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26th Apr '17 10:37:45 PM Miracle@StOlaf
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* SnarkToSnarkCombat: If the Chasseur family's bickering were any more caustic, it could dissolve silverware. This movie has some of the most magnificently vicious snarking ever committed to film.
24th Feb '17 4:36:56 PM Fiendish
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* MamaBear: Connie. Her first hint of open defiance towards "Mother Rose" (whom she's been sucking up to the entire movie) occurs in response to a jab at her son's weight. Not that it stops her kids from gagging her with duct tape later.
14th Feb '17 9:16:21 PM NWolfman
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* {{Jerkass}}: Lloyd's mother. There really are no words to describe how rude, arrogant, and self-centered this bitch is.

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* {{Jerkass}}: Lloyd's mother. There really are no words to describe how rude, arrogant, and self-centered this bitch is.While everyone else is varying degrees of flawed, she's the one one who's a complete, unapologetic bitch.
2nd Jan '17 9:22:21 AM TheWanderer
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Leary plays Gus, a cat burglar who breaks into the house of a millionaire in the hopes of pulling off a job that will let him retire, but he gets tripped up by an... ''eccentric'' trap and suddenly has to hide out from the bungling local cops until his partner Murray can secure a way to escape after the entire area is put on alert. To avoid the police patrolling the streets, Gus takes Lloyd and Caroline Chasseur (a highly dysfunctional middle class suburban couple) hostage so he can hide out in their home until the escape is ready. There's just two problems; 1) Lloyd and Caroline are so dysfunctional and angry with each other that they would rather fight than pay any attention to Gus, and 2) it's Christmas Eve and everyone from Lloyd and Caroline's bright delinquent son Jesse (Robert J. Steinmiller Jr.) to their whole extended family is coming over for dinner. (And since this is 1994 and cell phones are ''very'' far from common, there's no way to call the Christmas dinner off.)

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Leary plays Gus, a cat burglar who breaks into the house of a millionaire in the hopes of pulling off a job that will let him retire, but he gets tripped up by an... ''eccentric'' trap and suddenly has to hide out from the bungling local cops until his partner Murray can secure a way to escape after the entire area is put on alert. To avoid the police patrolling the streets, Gus takes Lloyd and Caroline Chasseur (a highly dysfunctional middle class suburban couple) hostage so he can hide out in their home until the escape is ready. There's There are just two problems; 1) Lloyd and Caroline are so dysfunctional and angry with each other that they would rather fight than pay any attention to Gus, and 2) it's Christmas Eve and everyone from Lloyd and Caroline's bright delinquent son Jesse (Robert J. Steinmiller Jr.) to their whole extended family is coming over for dinner. (And since this is 1994 and cell phones are ''very'' far from common, there's no way to call the Christmas dinner off.)



* FiveFiveFive: The number to Lloyd's house, as reported by Gus.
** Also, Winslow Harbors.

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* FiveFiveFive: The number to Lloyd's house, as reported by Gus.
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Gus. Also, Winslow Harbors.



* BlackSheep: Lloyd and Caroline's son, Jesse.

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* BlackSheep: Lloyd and Caroline's son, Jesse.son Jesse is the family's black sheep.



-->'''Mary:''' Maybe they'll catch him and let him go in the spirit of Christmas.
-->'''Connie:''' That is not the spirit of Christmas. The spirit of Christmas is either you're good or you're punished and you burn in hell.
* TheDogBitesBack: Lloyd and Caroline are anything but meek hostages towards Gus. This can also apply to when Lloyd's family turns on his mother at the end, [[spoiler: Lloyd's sister-in-law even going so far as to give Gus permission to shoot her.]]

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-->'''Mary:''' --->'''Mary:''' Maybe they'll catch him and let him go in the spirit of Christmas.
-->'''Connie:''' --->'''Connie:''' That is not the spirit of Christmas. The spirit of Christmas is either you're good or you're punished and you burn in hell.
* TheDogBitesBack: TheDogBitesBack:
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Lloyd and Caroline are anything but meek hostages towards Gus. This can also apply to when Lloyd's family turns on his mother at the end, [[spoiler: Lloyd's sister-in-law even going so far as to give Gus permission to shoot her.]]



