It's Christmas Eve and Gus, a cat burglar making the final heist of his career, trips the alarm system in a suburban home, forcing him to take the occupants hostage. Little does he know his Christmas is the one that's going to be ruined as he finds himself caught between a relentlessly bickering husband and wife and their fully dysfunctional family. As Gus soon discovers, there is no cure for rancor.
Gus is a pretty clever cat burglar, but he's having a really bad Christmas Eve. He just stole precious gems from a wealthy amusement park owner. But his plan to escape has gone awry. So he ducks into Lloyd and Caroline's house only to find himself caught in the middle of a marriage from hell. Lloyd and Caroline are possibly the most dysfunctional pair in the world. To make matters worse, the unhappy twosome are expecting their in-laws for dinner. Once the guests arrive, Gus -- who has already taken their son hostage -- makes Lloyd and Caroline agree to pretend he's their marriage counselor.
Co-produced by Simpson-Bruckheimer.
"...Hallelujah!..." - Recommended - 09/01/1994 Premiere, p.114
"...Gleeful irreverence, dark wit and cynicism....[Leary] is unexpectedly terrific....A grown-up film..." - 03/09/1994 New York Times, p.C15
"...The sharpest dialogue heard in a Hollywood flick since the heyday of Hecht and MacArthur....The performances are uniformly excellent..." -- Rating: A- - 08/05/1994 Entertainment Weekly, p.58
"...Enthusiastically mean-spirited....It has as much fun being malicious as Snow White did being squeaky clean..." - 03/09/1994 Los Angeles Times, p.F1
"...[Leary] creates an entertaining character. And Davis and Spacey, both naturally verbal, develop a manic counterpoint in their arguments that elevates them to a sort of art form..." - 03/11/1994 Chicago Sun-Times, p.37