Every year I recommend that people forget the standard Christmas films and check out instead the 1994 film The Ref. With great performances by Denis Leary, Kevin Spacey, and particularly Judy Davis, it is a hilarious story of a burglar on the run from the law who takes a seriously dysfunctional family hostage on Christmas eve and then has to keep them from fighting with each other while trying to make his escape. I discovered that the full film is available in one stream on YouTube in good quality.
During the opening credits, it looks like your standard Christmas schmaltz but veers off into comedy territory as soon as they are over. The op
Leary was on The Daily Show promoting his latest book. I tend not to enjoy so much Jon Stewart’s interviews of TV and film celebrities but his interviews with Leary, clearly an old friend of his, are pretty funny.
(This clip appeared on December 3, 2012. To get suggestions on how to view clips of The Daily Show and The Colbert Report outside the US, please see this earlier post.)