The Money Pit – Filtered

Theatrical Release: March 26, 1986
DVD Release: February 4, 2003


Walter Fielding and Anna Crowley have to start looking for a new house- but there’s not much they can afford! This soon changes when they meet a lonely old con-artist who sells them a beautiful mansion at a ridiculously low price. Only there’s a catch. The second Walter and Anna move in to the house it falls apart, starting from the stairway, to the bath falling through the roof to eventually the chimney falling into the house! Finally, they have to renovate the house before the frame collapses but the renovations also prove to be a disaster.

Dove Review

Tom Hanks and Shelly Long play Walter and Anna Fielding, a married couple initially living in the apartment of Anna’s ex-husband Max. Of course this is a bad idea. When Max decides to reclaim his home, Walter and Anna, seeking a new place to live, are extremely motivated to make a rash decision, borrow more money then they can afford, and purchase a home that seems too good to be true for the price. The movie becomes a hilarious comedy, as the house falls apart bit by bit and the couple is forced to borrow more and more money in a seemingly fruitless attempt to repair the home, and salvage their investment. In a rather interesting role reversal Anna drinks too much one evening and awakens to find herself in the bed with her ex-husband, Max. Max lies and claims that the previous night was one of reckless sexual abandon. Walter is devastated by this news and distances himself from his wife. Anna and Max each become miserable, until the truth of Anna’s indiscreet evening is finally revealed, and the married couple experiences a joyful reconciliation.

The renovation of the home that became a “Money Pit” is eventually successful and all move on to a happy post “Money Pit” life. The Dove Foundation approves this movie as acceptable family viewing material for older children and adults.

Content Description

Faith: None
Integrity: None
Sex: Unmarried couple lives together and sleeps in the same bed.
Language: A character calls another character "a whore."
Violence: None
Drugs: A very young boy smokes a cigarette, a character becomes drunk, and cannot recall her actions.
Nudity: None
Other: None


Company: Universal Pictures
Writer: David Giler
Genre: Comedy
Runtime: 91 min.
Reviewer: Lynda C. Rush