The Money Pit

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Released 1986

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Director:
Richard Benjamin
Released:
1986
Rating:
PG
Adapting the themes of the 1948 film Mr. Blandings Builds his Dream House, this comedy stars Tom Hanks as Walter Fielding, who with his love Anna (Shelley Long) decides to buy a suburban New York home for next-to-nothing. Both Anna and Walter are willing to fix what ails the house and since they are both successful professionals, that should not be too difficult. Unfortunately, what ails the house might be terminal as the rest of the film chronicles the battle between the couple and the disintegrating structure. Construction workers come in to make matters either worse or better -- or both. ~ Eleanor Mannikka, Rovi

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  • 75

    The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

    Director Richard Benjamin has found a quintessential comic premise for young adults in the eighties: a couple purchases a house. The Money Pit is elaborately physical, but in the m...

  • 63

    Miami Herald Bill Cosford

    Its situation and its sight gags are marvelous, recalling the best of Spielberg's 1941. But like that movie, The Money Pit is disconnected; pieces seem missing, and subplots seem t...

  • 25

    Chicago Sun-Times Roger Ebert

    A movie that contains one funny scene and 91 minutes of running time to kill.

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Comedy

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Romantic Comedy