Holiday Film Spotlight: The Ref (1994)
Denis Leary has a reputation for having a filthy mouth. What a perfect actor to headline a Christmas movie! Actually, 1994′s ‘The Ref’ is just like the DVD cover art says: Hysterically funny. Add in some classic Kevin Spacey sarcasm & wit, we have a cult holiday hit!
When Gus (Leary) kidnaps a dysfunctional married couple (Kevin Spacey & Judy Davis) and hides out at their house, he gets far more than he bargained for as the sparring couple grate on his last nerves, amplifying an already hostile situation into an all-out war of words. When bickering family members arrive at the home for a holiday dinner, Gus has no choice but to keep his sanity by becoming “the ref” (referee) of the insulting onslaught of profanities and even blackmail.
Check out our ‘The Ref’ Sound Quote Collection page to remind yourself how sane your own family truly is, or maybe just the opposite. Besides, everybody needs a little Denis Leary around for the holidays. He is just so upbeat and friendly around the kids.