Likely everyone and their mom has seen The Money Pit. But I’m that lone person who hasn’t. When you browse Netflix and find something you haven’t seen, well, you go ahead and watch it.
The Money Pit (1986) Film Review
Living with his girlfriend is what makes Walter (Tom Hanks) happy. Making him happier would be if Anna (Shelley Long) agrees to marry him. Instead, they live in the apartment of her ex while he’s in Europe, the same ex who has soured marriage for Anna. When the ex returns early, the pair must be out and so, jointly, they purchase a beautiful house that needs a little TLC but also gets them away from the city.
As the couple excitedly moves in, they end up finding they do indeed have their work cut out for them.
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A film that is pure comedy, its style probably isn’t for everyone. It’s definitely an older comedy style and one that we don’t really use anymore. Honestly though, I think movies would benefit more from having good humor that isn’t afraid to be silly and genuinely makes the person laugh. There’s also a difference between this kind of humor, even the silly moments, and the humor today that tries, but ends up being crude.
If you’re a fan of Tom Hanks, it’s fun to see him in a role where he’s so young and maybe even different than his most famous credits. You’ll also see Joe Mantegna (brief role) and Philip Bosco. The kind of madcap “adventure” of the characters and story is what makes this one so much fun. Even the relationship struggles that crop up still come off as “funny” just because of how they’re played and how things shake out.
If you enjoy films like The Out-of-Towners, I think you’ll find lots to enjoy about The Money Pit.
You can shop The Money Pit digitally on Amazon Video; or at publication, find it with Netflix
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Content: There is the suggestion that someone cheats in a relationship. We see a couple rolling around and making out tangled in sheets twice, and another couple wakes up in bed together. There is some profanity, but it’s mostly minor. The film is PG.
Photos: Amblin Entertainment / Universal Pictures