Richard and Priscilla Parker's lives take a turn for the better when Eddy and Kay move into the house next door. Eddy's a risk taker and shows his new neighbours how to enjoy life at the ... See full summary »
Alan J. Pakula
Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio,
A miserable conman and his partner pose as Santa and his Little Helper to rob department stores on Christmas Eve. But they run into problems when the conman befriends a troubled kid, and the security boss discovers the plot.
Billy Bob Thornton,
Denis Leary plays an unfortunate cat burglar, who is abandonded by his partner in the middle of a heist, and is forced to take an irritating Connecticut couple (Kevin Spacey, Judy Davis) hostage. He soon finds that he took more than he bargained for when the couple's blackmailing son and despicable in-laws step into the picture. Before long they're driving him nuts with their petty bickering and family problems. The only way for him to survive is to be their referee and resolve their differences, before he can be nabbed by the police. Written by
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When Gus is in the car with Lloyd and Caroline and Lloyd runs a stop sign, Caroline is clearly not wearing a seat belt as she looks behind the car. Once the three are facing forward again, the seat belt is magically across her chest. See more »
Judy Davis is one of the most effective and talented actresses around today. Her emotional range and realism is astonishing and compelling. I think her linking with Kevin Spacey in this movie was an inspired piece of casting that produced a riveting, engaging and downright funny piece of comedy drama, which I will always remember. I lamented in her early days that she did not always receive good parts, for example, in the dire right-wing political movie 'Who Dares Wins'. Nevertheless she dignified an abysmal script and mediocre fellow actors with a portrayal of a confused terrorist whom finally you care more about than the hero.
However, in this movie, she is the star - not because she is trying to shine, but because she is just so astoundingly effective as an actress. Her engaging mix of vulnerability and bitter disappointment forges a devastatingly simple key to keeping her in the center of focus, along with a Spacey complementary performance. 'The Ref' was one of the best comedy drama movies that I have ever seen - Judy Davis in top form. I watched it on video last night (as 'Hostile Hostages'). Thanks, Judy!
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