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April 04, 1986 - Image 64

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1986-04-04

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THE DETROIT JEWISH NEWS

64 Friday, April 4, 1986

MARCY'S BOUTIQUE

MORT AT THE MOVIES

AT DIMITRI'S - DOWNSTAIRS

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When You Dine
Treat Yourself to Something Fine!

Don't Miss It

`Money Pit' Is Beneath
Spielberg's Standards

Mon. thru Thurs.
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Sat. 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Sun. 12 p.m. to 3 p.m.

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1.29 lb.

These specials will run throughout the Passover holi-
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FRESH CHICKEN BREASTS
WITH WINGS

1.79 lb.

WE CARRY OUR OWN MADE PASSOVER KISHKE!

For a fine selection of choice meats and poultry
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Walter (Tom Hanks) climbs the debris outside The Money Pit" as
work foreman (Philip Bosco) directs traffic.

The Money Pit (rated: PG) is
the worst film Steven Spielberg
has ever presented. It will prob-
ably gross $50 million.
But why would the man who
made the best popular
entertainment ever devised,
E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial, stoop
to produce a banal, jejeune and
boring picture like this?
He couldn't need the money.
Nor could his company need the
money - not after hits like Back
to the Future and The Color
Purple. So why pander to the
presumed popular taste with
something as tasteless as The

This Passover serve

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Kosher and Coendorsed.

April 6-April 10

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Open Saturday Night at

Money Pit?
This is the kind of picture
that can give slapstick a bad
name. For that's all there is: an
endless repetition of the same
kind of mindless, unfunny bad
slapstick.
The story, such as it is, is
about a modish, unmarried but
living together, 1980's couple
who buy a mansion at a ridicul-
ously low price. Literally. And
that's all that happens for the
next 70 or 80 minutes. Every
time either one of them steps on
something, or opens a door, or
touches something, it falls
apart.
Worst of all, director Richard
Benjamin commits one of the
cardinal sins, gag-stacking.
Example: guy runs up to enter
house but door sticks so he runs
into it; pushes doorbell and that
gives him a shock; pulls on door
again and it falls down; one
more tug and the frame comes
down, too.
If you think that's funny, then
rush to see The Money Pit, be-
cause you'll find that same gag
structure repeated with the
stairway, walls, fireplace,
bathtub, sink, windows -- well,
you get the point.
Tom Hanks plays the •guy.
Shelley Long plays the gal. He
is a lawyer for rock 'n roll
groups. She is a symphony viola
player. (Boy, this must have
sounded great in the story con-
ference.) She was married to the
e.somanicacal conductor of the

orchestra in which she plays;
and that part is played by Ale-
xander Godunov. There is a
minor, totally out of character,
romantic complication. But it is
so predictable, you could hardly
call it a complication.
I hate to say that the germ of
the idea•for this film might have
come from Mr. Blandings Builds
His Dream House, for I hate to
associate a bowdlerized piece of
junk like this with something
which was so elegant, stylish,
charming and funny. But I
think someone, in the back of
their head, thought they were
doing an "up-dated" version of
that earlier classic. Actually,
what they're doing here is more
like an "up-chucked" version.
The main thing wrong with
The Money Pit is money — too
much of it was spent making it.
It is enormously over-produced.
Everything is overdone in the
extreme.

The picture is getting lots of
hype, a big publicity push, and a
huge advertising budget. So it
will probably bring in big audi-
ences and big bucks. But you
can stay home and see the same
thing on any number of inane
TV bash-em, break-em shows
like "Dukes of Hazzard," or re-
runs of "Animal House."
Meantime, three absolutely
marvelous films are playing
around town whose budgets for
production and promotion all
lumped together would be less
than The Money Pit.
If you haven't seen The Offi-

cial Story, Kiss of the Spider
Woman, or The Trip to Bounti-
ful, then make every effort to do
so. Their well-deserved Oscar
accolades have, hopefully, given
them some extended lives, and
given you more opportunity to
catch them.
The Official Story is one of the
best films I've ever seen;
William Hurt in Kiss of the
Spider Woman and Geraldine
Page in The Trip to Bountiful
give the performances of their
lives. Don't miss any of these!

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