Billy Bob Thornton is back and badder than ever in Bad Santa 2. But he’s actually outdone in the bad behavior department by Kathy Bates, who steals the belated sequel to the 2003 cult hit as Sunny Soke, the epically awful mom of Thornton’s not-so-master thief, Willie T. Soke. Bates’s gung-ho comic performance in Bad Santa 2 shouldn’t be a surprise to anyone who has followed her eclectic career over the years. ...
As 'Bad Santa 2' manages to re-capture much of what worked for Billy Bob Thornton and Co. 13 years ago, we salute other films in the select circle of follow-ups that don't tarnish the laughs inspired the first time around
Raunchy, rude, and politically incorrect, 'Bad Santa 2' arrives in time for the holidays like an outcast uncle making an impromptu visit, with plenty to entertain (and offend) everyone
Raunchy trailer reveals much inappropriate behavior as Thornton’s thief Willie T. Stokes teams up with paroled former partner Marcus (Tony Cox) and his equally inappropriate mother Sunny (Kathy Bates) to rob a charity run by Diane (Christina Hendricks)
Willie T. Soke is back, and, as you can see in the first true trailer for Bad Santa 2 (a tease was released two weeks back), Billy Bob Thornton’s character is just the cranky, foul-mouthed horn-dog you remember. November’s sequel to the unlikely 2003 holiday favorite (well, unless you ask my horrified aunt and uncle) returns not only the Sling Blade Oscar winner, but also original costars Tony Cox (as his diminutive partner-in-crime, Marcus) and — thank the lord — Brett Kelly (as the now-21-year-old and still baby-faced Thurman Merman). Noticeably absent is Willie’s love interest Sue, played by Lauren Graham, and sadly fellow castmembers Bernie Mac and John Ritter have both since passed away.
Brief initial teaser indicates sequel will bring star's ne'er-do-well character back in fine, child-insulting form