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The Ref
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DVD Features:

  • Rated: R
  • Run Time: 1 hours, 33 minutes
  • Video: Color
  • Released: March 4, 2003
  • Originally Released: 1994
  • Label: Walt Disney Video
  • Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
  • Packaging: Keep Case
  • Interactive Features:
    • Scene Access
    • Interactive Menus

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Entertainment Reviews:

Certified Fresh72%

Total Count: 54


User Ratings: 26,986
This is a funny idea, but the movie is too thinly written to build any real credibility, and the cast rarely seems in tune with the vapid vulgarities that dominate the dialogue. Full Review
Christian Science Monitor
Dec 6, 2013
...Enthusiastically mean-spirited....It has as much fun being malicious as Snow White did being squeaky clean...
Los Angeles Times
Mar 9, 1994
Rating: C- -- A foulmouthed sitcom of a film. Full Review
Entertainment Weekly
Sep 7, 2011
Rating: 3/4 -- It's miraculous casting, and the Australian Davis -- for my money the finest actress around, bar none -- is simply uncanny in her command of East Coast gentility combined with razor-sharp timing and comedic expression. Full Review
Seattle Times
Dec 6, 2013
Rating: 2/4 -- It's not a bad idea, but it's not a good movie, either. Full Review
Chicago Tribune
Dec 6, 2013
Rating: 4/5 -- A film so bleak even Krampus had to watch "Elf" immediately afterwards to regain his Christmas spirit. Rude, loud, funny and (apart from the home invasion by a gun-toting jewellery thief bit), pretty realistic about families and the festive season. Full Review
Caution Spoilers
Dec 4, 2018
...Gleeful irreverence, dark wit and cynicism....[Leary] is unexpectedly terrific....A grown-up film...
New York Times
Mar 9, 1994

Product Description:

It's Christmas Eve and Gus, a cat burglar making the final heist of his career, trips the alarm system in a suburban home, forcing him to take the occupants hostage. Little does he know his Christmas is the one that's going to be ruined as he finds himself caught between a relentlessly bickering husband and wife and their fully dysfunctional family. As Gus soon discovers, there is no cure for rancor.

Description by Buena Vista Home Entertainment.:

The Ref
Denis Leary plays an unfortunate cat burglar, who is abandonded by his partner in the middle of a heist and is forced to take an irritating Connecticut couple (Kevin Spacey and Judy Davis) hostage. He soon finds that he got more than he bargained for when the couple's blackmailing son and despicable in-laws step into the picture. Before long they're driving him nuts with their petty bickering and family problems. The only way for him to survive is to be their referee and resolve their differences before he can be nabbed by the police.

Plot Synopsis:

Gus is a pretty clever cat burglar, but he's having a really bad Christmas Eve. He just stole precious gems from a wealthy amusement park owner. But his plan to escape has gone awry. So he ducks into Lloyd and Caroline's house only to find himself caught in the middle of a marriage from hell. Lloyd and Caroline are possibly the most dysfunctional pair in the world. To make matters worse, the unhappy twosome are expecting their in-laws for dinner. Once the guests arrive, Gus -- who has already taken their son hostage -- makes Lloyd and Caroline agree to pretend he's their marriage counselor.


Production Notes:

  • Co-produced by Simpson-Bruckheimer.
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  • UPC: 786936208887
  • Shipping Weight: 0.25/lbs (approx)
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