While perhaps not something many want to consider a truly brilliant film, Bad Santa was undeniably funny, and had more going for it than you’d be able to predict.

The franchise returns on November 23rd with Bad Santa 2, and while sequels are always problematic, this one looks to have the makings of a hilarious anti-adventure film.

A new Red Band trailer hit a few days ago, which… introduced Christina Hendricks in spectacular fashion, and now the film has a Green Band version to try to continue growing your enthusiasm for this crazy effort.

There’s a new job to pull off, this time ripping off a charity, and if Willie (Billy Bob Thornton) didn’t have enough problems with that, sort of, he also has to deal with his mother (Kathy Bates) as the mastermind of the score.

Take a look, and let us know if you’re looking forward to this one.

Bad Santa 2 poster

BAD SANTA 2 returns Academy Award®-winner BILLY BOB THORNTON to the screen as America’s favorite anti-hero, Willie Soke. Fueled by cheap whiskey, greed and hatred, Willie teams up once again with his angry little sidekick, Marcus (TONY COX), to knock off a Chicago charity on Christmas Eve. Along for the ride is ‘the kid’ – chubby and cheery Thurman Merman (BRETT KELLY), a 250-pound ray of sunshine who brings out Willie’s sliver of humanity.
Mommy issues arise when the pair are joined by Academy Award®, Golden Globe and Emmy-winner KATHY BATES, as Willie’s horror story of a mother, Sunny Soke. A super butch super bitch, Sunny raises the bar for the gang’s ambitions, while somehow lowering the standards of criminal behavior. Willie is further burdened by lusting after the curvaceous and prim Diane, played by Emmy Award-nominee CHRISTINA HENDRICKS, the charity director with a heart of gold and libido of steel.You better watch out: BAD SANTA 2 is coming to town.


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