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The Ref 1994

  • Ted Demme
  • March 9, 1994
  • 97 mins
  • English
  • Comedy
They might be his hostages but what they're doing to this guy is criminal.
A cat burglar is forced to take a bickering, dysfunctional family hostage on Christmas Eve.


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The film is a lot of fun, if somewhat cheesy (it is a Christmas film after all), but Judy Davis and Kevin Spacey are great as the bickering married couple held hostage by Leary's thief. Surprisingly, Leary's role is largely reactive to the one-liners and banter between the other characters and whilst the supporting characters start to overwhelm the film a little in the second half, there are still some great moments, including a nice turn from Glynis Johns as the overbearing matriarch of the family.

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It's not a bad idea, but it's not a good movie, either.

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