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.
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.
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