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With: Denis Leary, Judy Davis, Kevin Spacey, Robert J. Steinmiller Jr., Glynis Johns, Raymond J. Barry, Richard Bright, Christine Baranski, Adam LeFevre, Phillip Nicoll, Ellie Raab, Bill Raymond, John Scurti, Jim Turner, Ron Gabriel, Edward Saxon, Kenneth Utt, Robert Ridgely, J. K. Simmons, B. D. Wong
Written by: Richard LaGravenese, Marie Weiss
Directed by: Ted Demme
MPAA Rating: R for language
Running Time: 97
Date: 03/09/1994
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The Ref (1994)

3 Stars (out of 4)

Fifth Ring of Hell

By Jeffrey M. Anderson

One of the earliest and most acid of Christmas black comedies, The Ref (1994) centers on jewel thief, Gus (Denis Leary), who, on Christmas Eve after a bungled robbery, has the misfortune to run into feuding couple Lloyd (Kevin Spacey) and Caroline Chasseur (Judy Davis). Holding them at gunpoint, Gus forces them to pretend he's a holiday guest to evade the cops. But their insane bickering, even in the face of mortal danger, as well as other bizarre events, adds a whole new level to Gus's simple crime wave. B.D. Wong co-stars as the ineffectual marriage counselor, with J.K. Simmons as a commander from the couple's son's military school. Ted Demme directs, and Marie Weiss and Richard LaGravenese co-wrote the screenplay.

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