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A [[TheEighties 1986]] film comedy directed by Richard Benjamin, starring Creator/TomHanks and Creator/ShelleyLong.

Walter Fielding (Hanks) and his violinist girlfriend Anna (Long) are swindled into buying an old house that's falling apart at the seams. As they keep getting further in debt in their efforts to restore the house, the pressure starts taking a toll on the couple. Part of [[TheEighties Hanks's early period of comedies]] made [[TomHanksSyndrome before]] ''Film/{{Philadelphia}}'', the film is also one of the reasons Shelley Long quit the cast of ''Series/{{Cheers}}'' hoping to make a transition to movies.

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!!Tropes:

* TheAce: Max.
* BegoneBribe: To avoid some regulations.
* BigFancyHouse: Eventually, anyway.
* BookEnds: Fielding's dad.
* BurgerFool: Walter catches a ride home with a pizza delivery guy dressed as a stereotypical Italian chef, driving a ludicrous Volkswagen Beetle completely covered in flashing lights and blaring a goofy song about pizza from external speakers.
* ConMan: The husband/wife team who stick Walter and Anna with the titular fixer-upper.
* DramaQueen: Both Anna and Walter, when driven to a breaking point. Leads to a big zig-zag between HamToHamCombat and SnarkToSnarkCombat in [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mT5NiDGbnVM this sequence.]]
* HairTriggerTemper: The permit guy. What little we see of him suggests that he's a gigantic asshole.
* {{Jerkass}}: Max again.
* HelloNurse: When Anna and Walter are having their big argument (see DramaQueen, above), she's wearing a ''very'' form-fitting [[LadyInRed red dress]]. The construction workers keep ogling her or trying to proposition!
* ILied: It's only after Anna's on the verge of breaking up with Walter for good that Max comes clean about what happened the night she spent at his loft. To that point, he'd been letting her think they'd slept together in a ploy to get back with her:
--> "You slept in the bed, and I took the sofa. Sex would have been a ''miracle''."
* KarmaHoudini: Averted for [[spoiler: Walter's father]]. The last scene in the film is him and [[spoiler: his new wife buying a gorgeous mansion in South America -- from the same two con artists who]] sold Walter and Anna their lemon.
** Played straight for [[spoiler: the con artists themselves]], though...
* LaughingMad: Walter tends to do this a lot when under stress.
* LonelyRichKid:
--->'''Fielding:''' Benny, if you don't loan me that money, I'll...
--->'''Benny:''' You'll what, huh? You'll what?
--->'''Fielding:''' ...I'll ''not like you anymore!!''
--->'''Benny:''' (Sad tone) ...Awright.
* MyGodWhatHaveIDone: Immediately following their vicious, end-of-the-relationship fight over her cheating with Max (that she's unknowingly innocent of), Anna slams the door and bursts into horrified TearsOfRemorse.
* PetTheDog: Max convinces Walter to make up with Anna by reminding him that, being a more decent man than he, losing her would affect Walter far more than it would a guy like Max. Of course, this only comes after Max sharply [[KickTheDog Kicked The Dog]] by tricking Anna into thinking she'd cheated on Walter, in hopes of splitting them up.
* Rewatch Bonus: Notice how carefully Estelle avoids all the pratfalls and hazards of the house we're soon to see when giving Anna and Walter the tour.
* RichSuitorPoorSuitor: Anna has Max and Walter.
* RunningGag: "They testing missiles here, or what?"
* ShadyRealEstateAgent: He even celebrates with his staff when Fielding decides to buy the house
* ShockinglyExpensiveBill: Subverted in the asking price of the house; played straight when they have to pay to repair it.
* SinsOfOurFathers: Hoping to clean the family name, Fielding tries constantly to make up for the money his dad embezzled.
* SnarkToSnarkCombat: Between Anna and Walter:
--> '''Anna:''' That is ''such'' a dumb idea. Sometimes it ''amazes'' me you ever passed the bar.
--> '''Walter:''' I'm sure it does. You never passed a bar in your life.
--> '''Anna:''' ''(DeathGlare)'' You are so much less attractive when I'm sober.
--> '''Walter:''' ''(Shrugs)'' Thank goodness it's not that often.
--> '''Anna:''' [[SuddenlyShouting ALRIGHT, THAT'S IT!!]]
* SpoiledBrat: Benny.
* ThoseWackyNazis: [[spoiler: Carlos]], or that's his excuse(!).
* TheUnfairSex: Played with. While it is revealed Anna didn't actually cheat with Walter, she is unaware at first and convinced out of principle that Walter should forgive her. As she puts herself "He can't forgive me, so ''I'' can't forgive ''him''." In the end Walter is convinced to make up with her and a happy ending ensues.
** The only reason Anna believes Walter should forgive her for sleeping with Max is because Walter spent an entire evening, from sitting down to dinner 'til after going to bed, nagging her over whether anything happened between her and Max, constantly promising that if anything did happen he would be perfectly okay with it, and not blame her or hold her responsible. Anna actually believes him, which is why she expects him to forgive her and sees his subsequent reaction and behavior as him being a hypocrite, which is why she can't forgive him. Still, it's hard to believe Walter would be owed forgiveness on this somewhat spurious liability if the roles were reversed.
* WhatDidIDoLastNight: Anna.
* WhiteCollarCrime: The reason Fielding's father is abroad.
* WholePlotReference: Suspiciously similar to the 1948 classic ''Literature/MrBlandingsBuildsHisDreamHouse''.
* WholesomeCrossdresser: One of Walter's clients is a rock band that's taken to wearing dresses as their newest angle. [[BrickJoke They later show up as bridesmaids at his wedding.]]
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