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 14+
Based on 4 reviews

Kids say

age 12+
Based on 9 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.

Violence

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!"

Sex

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.

Language

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

Consumerism
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. 

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User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byNicolleS224 June 3, 2020

Highly Crass and Not For Children

I (a young adult) started watching this with my parents and it was extremely uncomfortable. There are some very explicit scenes between the main couple in bed..... Continue reading
Parent of a 12 and 13-year-old Written byHeath V. October 23, 2019

Best Movie for Anyone Buying a House

Saw this movie a half a dozen times growing up. My parents recorded it off television. Recently rewatched it, still think it's Great!

There are some adult... Continue reading
Teen, 13 years old Written byRichGirl1245 June 5, 2020

Yes! This was great.

Unlike other people have said, this was a GREAT movie! People should stop being so mean. If you have kids, they can watch it, whatsoever. Your parents probably... Continue reading
Kid, 10 years old April 12, 2020

DON'T WATCH

don't just don't

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?

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