Every 13 years, we’re blessed with a new round of Christmas classics.
1990 gave us Home Alone and Die Hard 2. Then 2003 saw the release of the yuletide trifecta that is Elf, Love, Actually (which isn’t a good movie, but it’s certainly popular), and Bad Santa. It’s 13 years later, meaning at least one of Almost Christmas, Office Christmas Party, and Bad Santa 2 will become a holiday mainstay. With all due respect to Kate McKinnon, my money’s on Bad Santa 2, which, based on the NSFW red band trailer, is the only movie — let alone Christmas movie — where Billy Bob Thornton comments on the size of Christina Hendricks’ breasts and punches his mother in the face.
Age hasn’t softened Willie T. Soke. He’s still a magnificent bastard to pretty much everyone, but especially Tony Cox’s Marcus (“Why are you even out of the joint anyway? You know they used to sterilize guys like you to keep the world from becoming some negro land of Oz”) and poor Thurman Merman.
Here’s the official plot synopsis:
Fueled by cheap whiskey, greed, and hatred, Willie teams up once again with his angry little sidekick, Marcus, to knock off a Chicago charity on Christmas Eve. Along for the ride is “the kid” — chubby and cheery Thurman Merman, a 250-pound ray of sunshine who brings out Willie’s sliver of humanity. (Via YouTube)
Kathy Bates plays Willie’s “super butch super bitch” mom, who turned him into the prick that he is today (she sounds like BoJack’s mother on BoJack Horseman), while Mad Men‘s Hendricks is “curvaceous and prim Diane, the charity director with a heart of gold and libido of steel.” She has some big when-the-car’s-a-rocking-don’t-come-a-knocking shoes to fill.
Bad Santa 2 comes out Nov. 23.