Film: The Money Pit

A 1986 film comedy directed by Richard Benjamin starring Tom Hanks and Shelley Long. 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 Hanks's early period of comedies made before Philadelphia, the film is also one of the reasons Shelley Long quit the cast of Cheers hoping to make a transition to movies.


  • The Ace: Max.
  • "Begone" Bribe: To avoid some regulations.
  • Big Fancy House: Eventually, anyway.
  • Book Ends: Fielding's dad.
  • Con Man: The husband/wife team who stick Walter and Anna with the titular fixer-upper.
  • Drama Queen: Both Anna and Walter, when driven to a breaking point. Leads to a big zig-zag between Ham-to-Ham Combat and Snark-to-Snark Combat in this sequence.
  • Hair-Trigger Temper: The permit guy. What little we see of him suggests that he's a gigantic asshole.
  • Jerkass: Max again.
  • Hello, Nurse!: When Anna and Walter are having their big argument (see Drama Queen, above), she's wearing a very form-fitting red dress. The construction workers keep ogling her or trying to proposition!
  • Karma Houdini: Averted for Walter's father. The last scene in the film is him and 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 the con artists themselves, though....
  • Laughing Mad: Walter tends to do this a lot when under stress.
  • Lonely Rich Kid:
    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.
  • Pet the Dog: 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 Kicked The Dog by letting Anna think she'd cheated on Walter.
  • Rich Suitor, Poor Suitor: Anna has Max and Walter.
  • Running Gag: "They testing missiles here, or what?"
  • Shady Real Estate Agent: He even celebrates with his staff when Fielding decides to buy the house
  • Shockingly Expensive Bill: Subverted in the asking price of the house; played straight when they have to pay to repair it.
  • Sins of Our Fathers: Hoping to clean the family name, Fielding tries constantly to make up for the money his dad embezzled.
  • Snark-to-Snark Combat: 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: (Death Glare) You are so much less attractive when I'm sober.
    Walter: (Shrugs) Thank goodness it's not that often.
  • Spoiled Brat: Benny.
  • Those Wacky Nazis: Carlos, or that's his excuse(!).
  • The Unfair Sex: 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.
  • What Did I Do Last Night?: Anna.
  • White Collar Crime: The reason Fielding's father is abroad.
  • Whole Plot Reference: Suspiciously similar to the 1948 classic Mr. Blandings Builds His Dream House.
  • Wholesome Crossdresser: One of Walter's clients is a rock band that's taken to wearing dresses as their newest angle. They later show up as bridesmaids at his wedding.