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A Tale of Two Bunnies (2000)

Boisterous dreamer Ruby and timid but smart Holly Tanner are best friends, ordinary nice country girls who dream of fame and riches. When the boss rewards Ruby's fashion-ambitious ... See full summary »




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Cast overview, first billed only:
Julie Condra ...
Sandra P. Grant ...
April Morgan ...
Saskia Garel ...
Paul Miller
Drunk Man #1 (as Michael Capello)
Patrick Chilvers ...
Jonathan Cuthill ...
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Boisterous dreamer Ruby and timid but smart Holly Tanner are best friends, ordinary nice country girls who dream of fame and riches. When the boss rewards Ruby's fashion-ambitious initiative with the sack, they quit their small town dead-end seamstress jobs heading for Chicago, where they audition as bunny girls, which proves harder, more demanding and less glamorous then they imagined. 'Bunny mom' Miranda Mantell, who runs a tight ship based on demerits for the sack and premiums for merits, puts them -and over a dozen other recruits- trough elaborate training. Extravert Ruby takes to serving and pleasing like a duck to water, yet collects demerits, shy Holly bumbles and blushes, but smooth, charming young barman Corky kindly sees her trough a rough start while 'room director' Ben deals with the kind of men who get so fresh their dads would have given them a 'whooping' back home, and in time she becomes good enough at the job to 'graduate' to the black suit. Holly worries now jealous ... Written by KGF Vissers

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In 1961, everyone knew the man, the mansion, and the magazine. Now meet the women who kept the club hopping.


Drama | Comedy





Release Date:

20 March 2000 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Bunny Ears  »

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1.33 : 1
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Denise Smith: I heard they take your picture in a swimsuit.
Holly: In your swimsuit? Holy moly.
Denise Smith: I'm Denise, this is Nancy.
[shoves Nancy]
Denise Smith: Say hello Nancy!
Nancy: Hello.
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Worth a look if you don't want to think too hard
17 December 2007 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

This was on TV last night under the name "The Price of Beauty". I was tired at the time and couldn't be bothered to get up off the sofa, so I ended up watching it. Lucky, then, that this isn't a bad film at all! The basic storyline is about two country girls - Ruby and Holly - who move to the city to make money. Yes, I could say which places are involved but it's not actually that important. The part where it gets more interesting is that they audition to become Bunny Girls in one of Hugh Hefner's first establishments. This film could've used this idea as a way to gain a strong insight into how this empire worked back in the day, but unfortunately glosses over it a bit too much. It's implied that the working environment is tough and that standards are very high, but the film misses a trick here; they could've emphasised this more, which would've made the success and failure of the two heroines more succinct.

The acting varies from being very good (Marilu Henner and Rhea Perlman putting in good performances) to the very poor, and the club singer has some seriously scary make-up on. The music is also very good: I liked the music in the club, despite the fact that one of the tunes, "Gee Whiz", goes on long enough to make the 1812 Overture sound like something recorded by Napalm Death.

The film itself trots along at a gentle pace, with a smattering of touching moments to make it feel-good enough without being too syrupy. It has the odd comedy moment too, but the only laugh-out-loud parts are right at the very end of the film.

Maybe it was my partially catatonic state, but I actually enjoyed this film. It had enough about it to engage, it had likable characters and a good soundtrack. It isn't mind-fodder but then you don't always want that late on a Sunday night.

If you're after a film with a tight plot, fantastic script and peerless acting then you're looking in the wrong place; Moulin Rouge this isn't. However, if you're up for a bit of (relatively) mindless entertainment then you can do worse than this.

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