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The Ref

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6.9/10
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Comedy Crime 
Rated: 18+ (R)19941h 37mOn: Hoopla Tags: Dark Comedy Escape Police Country: America

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.The Ref featuring Denis Leary and Judy Davis is streaming with subscription on Hoopla, available for rent or purchase on iTunes, available for rent or purchase on Google Play, and 4 others. It's a comedy and crime movie with a better than average IMDb audience rating of 6.9 (22,963 votes) and was well received by critics.

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Available to stream on a subscription service (Hoopla).

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Available to rent or buy from $2.99 on 6 services (iTunes, Google Play, Prime Video & 3 others).

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#5,674 Ranked Movie

#11 Ranked in Heroism Movies

#645 Ranked in Movies on Hoopla

#1194 Ranked in Crime Movies

The Ref has a better than average IMDb audience rating of 6.9 (22,963 votes) and was well received by critics. The movie is somewhat popular with Reelgood users lately.

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