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The Ref | 1994 | R | - 1.3.8

Odd-ball comedy about divorce with Denis Leary as a jewel thief who kidnaps a feuding couple and becomes an unlikely marriage counselor.

SEX/NUDITY 1 - A few sexual references but never the act itself.

VIOLENCE/GORE 3 - Leary takes some hostages, breaks into houses, is confronted by a big, drooling dog. There is nothing particularly violent and there is no gore. Leary does flash his gun around quite a bit and threatens to kill people, but it's always in a mocking tone.

LANGUAGE 8 - Every other word out of Leary's mouth is an F-word. Also scatological language and milder profanities.

DISCUSSION TOPICS - Divorce, marriage counseling, blackmail, dysfunctional families, a life of crime.

MESSAGE - If your marriage is on the rocks, don't waste your money on a marriage counselor -- befriend a thief instead.

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