* DysfunctionJunction: ... oooooh boy.

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* DysfunctionJunction: ... oooooh boy. There is a ''lot'' of this going on with the Chasseur family.



* EvilDebtCollector: Caroline regards Lloyd's mother as this due to the fact that they're living in ''her'' house ''and'' paying her rent. When Lloyd gives her the next payment, she even remarks "we'll have to see what happens with interest rates in the new year."
** Even Gus calls her out on this, specifically noting that he knows {{Loan Shark}}s more forgiving than her. It's worth noting that she is apparently charging Lloyd ''18% interest'' on the loan she made him.
* EvilMatriarch: Lloyd's mother.

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* EvilDebtCollector: Caroline regards Lloyd's mother as this due to the fact that they're living in ''her'' house ''and'' paying her rent. When Lloyd gives her the next payment, she even remarks "we'll have to see what happens with interest rates in the new year."
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" Even Gus calls her out on this, specifically noting saying that he knows {{Loan Shark}}s more forgiving and generous than her. It's worth noting that she is apparently charging Lloyd ''18% interest'' on the loan she made him.
* EvilMatriarch: Lloyd's mother.mother is the head of the Chasseur family, and seems to almost take pleasure in being awful to the rest of her family.



* HotBlooded: When he can keep his head, Gus is a fairly intelligent DeadpanSnarker. Most of the time, he's lashing out at anything nearby and only causing more destruction in doing so.

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* HotBlooded: When he can keep his head, Gus is a fairly intelligent DeadpanSnarker. Most Unfortunately for Gus, most of the time, he's time his temper is getting the better of him, and he responds by lashing out at anything nearby and only causing causes more destruction chaos in doing so.



* [[BadCopIncompetentCop Incompetent Cop, Even More Incompetent Cop]]: The entire local police force is like this, except DaChief. Most notably when they accidentally record over the footage from the house security camera with a part of ''Film/ItsAWonderfulLife''.
* ItsAllMyFault: Lloyd's climactic speech at the Christmas tree, where he calls Caroline out for being just as much to blame for the state of their marriage as he is due to her indecisiveness, her desire to live beyond her means, and forcing him to make all the tough decisions in their lives:

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* [[BadCopIncompetentCop Incompetent Cop, Even More Incompetent Cop]]: The entire local police force is like this, except DaChief. Most notably The most notable example of their stupidity comes when they accidentally record over the footage from the house security camera with a part of ''Film/ItsAWonderfulLife''.
* ItsAllMyFault: Lloyd's Lloyd says this sarcastically during his climactic speech at the Christmas tree, where when he calls Caroline out for being just as much to blame for the state of their marriage as he is due to her indecisiveness, her desire to live beyond her means, and forcing him to make all the tough decisions in their lives:



* MommasBoy: Lloyd, big time.

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* MommasBoy: Lloyd, big time. It's implied that he has spent his whole life being abused and broken down by his mother, but he continues to be a dutiful son and try to stay in her good graces/win her affection... until the end of the film when he finally snaps at her.



* OnlySaneMan: Gus and the local police chief.
** One could also argue that Jesse, (Lloyd and Caroline's son) mostly falls under this category, although it's somewhat undermined by his need to act out via petty acts of delinquency and rebellion, regardless of how dumb and needless said acts of delinquency might be.

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* OnlySaneMan: Gus and the local police chief.
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chief. One could also argue that Jesse, (Lloyd and Caroline's son) mostly falls under this category, although it's somewhat undermined by his need to act out via petty acts of delinquency and rebellion, regardless of how dumb and needless said acts of delinquency might be.



* TheReasonYouSuckSpeech: Gus tosses these around like candy, mostly about how everyone takes what they have for granted. Also, when Jesse asks to become Gus' apprentice, Gus not only tells Jesse why Jesse sucks, but also explains why Gus himself sucks.

