Box o’ Random: The Ref (1994)

Rating: 7.5/10

Lloyd (Kevin Spacey) and Caroline (Judy Davis) are a dysfunctional married couple who are kidnapped coming home from a couples therapy session by Gus (Denis Leary) who’s on the run from the police. It quickly involves more people from Lloyd’s and Caroline’s family into a romp through just how messed up one family can be.

This movie stands out as one that is both original and hilarious, but seems to have been released and then immediately faded from the minds of the public. It’s too bad as this feels like it could have been something of a staple for the R-rated Christmas movie, something there should definitely be a few more of.

There isn’t a whole lot to complain about, I mean, this movie isn’t perfect by any means. But I can’t find a lot of fault in it. The story is paced fine and moves well, the acting isn’t anything to turn your head but it’s nothing to scoff at either. The only thing I can really say that’s negative is that some of the jokes didn’t fly, or felt they were better on paper, but it ends up being a truly hilarious movie.

Random Thoughts: I knew if I kept watching movies randomly I’d eventually get to a good one. Too bad it has Kevin Spacey in it…


+7.5: Pretty darn good all around

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