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The House Bunny (2008)

PG-13 | | Comedy, Romance | 22 August 2008 (USA)
After Playboy bunny Shelley is kicked out of the playboy mansion, she finds a job as the house mother for a sorority full of socially awkward girls.

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Finding family. Shelley Darlingson was raised in an orphanage, finally happy when she blossoms into a fox and moves into the Playboy Mansion. Unfortunately, she's summarily expelled on her 27th birthday(she's now too old). In desperation she takes a job as house mother for a sorority of misfits losing their house for lack of members. They have but a few months to find 30 pledges, or a sorority of mean girls will take over their place. Shelley figures that girls will pledge a house that boys find interesting, so she sets out to make the Zetas alluring, not act too smart, and host great parties. Can she succeed, and what about her own makeover? Sabotage is everywhere, plus it's hard to be one's self. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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They wanted a role model. They got a Playmate. See more »

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Comedy | Romance

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Rated PG-13 for sex-related humor, partial nudity and brief strong language | See all certifications »

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22 August 2008 (USA)  »

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I Know What Boys Like  »

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$25,000,000 (estimated)

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$14,533,702 (USA) (22 August 2008)

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$48,237,389 (USA) (10 October 2008)
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The abbreviation for the sorority, ZAZ, is also used for Zucker, Abrahams and Zucker, the creators of The Naked Gun: From the Files of Police Squad! (1988), Airplane! (1980) and other comedy films. See more »

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When Shelly gets out of jail and is sitting on the curb doing her make-up some college girls walk by discussing a party. The girls are walking behind Shelly and towards camera right. When Shelly spies on them through her make-up mirror, the girls are walking towards the right of the mirror when they should be walking towards the left. See more »

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Shelley: I gotta meet this freakin' bird!
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Referenced in The Bachelor: Episode #13.1 (2009) See more »

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Girlfriend
Written by Avril Lavigne and Lukasz Gottwald
Performed by Avril Lavigne
Courtesy of The RCA Records Label
By Arrangement with Sony BMG Music Entertainment
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An uneven comedy, but watchable

Shelley lives at the playboy mansion, and dreams of being a Playboy centerfold. The day after her birthday, she receives a letter telling her she has to move out. Ending up at the Zeta sorority house, a house in desperate need of pledges and money to stay open, she helps the girls, all outcasts at college to become sexier to get what they need, while they help her with a guy she has a crush on.....

The House Bunny shouldn't work. It's got a mixed message, suggesting that girls need to use their sexiness to get what they need, while at the same time saying being yourself, with some confidence, and you can get the same. So in that sense I don't think it completely works.

However, it is very funny in places. Anna Faris is showing herself to be a very funny actress, and keeps the humour coming through-out. Hers is the best performance here. The actress's who play the girls in the house are all different, but give good performances too, with the possible exception of Emma Stone as Natalie, the girl in charge of the house. It's not that she's a bad actress. I saw her recently in The Rocker and she was very good there. It's just that here, she seems to be trying too hard to portray the 'nerd' side of her character. It's not a bad performance, just a little uneven.

The script has some good one-liners in it, and director Fred Wolf keeps things moving at a brisk pace. It's not the funniest teen comedy I've seen, but it has enough moments to keep you smiling, and for it's running time is an enjoyable movie.


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