The Ref R

The Ref
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Format:  DVD
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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
A genuinely hysterical anti-holiday comedy. Full Review
Cinema Crazed
Dec 29, 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
...The sharpest dialogue heard in a Hollywood flick since the heyday of Hecht and MacArthur....The performances are uniformly excellent... -- Rating: A-
Entertainment Weekly
Aug 5, 1994
...Hallelujah!... - Recommended
Sep 1, 1994
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
The Ref benefits from having actor's actors like Davis and Spacey in the leads. Full Review
Los Angeles Times
Dec 6, 2013
Rating: C+ -- If you are in the mood for something different at Christmas than The Ref might be a fun choice for you. Full Review
Mar 20, 2019

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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  • Sales Rank: 20,648
  • UPC: 786936208887
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