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The Ref

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Ted Demme

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About the Movie

MTV's Denis Leary stars in one of the year's most outrageous and highly acclaimed comedy hits. Leary plays an unfortunate cat burglar who becomes trapped in a fate worse than jail when he takes a bickering couple (Kevin Spacey, Judy Davis) and their annoying relatives hostage. Before long, they're driving him nuts, and the line between who is whose hostage begins to blur. His only hope for survival is to act as their referee and resolve their differences - or its going to mean instant insanity for everyone! Spend a hysterically funny evening with The Ref - you're sure to experience an irreverent and fun-filled time!

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 52
  • Fresh: 37
  • Rotten: 15
  • Average Rating: 6.4/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Fresh: Staying clear of any mean-spirited attitudes, The Ref is a film to warm the hearts and touch the nerves of dysfunctional families everywhere. – Caryn James, New York Times, Dec 6, 2013

Rotten: A foulmouthed sitcom of a film. – Owen Gleiberman, Entertainment Weekly, Dec 4, 2012

Fresh: Demme brings out the comic ease in Leary. – Peter Travers, Rolling Stone, Dec 6, 2013

Fresh: The Ref benefits from having actor's actors like Davis and Spacey in the leads. – Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times, Dec 6, 2013

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Customer Reviews

Hilarious Beginning to End.

This was an excellent movie and the only surprise for me is that it is only here for rent. If you like a comedy with classic Denis Leary style humor then you will love this movie. The acting is solid from Kevin Spacey and Judy Davis.

STOP making some movies "RENT ONLY" !

I love this movie ! I have been doing searches for it on here for the last year , and now you have it RENT ONLY ! I really HATE when you do this ! STOP DOING THIS ! I want to buy this movie NOT rent it ! This it my favorite movie , along with African Queen and I can't buy them ! I will NOT rent them !

Love this movie!

But I really wanted to buy it, not just rent. It's completely hilarious!

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  • $17.99
  • Genre: Comedy
  • Released: 1994

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