The Money Pit

The behemoth house, daring its owner to repair its monstrous cracks and crevices, has been looked at in comedy films from the early days of film. THE MONEY PIT is another variation on this premise, and while there is some imagination behind the destruction of the title abode, the film quickly grows into a tired repetition of one long joke. Walter (Tom Hanks)...read more

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The behemoth house, daring its owner to repair its monstrous cracks and crevices, has been looked at in comedy films from the early days of film. THE MONEY PIT is another variation on this premise, and while there is some imagination behind the destruction of the title abode, the film

quickly grows into a tired repetition of one long joke. Walter (Tom Hanks) and Anna (Shelley Long) are a cohabiting couple living in the apartment of Anna's ex-husband, Max (Alexander Godunov). When Max, an orchestra conductor, returns home after a two-year European tour, the lovers are hard

pressed to find some new digs. Then Walter, an attorney for rock bands, finds an old house that is being sold for a phenomenally low figure. Walter borrows the money from a bratty child pop star, and he and Anna set out to repair the place with their own hands. If anything, THE MONEY PIT is

ingenious in its design. One can't help but be impressed by the elaborate work that went into making the film and creating a house built specifically to fall apart in a variety of cataclysmic ways. Both Hanks and Long give likable performances in physically demanding roles. But THE MONEY PIT is

boring and almost consistently unfunny because of the script, which simply repeats different variations on the same joke without adding new twists.

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  • Released: 1986
  • Rating: PG
  • Review: The behemoth house, daring its owner to repair its monstrous cracks and crevices, has been looked at in comedy films from the early days of film. THE MONEY PIT is another variation on this premise, and while there is some imagination behind the destruction… (more)

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