Monday, January 9, 2017

Movie Review: "The Money Pit" (1986)

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Movie"The Money Pit"
Director: Richard Benjamin
Year: 1986
Rating: PG
Running Time: 1 hour, 31 minutes

An unmarried couple in a committed relationship decides to buy a house together. This house is at a price that seems too good to be true. It turns out that it is too good to be true as the house is falling apart at the seams, and as the costs to fix it pile up, it starts to put a strain on their relationship.

"The Money Pit" is directed by Richard Benjamin and is written by David Giler. It is a modernized loose remake of the 1948 film "Mr. Blandings Builds His Dream House." It stars Tom Hanks as Walter Fielding Jr., an attorney that works with those in show business, and Shelley Long as Anna Crowley, a classical musician. This young couple needs to find a place of their own and believe they have finally found the right house at the right price. After buying what seemed like a perfectly good house on the surface, it immediately starts to fall apart right after they move into it. Investing the vast majority of their savings into the initial purchase, they wind up piling on debt in order to make it a livable home. As problems keep on arising, Walter and Anna's relationship begins to beak down.

Long before Tom Hanks was winning Academy Awards for playing deeply layered dramatic characters, he was mostly known for doing much more lighthearted often silly comedic films such as "The Money Pit." His charming screen presence makes him an ideal lead and he is quite capable of bringing the laughs in this film. His partner along for this costly and messy ride is played by Shelley Long, who made quite a name for herself in the 80's and is quite funny in her own right, though her style of humor is much more dry and sarcastic than Hanks'. The situation itself, though it is taken to the nth degree, is rather relatable to anyone who has ever owned a home, especially anyone who may live in an older home (which we do). In many ways, having a home of your own is great and is a source of equity and security, but on the other hand, the almost constant influx of issues, whether they be plumbing problems, termite infestations, electrical issues, or a leaky roof or another problem, make expenses pile up and make tensions run high. These financial burdens can weigh heavy on homeowners and this comedy displays this in the funniest way possible.

As a whole, "The Money Pit" is a somewhat formulaic yet overall amusing film elevated by the chemistry between Tom Hanks and Shelley Long. Their humor is on point, and the situation they find themselves in is one many viewers will be able to relate to as homeowners.

My Rating: 6.5/10
BigJ's Rating: 7/10
IMDB's Rating: 6.3/10
Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 47%
Do we recommend this movie: Sure, why not?

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