Lawrence is a rich kid with a bad accent and a large debt. After his father refuses to help him out, Lawrence escapes his angry debtors by jumping on a Peace Corp flight to Southeast Asia, ... See full summary »
A highly successful advertising executive decides to put his job on hold after getting an update from his father that he and his wife are divorced and decides to extend his break after revealing that his father is a diabetic.
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 they move into the house it falls apart, starting with the stairway collapsing to the bathtub falling through the floor 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.Written by
Michael Feller <email@example.com>
The make and model of Art Shirk's (Joe Mantegna's) red sports car was a 1984 Chevrolet Corvette. Its customized license plate read "AS-1". See more »
Pushing the raccoon out of the dumbwaiter. See more »
[on the phone trying to locate a plumber]
Hi! We're having a little trouble with our pipes, and I was - uh, Fielding, Walter Fielding... Well, there's no reason why should have heard of me... no, that's not a Jewish name... how much do I make a year? Well, how much do you make a year? Really!... Yale, I went to Yale...
Look, get out of my life, would ya!
[slams the phone down]
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Several scenes are different or added to the television version. The TV version offers an extended scene when Walter tries to carve his name and Anna's on the tree. More than one tree falls, explaining why Walter comes in the house and says they have weak trees, instead of just one tree. In between the shots of the realtor stamping the house sheet with a "SOLD", and Walter and Anna moving in, there is a scene with Walter and Anna in the house discussing how drunk they were on a trip to Puerto Rico. See more »
Richard Benjamin directs this comedy about a young couple and their misery trying to turn a dilapidated house into their dream home. Situational comedy makes up for the flimsy story line. Two young stars on their way up...Tom Hanks and Shelley Long work absolutely great together. Funny script with even funnier one-line rebuttals. Very good support from Joe Mantegna, Philip Bosco and Yakov Smirnoff.
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