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One Of The Good Ones
on 28 November 2014
"The Ref" is one of the humorous Christmas films. It us so far fetched, you will forget your troubles and woes, and fall right into step. Dennis Leary stars as Gus, a jewel thief who sets off an alarm in a private house and then in desperation kidnaps a married couple, Judy Davis as Caroline and Kevin Spacey as Lloyd. Gus knows not what he has done on this Christmas Eve.
Caroline and Lloyd, are the personification of dysfunction. They have been fighting for years, and their son, Jesse, so fraught with their home, goes to miliItary school, and then blackmails his teachers. Gus trying to find a way out if the mess he is in, tries to mediate the couples arguments, and when their family comes for Christmas Eve dinner, all is set in motion. This is in fact a funny film, that will have you laughing. The other actors are superb. The relatives who are all as crazy as this couple, the police department filled with goons, and the neighborhood Santa Claus who drinks too much.msome thing for everyone, here.
Great writing and acting, a script that is full of life, and the director, Ted Demme, let's it all roll. One of the good ones at Christmas.
Recommended. prisrob 11-28-14