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Bad Santa 2 [2016] [R] - 8.5.10

 
 

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Unlike the MPAA we do not assign one inscrutable rating based on age, but 3 objective ratings for SEX/NUDITY, VIOLENCE/GORE and PROFANITY on a scale of 0 to 10, from lowest to highest, depending on quantity and context.

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Sequel to the 2003 film: Still on a perpetual bender, the foul-mouthed, sex-obsessed, Santa suit-wearing delinquent (Billy Bob Thornton) is persuaded to join his sidekick (Tony Cox) who has just been released from jail. Together they plan a sure-thing job that also brings him back in contact with his estranged mother (Kathy Bates). Also with Christina Hendricks, Brett Kelly and Ryan Hansen. Directed by Mark Waters. [1:32]

SEX/NUDITY 8 - A man dressed as Santa has sex with a married woman in a Christmas tree lot as children listen and watch: the man thrusts violently and the woman calls him Santa, along with crude sexual terms. A man dressed as Santa and a married woman have sex in an alley: we see him thrusting from behind (her skirt is lifted to show her stocking covered thighs) as she moans and he tells her to call him Santa (she does not). A man and a woman have sex in a bar bathroom and he thrusts as she sits on the sink: she moans and he thrusts from behind (implied to be anal sex).
 A woman manually stimulates a man in a hospital bed and we see rhythmic movement under a sheet as the man moans. A woman manually stimulates a man while standing behind him (we see rhythmic movement and slapping sounds). A man manually stimulates himself while another man watches (we do not see any nudity, but we see rhythmic movement of the man's back).
 A young man takes off his pants to put on a Santa suit (we see his bare buttocks and thighs). A woman is shown breastfeeding an infant and we see her bare breast (no nipple is shown) as a man in a car stares (please see the Violence/Gore category for more details). Women wear low-cut tops that reveal cleavage in several scenes. A woman sits on a toilet with her panties around her knees (we see her bare knees and lower legs); two men walk into the apartment and see her with the door open.
 A woman that we understand is a prostitute adjusts her breasts in her top (we see cleavage) and lies on a bed in a hotel room before inviting a young man to join her; the man runs out of the room screaming (another man has hired the woman to have sex with the younger man for the first time). A husband kisses his wife on the cheek. A man hugs another man in greeting. A man smacks a woman on the clothed buttock. A woman steals a vibrator (which we see and we hear it buzz) and she throws it in the lap of her adult son who yells at her.
 A man asks a woman for sex and she becomes angry and tells him to get out of her car. A married man asks a woman for sex and they negotiate what the sex will entail. A man stands behind another man (he's short in stature) and it is implied that he has an erection as the smaller man's hood lifts up behind his head. A man and a woman flirt and the woman describes the kind of man she likes.
 We see several photographs of a man's scrotum on and around another man's face. We see a photograph of a man with a woman's spike heel in his mouth (implied to be sexual in nature).
 A man in a holding cell threatens another man dressed as Santa with rape and the man dressed as Santa makes a crude sexual remark to the other man. A man describes in detailed euphemisms what will happen during sex to a younger man. A man asks a younger man, "Did you turn funny?" when the young man asks about losing his virginity. A man describes what he thinks a woman's genitals look like. A woman tells her adult son, "I never would have gotten pregnant with you." A woman talks about sending her young son out of the apartment while she was "turning a trick." A woman tells a man why she gave her son a nickname using crude sexual references. A woman tells her adult son, "I was not ready to be a mother at 13." A man talks about the meaning of Christmas and makes reference to an "ejaculate conception." A woman talks about not having had sex with her husband in a decade. A man tells a young man, "Don't let anyone muscle up on you."
 A man walks behind a woman and the camera focuses on her clothed buttocks as she walks. A man stands outside a spin class and ogles women's buttocks as they bike (the women are all wearing tight-fitting sport pants).

