Bad Santa 2


Inferior sequel about a vicious Santa starring Billy Bob Thornton Discuss this article

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This sequel lacks the viciousness of the first movie, and its hint of honest Christmas redemption. Bad Santa 2 is also lacking a director with an original voice, with Mark Waters more sentimental and more up for broad, panicky comedy.

The script is a rehash of jokes that worked better last time around. Billy Bob Thornton, looking visibly dejected by the weak script, is back as ne’er-do-well Willy, who’s still just as depressed, but the dialogue and action feels forced.

Bad Santa 2 is especially hard on its female characters; Christina Hendricks is basically here just for Willy to ogle.

Still, there are a few crude laughs, which count for something these days.

The bottom line
Inferior sequel about a criminal Claus.

By Joshua Rothkopf
Time Out Doha,

Bad Santa 2

  • Duration: 92
  • Released: Wed, 23 Nov
  • Language: English
  • Director: Mark Waters
  • Stars: Billy Bob Thornton, Kathy Bates, Tony Cox

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