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 period of comedies
made between Splash
and Joe Versus The Volcano
, 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.
- Hair-Trigger Temper: The permit guy. What little we see of him suggests that he's a gigantic asshole.
- Jerkass: Max again.
- Karma Houdini: Narrowly averted for Walter's father. The last scene in the film is him and his paramour buying a gorgeous mansion in South America — from the same two con artists who sold Walter and Anna their lemon.
- 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.
- 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.
- What Did I Do Last Night?: Anna.
- White Collar Crime: The reason Fielding's father is abroad.
- 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.