VIOLENCE/GORE 5 - A woman dressed as Santa shoots a man and he falls over; she then drives over him with a van and we see the body thump under the wheels (we see a bloody bullet wound and the man is shown in cast in the hospital later). A woman dressed as Santa shoots a man dressed as Santa and we see a smear of blood on ice as he is dragged along. A woman dressed as Santa shoots a young man dressed as Santa in the buttock (we see a spot of blood).
 A man turns on his oven and puts his head inside to commit suicide (it is electric), then wraps a toaster chord around his neck and attaches it to a ceiling light fixture to hang himself (we see him dangle for several minutes before the fixture pulls out of the ceiling and he lands on the floor unharmed). A man jumps on another man's back and holds him around the throat, the other man spins around and the man hanging on to him kicks a woman in the head and she falls onto a sofa (we see her OK later); the two men fall onto a tale and it shatters. A man dressed as Santa hits another man dressed as Santa with a donation bucket, then beats him repeatedly while on the ground using a statue until police pull him away.
 A woman answers her front door with a gun in her hand. A man slaps a woman hard across the face. A woman slaps a man hard in the face while they are having sex (please see the Sex/Nudity category for more details). A man working as a valet stares at a woman breastfeeding her infant and crashes into the valet stand knocking a man to the ground; several valets yell at the man and he walks away. A woman trips three children and they fall to the floor unharmed.
 A woman gives a man a gun and tells him to protect himself. A man steals something from a store and an employee chases him out of the store as the man drives away in a car.
 Two men argue and talk about a robbery. A man writes a note that reads, "Donate my organs to science," followed by a reference to his genitalia. A woman says that she has Parkinson's. A man remarks about another person, "The abortion didn't take." A woman says that she didn't know that she had given birth to her son until she tripped over him. A man yells at a younger man over the phone. A man yells at his mother when she plays with his cheeks. A young man talks about his mother being in heaven. A man says, "I hate your guts."
 A woman has tattoos of snakes on her arms and chest and one of a heart with a dagger through it. A young man talks about a stuffed elephant that was a gift from a man and we see it with a blood spot on its fur. We see many men dressed as Santa in a dormitory and many of them seem inebriated or under the influence of something. Many people dressed as Santa are seen dancing at a large party.
 A man vomits against a wall in an alley (we see goo and hear him retch). A man vomits into a donation bucket (we hear gagging and do not see goo). A man urinates on a pile of papers and a photograph on the floor of an apartment (we see the stream and a puddle of urine). A woman coughs violently in many scenes throughout the movie. A man climbs inside a garbage chute and food fragments fall on him along with a bag of something that he struggles to get off him. A woman eats lobster in a restaurant and drops some on her cleavage. A boy urinates on the lap of a man dressed as Santa (we see a puddle on the floor). A young man sleeps on a bench in a laundromat and we see him drooling.

PROFANITY 10 - About 180 F-words and its derivatives, 1 obscene hand gesture, 25 sexual references, 69 scatological terms, 52 anatomical terms, 19 mild obscenities, 1 derogatory term for African-Americans, 2 derogatory terms for a person of short stature, name-calling (crazy, ugly, genetic defect, jack off, moron, jackals, racist, creepy, deviant, drunken, moron, sick, poison, dumb, albino scarecrow, cheap, muskrat, fat, game show host, pervert, deaf, miserable, buggers, sparky, nut, weak), exclamations (shut-up, oh my gosh), 28 religious profanities (GD), 13 religious exclamations (e.g. God, Oh Christ, Jesus, Oh God, Holy [scatological term deleted], Hallelujah, Sweet Jesus). [profanity glossary]

SUBSTANCE USE - A man working as a valet pulls a small bottle of alcohol out of a car that he just returned (we do not see him drink), a man drinks from a flask in a few scenes, many empty bottles of alcohol are seen in a man's apartment, a woman tells a man that they do not allow drinking or drugs, several people are seen drinking alcohol in a few bar scenes, a man and a woman drink champagne at a restaurant, a woman talks about being an alcoholic in a support meeting, a woman drinks a beer while sitting on a toilet, a man and a woman drink from a bottle of alcohol, people in a bar drink alcohol and one man (dressed as Santa) collapses onto the bar, a woman brings an alcoholic beverage to a man dressed as Santa, and a woman offers bottles of beer to two men. A man smokes a cigarette on a street, a man smokes a cigarette in a bar, a man smokes in a few apartment scenes, and a man smokes a cigarette in a holding cell.

DISCUSSION TOPICS - Santa Claus, alcoholism, parenting, robbery, greed, casual sex, murder, infidelity, suicide, peace corps, fetal alcohol syndrome.

MESSAGE - Even wretched lives can be redeemed -- sort of.

Special Keywords: S8 - V5 - P10 - MPAAR

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