The Money Pit (1986), starring Tom Hanks and Shelly Long is a silly movie that centers on the story of Walter and Anna. The couple has just decided to purchase a home together and get what seems like a steal on a great looking house that turns out to be "a lemon." As the home falls apart around them, piece-by-piece, so does the relationship of the couple. However, they realize that they can't be without each other and decide to stick it out; fixing both the house and their problems. The movie is honestly kind of corny and not one of Spielberg's greatest creations. However, the film is very relatable to any relationship and stands up over time. Hanks and Long do a great job depicting a couple on the edge and the difficulty of any relationship. One scene that I think truly captures this dynamic is when the bathtub falls through the floor of the second story. Because of all that has happened to the couple, Hanks just starts laughing hysterically, showing that sometimes the only thing left to do is laugh.
The movie's soundtrack, featuring Stephen Bishop and White Lion, along with the wardrobe are what make The Money Pit an 80's film, however I think that the film can relate to any generation. Though styles and music may change, one thing that will always be the same are the trials and tribulations of love. I would recommend this movie to anyone looking for a good laugh and a minor lesson in romantics. The comedy is borderline slapstick and can be appreciated by all ages, but the underlying love story hits home to anyone who has been in a serious relationship.
I guess the real lesson is that if it seems too good to be true, it probably is.
The Bathtub Scene