The Ref (1994)

Caroline and Lloyd are a married couple constantly at each other's throats, masters at crafting acid-tongued barbs at the other's expense. Indeed, they are so obsessed with belittling each other that they never stop -- not even at gunpoint. The gunman is Gus, a thief on the run from the police, who kidnaps the couple as an insurance policy, planning to use their home as a hideout. But their incessant bickering proves more than Gus bargained for, forcing him -- for the sake of his own sanity -- into the unenviable role of peacemaker. To make things even worse for Gus, he discovers that he has taken the couple hostage the night of their big Christmas party, and the guests are already on the way. Not wanting to leave Lloyd and Caroline unattended, Gus opts to attend the party, pretending to be the couple's marriage counselor. This naturally leads to a series of comic confusions, as the hostage crisis and marital tensions head towards their inevitable conclusion.

Directing:
  • Ted Demme

Writing:
  • Richard LaGravenese
  • Marie Weiss

Stars:
Release Date: 1994-03-09
themoviedb icon 6.7/10
  • Country: US
  • Language: English
  • Runtime: 97
  • Budget: $11,000,000
  • Revenue: $11,439,193
J.K. Simmons
J.K. Simmons
Siskel
Kevin Spacey
Kevin Spacey
Lloyd Chasseur
Christine Baranski
Christine Bar...
Connie Chasseur
Denis Leary
Denis Leary
Gus
Judy Davis
Judy Davis
Caroline Chasseur
Glynis Johns
Glynis Johns
Rose Chasseur
Raymond J. Barry
Raymond J. Ba...
Lt. Huff
Richard Bright
Richard Brigh...
Murray
Adam LeFevre
Adam LeFevre
Gary Chasseur
BD Wong
BD Wong
Dr. Wong, Marriage Counselor
John Scurti
John Scurti
Lt. Steve Milford
Bill Raymond
Bill Raymond
George
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