Bad Santa 2 trailer

The original Bad Santa did such a great job of balancing salty, sour, bitter, and sweet that it almost looked easy. But with the arrival of Bad Santa 2 this fall, we may get a better look at just how difficult it can be to pull off that trick.

There’s some key talent returning in front of the camera. Billy Bob Thornton returns to star as safecracker / mall Santa Willie Soke, along with Tony Cox as Willie’s partner in crime Marcus and Brett Kelly as Willie’s young friend Thurman Merman. Behind the camera, though, there are some major changes. Mark Waters steps up to the plate as director this time around, replacing Terry Zwigoff who helmed the first film, while Shauna Cross and Johnny Rosenthal step in for Glenn Ficarra and John Requa as screenwriters.

Can they replicate the foul-mouthed hilarity and surprising tenderness of the first film? Watch the NSFW Bad Santa 2 trailer below and judge for yourself.  Read More »

Bad Santa 2

Since 2003, Bad Santa has become a sort of holiday classic for people who don’t like holiday classics. This pitch-black comedy is everything Christmas movies aren’t supposed to be — crass and mean and completely twisted — which makes it all the more admirable that it manages to be kinda sweet as well. It’s a tricky balance, but one director Terry Zwigoff and writers Glenn Ficarra and John Requa pull off with aplomb.

So what happens when someone tries to recapture that magic 13 years later, without the writers or director who made it work the first time? Well, we’ll find out in just a few months. This fall’s Bad Santa 2 brings back Billy Bob Thornton as self-loathing screwup Willie Soke, along with Tony Cox as his erstwhile partner and Brett Kelly as his young friend. But the director this time is Mark Waters, of Mean Girls fame, and the script comes from Shauna CrossDoug EllinJohnny Rosenthal, and John Phillips. Take a peek at the NSFW Bad Santa 2 trailer below.

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Bad Santa

Much like a certain alcoholic department store Santa, Bad Santa 2 has struggled for a long time to get its act together. But at long last, things are starting to look up. Following last week’s news that Billy Bob Thornton is officially set to return as Willie, the holiday comedy sequel has found itself a new director in Mark Waters (Mean Girls). Oh, and Tony Cox (Willie’s partner) and Brett Kelly (the kid) are also coming back. More about the Bad Santa 2 director after the jump.  Read More »