The Money Pit
Release year: 1986
Director: Richard Benjamin
Screenwriter: David Giler
Starring: Tom Hanks, Shelley Long, Alexander Godunov, Maureen Stapleton, Joe Mantegna, Philip Bosco, Josh Mostel
Walter Fielding (Tom Hanks) and Anna Crowley (Shelley Long) are looking for a new house within their budget when they seemingly strike luck and find a beautiful old mansion at a price almost too low to true. Which excactly turns out to be the case when the house starts falling apart as soon as they move in. Soon the young couple is struggling to hold together both their new house and their relationship.
Before Tom Hanks (Big, 1988) became the go-to guy when you needed to bring integrity to serious parts, he was the go-to guy when it came to filling out the male lead of a comedy. Here he is teaming up with Shelley Long (Hello Again, 1987), the female version of the above mentioned, before she moved on to mostly working in tv, finding fame as Diane in Cheers. Both charming and likeable in that girl/guy next door way, they are a perfect cast as Walter and Anna who thinks they hit the jackpot and instead willingly move into what will soon turn out to be a living nightmare. Especially Hanks’s reaction to the extreme situations the house puts them in is brilliant comedic acting giving a glimpse of the excellency we have since experienced from Mr. Hanks. The house itself comes up with so many nasty surprises that it doesn’t just become a character in itself, but the main character of the movie. Almost thirty years after its release, this is still a great comedy to watch when you need a good laugh.
The movie is a remake of Mr. Blandings Builds His Dream House from 1948 and with Steven Spielberg being executive producer on the film it was the first of many collaborations between Spielberg and Tom Hanks.
Picture copyright: Universal Pictures