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Monday, November 28, 2016

Darkmatters Review: Bad Santa 2



Bad Santa 2 (15)

Dir. Mark Waters

Reviewed by Matt Adcock (@Cleric20)

“I traveled all the way across the USA to rob a Goddamn charity...”

Tis the Season to be angry, depressed and filthily offensive (again) it seems, as Bad Santa 2 comes calling. Fueled by cheap whiskey, greed, lust and a general hatred not just for himself but most of mankind. Yes, the world’s least jolly Santa - Willie Soke (Billy Bob Thornton) – is back and he’s once more teamed up with his little (literally tiny) sidekick, Marcus (Tony Cox). Their dubious plan is to knock off a homeless charity on Christmas Eve, Ho Ho Ho.

making eyes at Santa

Also back is the chubby man child Thurman Merman (Brett Kelly), now 21 and still hoping Willie will ‘pop his cherry’ – although he’s not entirely sure what that entails. And this time the oddball crew are joined by Willie's dear old mum Sunny Soke (Kathy Bates), who has a cunning plan that will require lots of criminal behavior – which happens to be her specialist subject.

Bad Santa 2 might not feel like a necessary sequel but there is still some incredibly un-PC fun to be had in witnessing Willie’s rock bottom sex, deviancy and booze fuelled antics. If you’re after an uplifting or feel good Christmas film then you should move along as this is a fast track self destruction seeking cinematic missile of bad taste and vulgarity.

this could a tip as to how to deal with such a poor film

Director Mark ‘Mean Girls’ Waters certainly ups the raunch factor this time gamely packing in sex scenes for Willie with new characters such as Diane (Christina ‘The Neon Demon’ Hendricks) and Jenny (Gina De ’50 Shades of Black’ Luca). Alas he doesn’t manage to find much else new and much of the ‘comedy’ feels reheated and possibly trying too hard to offend.

You’ll need to be a serious Scrooch not to find yourself laughing at least some of the comic hi-jinks on offer but it will come at the cost of your self decency and moral standards. The original Bad Santa pushed boundaries and got away with it but this follow up doesn’t hit the mark.

the anti-trinity of Christmas

If your Christmas wish is to see the triteness of the Season writ large on the big screen whilst  being both offended, not just by the humour but by the sheer poorness of the film Bad Santa 2 will certainly deliver. Those not looking to wallow in the Seasonal blues, won’t want to risk a visit to this Santa as he’s past his best in just about every way.

Stick to the first Bad Santa if you must get your Holidays off to a filthy start...

Out of a potential 5 you have to go with a Darkmatters:

ö1/2

(1.5 - Ho Ho NO, Duff Santa 2 more like)...

Awesomeness öö – The first 10 mins has a few laughs

Laughs öö – Not enough and not funny enough

Horror öö – Gross out human unkindness

Spiritual Enlightenment  - None

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