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Bad Santa 2 review: Sequel fails to deliver cheer

By Damon Smith

Published 25/11/2016

Christmas turkey: Bad Santa 2 fails to live up to the original
Christmas turkey: Bad Santa 2 fails to live up to the original

When we saw him last, Willie Soke (Billy Bob Thornton) looked like he might have found his happy-ever-after with Sue, a woman with a Father Christmas fetish, but when the film opens, Sue's long gone and Willie's set to do himself in.

First by shoving his head in the oven, until he realises it's electric, and then via a cord, until the ever chubby and cheery Thurman Merman (Brett Kelly) arrives at his place with a bundle of cash.

Willie's soon meeting up with his former mucker Marcus (Tony Cox).

Despite Marcus' attempt to kill Willie and run off with the money at the end of Bad Santa, he has a proposition for him - stealing from a Chicago charity on Christmas Eve.

A sequel has to be bigger and bolder than its original, otherwise why bother, but in this instance, it simply means more filth.

Two stars

Belfast Telegraph

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