The Money Pit – Film Reel Review

Hilarious slapstick comedy that had me laughing out loud the entire time. – Will 

A young couple buy a gorgeous home for an unbelievable price. As soon as they move in to begin fixing it up they realize they’ve been conned as the house starts falling apart around them. 

Directed by – Richard Benjamin 

Written by – David Giler 

Starring – Tom Hanks, Shelley Long, Alexander Godunov, Maureen Stapleton, Joe Mantegna, Philip Bosco, Josh Mostel, Yakov Smirnoff, Carmine Caridi, Brian Backer, Billy Lombardo, Mia Dillon, John Van Dreelen, Douglass Watson 

After watching The Burbs yesterday I had a thirst for the comedic stylings of Tom Hanks. You know, back before he started doing important movies and being all serious. This made me remember The Money Pit. I can’t remember how many times I watched this movie when I was younger and I’m happy to say that it still had me laughing out loud quite often. I know I’ve said before that I’m not a big fan of the comedy genre. One specific part I do like about it is the physical comedy. Guys getting wacked in the head, people falling down, all that 3 Stooges kind of stuff. That is pretty much the basis for this entire film. When Walter (Hanks) and Anna (Long) buy a million dollar home for 200 grand they think they’ve gotten the deal of a lifetime. There’s a bit of suspicion at first but after viewing the home they’re satisfied that its money well spent.

When something is too good to be true, then it probably isn’t true and that’s exactly what happens here. The house is literally falling apart around them in the most hilarious manner possible. Walter is heading up the stairs when they collapse underneath him, the bathtub goes from the top level to the living room when filled with too much water, wires catch on fire, stoves explode and no contractor will touch the place except for a couple of very sleazy looking guys. As the house challenges their sanity, there’s also an ex of Anna’s, Max (Alexander Godunov), who is trying to win back her love which will challenge Anna and Walter’s relationship. 

Walter and Anna before their bad purchase.

There is scene after scene of terrible and over the top things happening to Walter and Anna. Nothing goes right in their new home and the one contractor that will actually show up to the job site brings a huge group of bikers and punks with him. By the time that Walter gets back at the end of the day the group of bikers has pretty much torn his house down. Everything inside is destroyed and piled on the front lawn. It may seem like everything thing is lost but we fast forward to 4 months later and work is moving along smoothly. The same can’t be said for Anna and Walter’s relationship. 

The movie kind of switches gears about three quarters of the way through. It starts as an all out slapstick comedy but as the house begins to come together it flips to the relationship between Walter and Anna. There are questions about whether Anna slept with her ex Max and Walter eventually breaks their relationship off. Normally I would be annoyed that nobody was getting hit in the head anymore but I actually wanted the characters to accomplish what they started so having them split up was awful. 

Walter is left holding the bucket on this one.

That’s probably the strongest point of the movie, the characters. You really want them to get to their happy ending and I felt like they deserved it. I don’t think I’m giving away much by letting you know that the happy ending is coming. I mean, what a shock that an 80’s flick would have a happy ending! It’s overall plotline is predictable but it’s the ride there that is so fun. If you’re into some good physical, slapstick comedy then this one is for you. My double shot of The Burbs and The Money Pit had my sides hurting from all the laughing but I think I actually prefer this one more than The Burbs. It’s a little more over the top in its use of slapstick and Tom Hanks may never have been more funny. 

Under the marquee – Will 

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0 Responses to The Money Pit – Film Reel Review

  1. Japancinema says:

    I’ll watch this this weekend good sir. Thanks for the recommendation! I’m watching old movies as of late as I caught Point Break last weekend and realized how much fast * the furious ripped that film off. I think i’ll watch an old movie every week now!

  2. HAHA Point Break, classic. Although you should really follow Point Break up with Roadhouse, my personal favorite starring Patrick Swayze!

  3. Just bought The Money Pit / The Burbs double feature DVD at Wal-Mart for $6.88. SCORE! Both awesome movies. “Ahhh home crap home.”

  4. That’s the kind of deal that I need to find more often! I was looking for Gung Ho and Mr Mom recently but they were always packaged with some other movie I didn’t care about. Why weren’t they together, they’re both Michael Keaton movies???

  5. Heather says:


    I just read on your Burbs comment that you were reviewing this and I’m so happy you did. Not many people know of this rare gem. The two of them have such awesome chemistry and usually movies where everything goes wrong sends me into an OCD tizzy but this was so damn funny it made me laugh instead.

    I’d like to see more 80’s Hanks. Maybe Turner and Hooch or Big? Have a Hanksathon, the good years!


    I think I’m on some sort of 80’s comedy kick right now. I just finished watching Mr Mom and I’ve got Gung Ho now as well. Your Facebook question of favorite beach scenes made me think of One Crazy Summer so I have to watch that now. I think I’ll have to watch Big and Turner and Hooch now as well, I loved those flicks. What are some other Hanks comedy flicks now? I’ll have to find some.

  7. Heather says:

    Mr. Mom is good and I LOVE GUNG HO. 80’s kick sounds like a plan man!

    I’d say rock out some Teen Wolf, Mannequin, St Elmos Fire, The Beastmaster, The Golden Child, Big Business, Howard The Duck, K-9, Night Shift, Summer School, Troop Beverly Hills, and Uncle Buck -which actually isn’t as funny anymore. 🙁

  8. Oh man, that’s way too many classic flicks right there! Mannequin, the height of cheese! Howard the Duck also very good. Summer School, I forgot about that one but I love that movie and actually kind of fitting for a horror movie nut like me.

    I did score One Crazy Summer and I got Big and Turner and Hooch. I have to get Summer School though. And what about The Great Outdoors, Coming to America, See No Evil Hear No Evil, man, there’s so many! I think that the 80’s produced some of the greatest comedies ever, much better than so much stuff I see now.

    And I like Uncle Buck! HAHA!

  9. Heather says:

    COMING TO AMERICA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    I actually own Uncle Buck. If you’re going the distance I would watch Romancing The Stone. Still so funny and so much fun! Oooooh TWINS. I own that too! lol

  10. I just saw they had Romancing The Stone for like 4 bucks at Best Buy. I kept wondering if I should buy it or not but I have to go there today so maybe I’ll pick it up. Was Twins really in the 80’s? Has it been that long? What about Throw Momma From The Train?

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