- 1 hr 33 min
“The Ref” is a dark comedy that starred Dennis Leary, Kevin Spacey and Judy Davis. The film begins on Christmas Eve and the Chasseurs are in marital counseling. The couple is having a lot of trouble with their son, Jesse. Plus Caroline has admitted to having an affair. Denis Leary stars as Gus who is a small time criminal. He is introduced to the film during a robbery. He sets off an alarm and is abandoned by his partner. Fleeing for his freedom, Gus runs across Caroline at the grocery store. Out of desperation, he takes Caroline and Lloyd hostage and demands that they drive him back to their home. During the drive Caroline and Lloyd continue to argue. Gus tries to mediate their argument and because frustrated with their bickering. Once the group gets back to their house, they continue to bicker. Gus ties Jesse up and takes him to the attic. They are unable to avoid the rest of the Chasseur family when they arrive to celebrate Christmas. The visitors include Lloyd’s brother and sister in law and their children as well as Lloyd’s mother, Rose. Gus has to pose as the Chasseur's marriage counselor to avoid blowing his cover. While Lloyd and Caroline continue to argue, the rest of the family realizes that they have issues with each other to. The family gets another visitor. This time the knock at the door was from Jesse’s military school officer. He tells the family that Jesse has been blackmailing him. Jesse escapes from his trap and the entire group faces off. After assaulting a neighbor, Gus is tracked by the police and a standoff ensues. Lloyd and Caroline have learned a lot about each other during the endeavor and they have Gus to thank. But will they help Gus get away from the law safely? The film also stars Christine Baranski, Richard Bright, Robert Steinmuller Jr., Glynis Johns and B.D. Wong.