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* TheReasonYouSuckSpeech: Gus tosses these around like candy, mostly about how although almost everyone takes what they have for granted.gets in one the act at some point. Also, when Jesse asks to become Gus' apprentice, Gus not only tells Jesse why Jesse sucks, but also explains why Gus himself sucks.



** Everybody towards everybody.



* YouNeedToGetLaid: At the very beginning of the movie Caroline voices this opinion of Lloyd's mother. In a therapy session of theirs when Lloyd mentions that their son Jesse started an escort service in 9th grade by passing around Lloyd's mother's phone number, Caroline snaps back "And I still say getting laid by an 18 year old linebacker is ''just what she needs!''"

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* YouNeedToGetLaid: YouNeedToGetLaid:
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At the very beginning of the movie Caroline voices this opinion of Lloyd's mother. In a therapy session of theirs when Lloyd mentions that their son Jesse started an escort service in 9th grade by passing around Lloyd's mother's phone number, Caroline snaps back "And I still say getting laid by an 18 year old linebacker is ''just what she needs!''"



** Caroline hits Lloyd with a devastating one, regarding ''his mother:'' "Why don't you just sleep with her and get it over with?" Even ''Gus'' is stunned by ''that'' one.

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** Caroline hits Lloyd with a devastating one, regarding ''his mother:'' "Why "[[MamasBoy Why don't you just sleep with her and get it over with?" with]]?" Even ''Gus'' is stunned by and has nothing to say in response to ''that'' one.
1st Jan '17 4:44:39 PM kensu
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* RecklessGunUsage: In the scene where Gus holds a gun to Rose's head and threatens to fire ([[CrowningMomentOfFunny "Go ahead, shoot her." ]]). Due to their positioning, if Gus fired he would either end up shooting himself or giving his eyes and face a serious powder burn.
23rd Dec '16 3:30:42 AM jormis29
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* TakeThat: There's a character named Siskel, and he's played by J.K. Simmons. The resemblance to film critic Gene Siskel is not a coincidence. (Gene Siskel gave "The Fisher King," another movie by the same screenwriter, a negative review.)

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* TakeThat: There's a character named Siskel, and he's played by J.K. Simmons. The resemblance to film critic Gene Siskel Creator/GeneSiskel is not a coincidence. (Gene Siskel gave "The Fisher King," ''Film/TheFisherKing'', another movie by the same screenwriter, a negative review.)
22nd Dec '16 4:22:01 PM jeffreyloonychen
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* JerkAss: Lloyd's mother. There really are no words to describe how rude, arrogant, and self-centered this bitch is.

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* JerkAss: {{Jerkass}}: Lloyd's mother. There really are no words to describe how rude, arrogant, and self-centered this bitch is.


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* TookALevelInKindness: The Chasseurs became less of a bickering {{Jerkass}} DysfunctionalFamily and more of a JerkWithAHeartOfGold family once Gus enters their lives.
17th Dec '16 1:02:24 AM AnnoNimus
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* PunctuatedForEmphasis: When Gus forces Caroline and Lloyd to admit that they lie to each other.
-->You saw the stop sign, didn't you Lloyd? You. Saw. The. Stop. Sign. Didn't you? Yes! So you too, are a liar. Capital L. Small i. Small a. Small r. ''Period''.
19th Oct '16 2:01:12 PM Mdumas43073
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''The Ref'' (''Hostile Hostages'' in some countries) is a 1994 black comedy film directed by Ted Demme and starring Creator/DenisLeary, Judy Davis and Creator/KevinSpacey.

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''The Ref'' (''Hostile Hostages'' in some countries) is a 1994 black comedy BlackComedy film directed by Ted Demme and starring Creator/DenisLeary, Judy Davis Davis, and Creator/KevinSpacey.
23rd Jan '16 9:27:00 AM Bissek
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* LethalChef: Apparently Caroline. The rest of the family stops to eat dinner before getting to her house so they won't have to eat any more of her cooking than they have to.

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* LethalChef: Apparently Caroline. The rest of the family stops to eat dinner before getting to her house so they won't have to eat any more of her cooking than they have to. Part of the problem is that she appears to specialize in Scandinavian ForeignQueasine.
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