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A [[TheEighties 1986]] film comedy directed by Richard Benjamin starring Creator/TomHanks and Creator/ShelleyLong. The Money Pit features attorney Walter Fielding (Hanks) and his violinist girlfriend Anna (Long), who are swindled into buying a 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 period of comedies]] made between ''Film/{{Splash}}'' and ''JoeVersusTheVolcano'', 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.
* 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!
* KarmaHoudini: Narrowly 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.
* 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.
* 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 letting Anna think she'd cheated on Walter.
* 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 principal 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 beleives 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 ok 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 behaviour as him being a hypocrite which is why she cant forgive him.
* WhatDidIDoLastNight: Anna.
* WhiteCollarCrime: The reason Fielding's father is abroad.
* 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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