Movie Article

The Ref

(1994)

Judy Davis, Kevin Spacey, ...
Image credit: The Ref: Everett Collection

''The Ref'' is one of the best anti-Christmas DVDs

WHO'S NAUGHTY AND NICE Denis Leary, Kevin Spacey, and Judy Davis

PREMISE After botching a heist on Christmas Eve, cat burglar Gus (Leary) takes hostage Lloyd and Caroline Chasseur (Spacey and Davis, at right), to avoid capture by the police. Gus is forced to act as a de facto marriage counselor to quiet down the squabbling couple, assuming the role for real when Lloyd's annoying relatives drop by for Christmas dinner.

BAH, HUMBUG! MOMENT When Lloyd's nephew complains that the television is broken and asks what he should do with himself, his acidic mother (Christine Baranski) retorts: "Celebrate the birth of Christ!"

MEMORABLE QUOTE ''You know what I'm going to get you next Christmas, Mom?'' Lloyd asks. ''A big wooden cross, so that every time you feel unappreciated for your sacrifices, you can climb on up and nail yourself to it!''

Originally posted Dec 17, 2004