christina Hendricks (Mad Men (TV), Drive) is running the charity with her cheating husband Ryan Hansen (Veronica Mars (TV), Friday The 13th).
The original Bad Santa was a lot of fun. It came out of nowhere and was, on paper, the least happy Christmas film there was, except it wasn’t, it worked.
This though, doesn’t hit the mark. It feels like a re-hash of the first film, only with a hell of a lot more swearing. I don’t mention this because it upsets me or I find it offensive, I just mention it because it felt like it was put in there to do exactly that.
It does have some funny moments, whether that’s crude or otherwise…mostly crude, but it takes forever to reach the main heist with very little occurring up to that point.
The performances are pretty good and there’s a bit of a twist towards the end even though it’s not exactly an unforeseen.
As for the Blu-ray there’s a ton of extras: Extended edition, trailers, gag reel, deleted scenes, alternate opening and ending and lots more.