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Wednesday, February 1, 2017

The Money Pit (1986)

After being evicted from their Manhattan apartment, a young unmarried couple (Tom Hanks, Shelley Long) decide to buy a house. But what should have been their dream house turns into a nightmare as everything that could go wrong ..... does go wrong. Both with the house and their relationship. Directed by actor turned director Richard Benjamin, this isn't a remake but rather an update of old movies like MR. BLANDINGS BUILDS HIS DREAM HOUSE and GEORGE WASHINGTON SLEPT HERE which had similar premises. So while one could hardly call the material fresh, the material would appear to be fool proof as it works once again. This is mostly due to Hanks and Long who are such expert farceurs and so likable that they have the knack of even making the regurgitated stale bits funny again. Benjamin brings his comedic expertise as an actor to his modest skills as a director and doesn't linger over the jokes before wisely moving forward. With Maureen Stapleton, Alexander Godunov, Philip Bosco, Joe Mantegna and John van Dreelan.   

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