“Bad Santa 2” (Broad Green)
By Catholic News Service
As soul-deadening as its squalid urban setting, this follow-up to the 2003 original attempts to mine laughs out of human degradation. While planning a robbery at a corrupt Chicago charity, an alcoholic safe-cracker (Billy Bob Thornton) somehow manages to desecrate more Christmastime traditions than might seem possible.
Director Mark Waters’ film goes far beyond the tropes of dark comedy to give a sour portrayal of hell on earth. Some gun violence, strong sexual content, including aberrant acts, full nudity and low-minded banter, pervasive profane, rough and crude language.
The Catholic News Service classification is O — morally offensive. The Motion Picture Association of America rating is R — restricted. Under 17 requires accompanying parent or adult guardian.
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