A- Sound B+
starring Tom Hanks, Shelley Long, Alexander Godunov, Maureen Stapleton
screenplay by David Giler
directed by Richard Benjamin
by Bill Chambers Many comedies are padded by slapstick--here's slapstick padded by jokes, every single one of which bears the tang of a warm-up act. There is dialogue that advances a scene and there is dialogue that fills a page count, and David Giler's screenplay for The Money Pit toils almost exclusively in the latter. On the one hand, that's exactly the right approach, as it relegates stars Tom Hanks and Shelley Long to the status of Chachi and Joanie whilst elevating the titular house to starring role. But "the money pit" can only fall down and go boom so many times, thus making The Money Pit a stop-and-go feature that would kill as a short. I've often toyed with doing my own edit of the film.