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An average movie

10 years, 10 months ago at Jan 19 15:03
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Even though it is not really a famous movie, I kept hearing some pretty good things about this flick so I was quite eager to check it out. In fact, I do know a few listal members who would tell you that this movie is a real masterpiece so I had some rather high expectations. Eventually, I can't say that it was really amazing after all. I mean, sure, it was not bad at all and there were some scenes... read more

A tremendously funny black comedy

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"Do you know what this family needs? A mute."The Ref was released by Buena Vista, but it's not exactly the type of Christmastime entertainment that one would expect from Disney. By no means family-friendly, The Ref is a dark, mean-spirited, cynical and viciously funny black comedy that doesn't aspire to make you feel warm and fuzzy inside. It's hardly surprising, then, that the distributors were n... read more
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Description: 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 and 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 an irreverent an ... (more)
Release date: 11 March 1994
UPC: 786936208887
Tags: Christmas (8), Comedy (7), Crime (5), 1994 (4), Robbery (4), Drama (4), Hostage (3), 1990s (3), Parenting (2), Black Comedy (2), Dysfunctional Family (2), Denis Leary (1), Kidnapping (1), Suburbia (1), Ransom (1), Connecticut (1), Hostages (1), Torrent (1), Dysfunctional Families (1)
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"Re-watch - Dec. 25th I had some alone time on Xmas morning, so I decided to watch The Ref which has been a holiday favorite of mine for many years now. I've probably put it in enough lists that I shouldn't need to comment on its genius or why I love it, but those reasons never change no matter how many times I watch it. Also amusing...the last time I watched this in December was also the last time I watched Scrooged & Gremlins in the same month. "


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"When: December 15th First-Time Viewing: No. How: DVD from my collection. What'd I Think?: A dark, and clever holiday satirical comedy. My Rating: 9/10 Other Notes: NA."


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