Friday, November 12, 2010
The Ref. C
The Ref looses because of wasted opportunities. Just take the extended family that comes to the house for Christmas (hopefully you know the story, the gist of which concerns a thief who holds a bickering couple hostage in their own home) and see how the rest of it plays out. This could have been a gold-mine moment for awkward, hilarious comedy, but instead we just get the family and their stentorian feuding. The point is that these people are supposed to drive the bad guy nuts, but that's not nearly as funny as what could have happened. I've been told that this movie is flat-out funny by some people who generally recognize a good comedy. Yet while it has some strong humor, it mostly makes you cringe over the all the scenes that aren't funny, and over the ones that simply miss some golden chances.