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The Money Pit

Movie review by
Sandie Angulo Chen, Common Sense Media
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Classic '80s fix-it comedy has some mature themes.
  • PG
  • 1986
  • 91 minutes

Parents say

age 12+
Based on 2 reviews

Kids say

age 12+
Based on 6 reviews

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this movie.

Positive Messages

Sex and sexual assault are treated very lightly. Love ultimately prevails.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Walter and Anna are both pleasant, loving people, though when he calls her a "whore" it feels very out of character and mean. Anna's ex is selfish and manipulative, but ends up being kind. Contractors and construction workers are exaggerated stereotypes.


Walter and Anna are accidentally electrocuted, crushed, burned, and attacked by a raccoon, but it's all slapsticky violence. A sleazy contractor pushes Anna up against a wall while she protests and says, "He assaulted me!"


Several shots of Walter and Anna kissing -- often in bed, including one scene where the construction workers are all watching. There are inappropriate, jokey comments about whether Anna should sleep with a contractor or her ex-husband for the sake of the renovations. Anna wakes up next to a shirtless Max. A worker tells Anna she's almost out of birth control pills.


Would be PG-13 by today's standards with words like "whore," "bastard," "ass," "blood-sucking," "screw," etc. Three exclamations of "God-damned."

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Plenty of social drinking and some cigarette smoking. Anna drinks so much one night that in the morning she can't recall what happened. Walter accuses Anna of being a drunk.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that The Money Pit, although PG, has several mature themes and conversations. The couple played by Tom Hanks and Shelley Long fool around in bed -- with their construction crew looking on in one case. They kiss many times throughout the movie and have conversations about sex, drinking, and ending their relationship. In one scene -- played for laughs -- Long's character is groped without her consent. The humor consists of Hanks (and in a few cases Long) getting hurt in a variety of elaborate ways during their hellish home renovation. 

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Parent of a 2, 6, 10, and 12 year old Written byBig Galah October 18, 2010

Good for those in double figures!

A well known physical comedy form two actors who can do the roles justice. Some iffy stuff, but nothing compared with modern equivalents
Parent of a 14 year old Written byTsion July 30, 2009

The Worst House in All of History...

This movie is the ultimate bad-house movie, with what may be the worst house in movie history. However, it isn't that good of a movie. And, it's not... Continue reading
Teen, 17 years old Written bybree319 July 3, 2009

Perfect Tom Hanks Film!!

This movie is HILARIOUS! I watched this with my mom and we were pretty much laughing through the whole thing. There were quite a few sexual situations/jokes tha... Continue reading
Kid, 9 years old April 24, 2010



What's the story?

Tom Hanks plays Walter, an entertainment lawyer living in a fabulous Manhattan apartment with his girlfriend Anna (Shelley Long), a classical musician. When Anna's ex, an egotistical conductor (the stunning dancer-turned-actor Alexander Godunov) returns from abroad, the couple loses their place. Unluckily for them, their realtor finds them a gorgeous mansion upstate. The house, they find out, is anything but a steal -- it's literally crumbling to pieces, usually on top of Walter and Anna. As they begin the laborious but process of fixing up the house, anything that can possibly go wrong does, from Walter missing the house inspector because he's stuck in a hole in the floor to Anna getting attacked by a raccoon living in the dumbwaiter. In between all of the construction mishaps, Walter and Anna's relationship ends up needing some improvements as well. Will they survive their money pit or crumble like their old foundation?

Is it any good?

Whether or not you're a fan of broad comedies, you won't be able to keep from laughing out loud in this one, especially since Hanks proves a genius with the physical humor. Nowadays, with the exception of the occasional romantic comedy or animated character, Hanks tends to star in big-budget dramas or action thrillers. But as all but the youngest of moviegoers know, in the '80s Hanks was a comedian extraordinaire, starring in laughfests like the home-improvement comedy THE MONEY PIT. This being an '80s comedy, the happy ending is all but guaranteed.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about persevering despite many obstacles. Anna and Walter take turns bemoaning the purchase of their new home. How does the home improvement project change their relationship? Was buying the house a risk that paid off?

  • How did you feel about the way Walter handled the contractor groping Anna? What do you wish would have happened? Do you think that scene would be in a more modern movie?

  • Kids: Would you want to live in the Money Pit house?

  • Is there any evidence here that the comic Hanks would end up to be a big Oscar winner?

Movie details

For kids who love to laugh

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