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7.6 Gagging Grandma: Christmas with the Chasseurs in “The Ref”

Take one demented couple who have accrued thousands of hours in therapy.  Add one cat burglar (in the person of Denis Leary), a blackmailing son, multiple dysfunctional family visitors, a hostage situation, and a little dash of Christmas Eve and you have the hilarity that is The Ref.

Featuring two of my favorite actors, the brilliant Judy Davis and Kevin Spacey, this witty gem directed by the late great Ted Demme has many classic moments.  But undoubtedly one of my favorites features the character Rose (the bitingly acerbic matriarch of the family), berating Gus (the burglar, played by Denis Leary) for his incompetence as a man and a criminal.

The hilarious part for me is that this speech from Grandma isn’t so far off what some of my friends (or their mothers) might say in the same situation.  

(My friends are awesome.)


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