Year of Release: 1994
Director: Ted Demme
Approx. Running Time: 93 minutes
My Rating: 4 stars (Out of 5)
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From Back Cover:
"LOSE-YOUR-BREATH, HURT-YOUR-SIDES FUNNY!"
-Good Morning America
MTV's Denis Leary stars in one of the year's most outrageous and highly acclaimed comedy hits. Leary plays an unfortunate cat burglar who becomes trapped in a fate worse than jail when he takes a bickering couple (Kevin Spacey - American Beauty, Judy Davis - Judy Garland) and their annoying relatives hostage. Before long, they're driving him nuts, and the line between who is whose hostage begins to blur. His only hope for survival is to act as their referee and resolve their differences - or it's going to mean instant insanity for everyone! Spend a hysterically funny evening with The Ref - you're sure to experience and irreverent and fun-filled time!
"KEEPS THE LAUGHS COMING!"
Here's something you don't see that often: Kevin Spacey doing comedy. But his comic timing is flawless in this, the earliest role of his that I have seen and he and comedic veteran Denis Leary play off each other splendidly.
Though not apparent from the cover or description, this is essentially a holiday film (and takes place on Christmas Eve) and while there is a slight touch of the sentimental near the end, the bulk of the film will keep you laughing with its sarcastic irreverent humor. Highly recommended.
Rated R (MPAA)
1994 (Year of Release)