Bad Santa 2

Movie review by
Jeffrey M. Anderson, Common Sense Media
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Too-little, too-late sequel has sex, language, drinking.
  • R
  • 2016
  • 92 minutes

Parents say

age 14+
Based on 4 reviews

Kids say

age 17+
Based on 3 reviews

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A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this movie.

Positive Messages

Very little in the way of positive life lessons; characters learn not to trust their closest family and friends; that charities are corrupt, so stealing from them is fine; and that adultery is also fine. At least two of the characters acknowledge that they are, for better or worse, each other's "family." Some racially/culturally charged jokes, as well as many jokes at the expense of little people

Positive Role Models & Representations

As a rule, the characters are pretty reprehensible. Only Thurman is at all worth emulating. Even though he's hardly a shining example of sense and practicality (he doesn't even pack a coat for Chicago in the winter), he's extremely good-hearted, he loves Christmas unabashedly, and absolutely nothing gets him down.


Guns are drawn, and characters are shot. Violent fight between two "Santas" includes beating, punching, etc. Main character attempts suicide.


Main character has sex several times, with two different women. He also gets manually stimulated. A prostitute is hired to "de-virginize" a young man. Women (including one who's breastfeeding) are objectified and ogled. Male testicles shown. Frequent, vivid, very mature sex talk.


Constant extreme language includes "f--k," "f---ing," "s--t," "bulls--t," "c--k," "p---y," "t-ts," "a--hole," "ass," "bitch," "nutsack," "nuts," "prick," "piss," "d--k," "retard," "moron," "felching," "teabagging," "jizz," "goddamn," "God" (as an exclamation), etc.


Several mentions of Instagram.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

The main character is an alcoholic who drinks frequently, steals liquor, vomits, etc. He attends an AA meeting. Some smoking.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Bad Santa 2 is the ultra-vulgar, ultra-mature sequel to 2003's Bad Santa. Expect tons of sexual content: The main character (played by Billy Bob Thornton) has sex with more than one woman and finds himself in other sexual situations. Plus, there's frequent graphic sex talk, and testicles are shown at one point. Language is also extremely strong and pretty much constant; just about every word under the sun is heard, including "f--k," "s--t," and more. The main character is an alcoholic who's frequently shown drinking, drunk, vomiting, and even stealing liquor. (He does go to an AA meeting in one scene.) The sequel is less violent than the original, but there is a sequence with guns and shooting, as well as a brutal fight scene and an attempted suicide.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Parent of a 10-year-old Written byMovieman456 July 18, 2020
Funny movie
Adult Written byPres November 9, 2019

Raunchy and Objectifying

Extreme sexual content and objectification of women. It wasn't funny.
Teen, 14 years old Written byLoveebliss June 8, 2019


It was very funny but there was way too much of everything
Teen, 14 years old Written byNZkool19 December 21, 2016

So Funny But Very Mature

This is a very funny movie this has more caring in this one then the first one.; The main character is an alcoholic and puts his testicals on a black small dude... Continue reading

What's the story?

In BAD SANTA 2, which is set a decade after the events of 2003's Bad Santa, safe cracker Willie Soke (Billy Bob Thornton) is still having trouble holding onto an honest job, and he still drinks too much. Then his old partner in crime, Marcus (Tony Cox), appears. Marcus wants a truce, and he has a job offer for Willie: They'll put on their Christmas outfits again and rob a crooked charity organization in Chicago. Willie reluctantly agrees but is nonplussed when he discovers that his nasty, estranged mother (Kathy Bates) is also in on the scheme. To make matters worse, the grown Thurman Merman (Brett Kelly), who considers Willie family, suddenly shows up, too. The thieves then face a set of comic hurdles, as well as possible betrayals, before they can get to their prize.

Is it any good?

The original Bad Santa found just the right tone for its dark, vulgar humor -- but this sequel feels like a too-little, too-late attempt to recapture faded glory. Much of the behind-the-scenes talent -- including director Terry Zwigoff, co-writers Glenn Ficarra and John Requa, and producers Joel Coen and Ethan Coen (who also contributed uncredited rewrites to the screenplay) -- didn't return for the follow-up. The director is now Mark Waters (Vampire Academy, etc.), and his flat handling of the material simply can't uncover any comedy gold.

Plus, while Willie was hilarious in the original, 10 years later on, his drinking is no longer funny; it's rather sad. Willie's former bond with Marcus is now strained, though he does share some warm moments with the now-grown-up Thurman. And, unexpectedly, Oscar winner Bates provides some moments of acting brilliance in her role as Willie's awful, tattooed, buzz-cut mother. Overall, Bad Santa 2 has a couple of chuckles here and there, but it's likely this lackluster sequel will be on very few holiday wish lists.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about how Bad Santa 2 depicts drinking. Is Willie an alcoholic? Does he get pleasure from drinking? Are there consequences for his drinking? Why is that important?

  • What role does sex play in the movie? Is it connected in any way to love or passion? What do the characters get from it? Parents, talk to your teens about your own values regarding sex and relationships.

  • How is violence used in the movie? Is it used for laughs? Thrills? How does the fact that the movie is a comedy affect the impact of the violence?

  • How does the sequel compare to the original? Why do you think it took so long between movies?

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