A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Sex and sexual assault are treated very lightly. Love ultimately prevails.
Positive Role Models
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 & Scariness
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!"
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
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.
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Would be PG-13 by today's standards with words like "whore," "bastard," "ass," "blood-sucking," "screw," etc. Three exclamations of "God-damned."
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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.
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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. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
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.
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